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Things to do in Scarborough District

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“One of the most beautiful places in the world (I don’t think I’m just being bias!) I can recommend many amazing walks where you will feel on top of the world, and potentially not see another soul! It really is the best sort of medicine.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Great day out with children, a good variety of rides for differing ages, adults too, don't miss out on the zoo which is great for children of all ages!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Whitby Abbey is run by English Heritage. It can be accessed either by walking up the 199 steps, or via the car park at the rear.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Dalby Forest part of the North Yorkshire National Park is perfect for cycling (bike hire available), walking and for those adrenaline junkies why not book onto Go Ape and swing from the tree tops! Great place for family picnics by the stream with a super children's play area.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Theatre
“The word famous Theatre in the round and the McCarthy theatre in one iconic building. See a play or a film, visit the theatre bar, restaurant or shop too. All in the town centre.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Transportation
“The North York Moors railway, as seen on TV, is a must see. With stations at Whitby, Sleights, Grosmont, Goathland, Levisham and Pickering, you can travel and explore over the day, or book on one of their specials. Look out for special events over the year. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Amphitheater
“The Open Air theatre has played host to some of the music industry's biggest stars including Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Olly Murrs, Boyzone to name a few.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Historic Site
“With its stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary offers a unique mix of indoor and outdoor attractions making it the perfect family destination whatever the weather. Get closer than ever before to amazing Octopuses in our brand new feature for 2017, Octopus Hideout. You'll come face-to-face with our Giant Pacific Octopus - the only one of its kind of the North East Coast, and you'll get to learn all about these highly intelligent creatures. Learn how to waddle with our colony of 22 adorable Humboldt penguins in their walkthrough home, Penguin Island, and meet the rescued seal pups in Yorkshire's only Seal Hospital. There is so much to see with 1,000 different creatures and 50 fascinating displays.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
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“The North Beach offers a large expanse of sand, for walking, sandcastles, and playing games. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Hotel
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“Lovely and cosy in the bar in winter, great garden in the summer. Wonderful food.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
“See a show or a concert I. One of two theatres within this historic building. Spa treatments are no longer available but there is a chance to relax in the run court with refreshments whilst listening to the daily concerts.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Museum
“A wonderful museum on the outskirts of Malton. Children and adults will love the history of this place, with plenty of interactivity. Visit the shelters and discover all the history of Malton during the 2nd World War. There is also a cafe and outdoor children's play area on site.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“A lovely park with a Chinese influence. Includes a boating lake with pedalos. North Bay, Scarborough YO12 7TR Just outside the park there is an award wining fish & chip shop ! North Bay Fisheries 179 Columbus Ravine, Scarborough YO12 7QZ ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Fish & Chip Shop
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“Has some excellent fish dishes - best fish pie in town - and great views from the Abbey side of the river. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Tea Room
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“The falling foss waterfall, can be accessed on foot from the cottage, if you are a strong walker, but also via car. The waterfall is lovely, and the cafe serves great cream scones.”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Hotel
“Lovely and cosy in the bar in winter, great garden in the summer. Wonderful food.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Fish & Chip Shop
“Has some excellent fish dishes - best fish pie in town - and great views from the Abbey side of the river. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Serves the BEST cocktails and sometimes does a 2 for 1 Sunday to Thursday . Food is delicious and offers a street food vibe , along with fish and chips ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Café
“The Magpie restaurant in Whitby, is a favourite seafood restaurant for Foodies. You can get fish'n'chips at the takeaway, but the restaurant has a much wider range of great quality seafood.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Café
“Quirky little bistro cafe hidden behind the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Well worth a visit...popular with locals ☀️”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Next to River Esk. Famous Signature Menu- e.g. Steak on the Stone. Order food as portions. Starter =1 portion, 4 or 5 portions for sharing.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great for breakfast and light lunches also has more than 100 different gins! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cheap and cheerful. Find online voucher offers for half price midweek dining”
  • 7 locals recommend

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