Here’s everything you need to know when it comes to planning a weekend in Scarborough. So, whether you’re planning your first visit or your fiftieth you can be sure you’ll have a wonderful time.
Over the last 10 years or so the local seaside resorts of England have taken a downturn with many of us turning to cheap all-inclusive holidays in Europe. Scarborough lost a lot of its sparkle that I remember so fondly from my childhood. However, thanks to some strategic investment in the area the ancient castle, stunning cliffs and sandy beaches have been revitalised.
Getting To Scarborough
When it comes to the first stage of planning your weekend in Scarborough you’ll need to think about how to travel there. The ways in which you can get to Scarborough include;
Getting the Bus
You can get local Coastliner bus to Scarborough. The bus from Leeds to Scarborough operates almost every hour – you can see the full timetable here.
The journey from Leeds takes almost three hours and stops at major towns and cities such as; Tadcaster, York and Malton.
At the time of writing, you can purchase the Daytripper Plus which allows you to ride on all the York Bus services including the Coastliner at a cost of £16 per adult, £10.50 for a child and £30 for a group of up to 5 adults.
All Daytripper tickets can be used all day, any day of the week – simply buy from your driver or through the app, Transdev Go.
Drive To Scarborough
If like us you’re planning on driving to Scarborough from Leeds then you’ll be following the A64. While the one road to Scarborough sounds simple – and it is. It can quickly become very busy especially on weekends, school holidays and bank holidays and due to its single carriageway. The likes of an accident, a tractor or just a slow car can cause some serious delays.
If you’re looking to spend a weekend in Scarborough travelling from the north then you’ll be best off coming down the A19 or depending on where in the north you’re travelling from down the A1(M) and then east along the A168, A169 and A170.
Once you get to Scarborough you’re going to be wanting to park your car somewhere. You can either look for accommodation with parking or look at the number of car parks in Scarborough as well as the Scarborough Park and Ride.
Car Parks In Scarborough
If you’re driving then you’re going to want to look at car parks in Scarborough. The price and availability of car parks in Scarborough can alter significantly depending on the time of day or season within the year. Below is a list of council-run car parks along with the postcode for each. To learn more about any of these carparks visit the Scarborough Council website.
Alternatively, there are privately run carparks in Scarborough including;
210 spaces at Tesco for customers only with a maximum stay of 3 hours.
433 spaces at the NCP carpark at Balmoral.
In some cases, your accommodation may come with complimentary parking.
Be sure to compare the car parks in Scarborough to a map to ensure that the car park is located near to where you’d like to be situated during your visit to Scarborough.
Scarborough Park and Ride
The Scarborough park and ride is designed to ease congestion within the town. There are two There are two park and ride locations within Scarborough. They are; Seamer Road (service 64) and Filey Road (service 165). Each of the park and ride locations have 600 free spaces.
The Scarborough park and ride buses run every 15 minutes, seven days a week all year round, including Bank Holidays, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Each of the buses calls at South Bay and York Place before returning back to it’s designated park and ride location.
The cost of the park and ride is as follows;
More information on Scarborough park and ride can be found on the North Yorkshire council website here.
Catch The Train
You can also look at getting the train for your weekend in Scarborough with direct services from Leeds and York for as little as £16 return for an adult.
You can book your train travel to Scarborough in advance using TheTrainline website.
Scarborough train station is situated on the outskirts of the town at the top of the shopping district where the A64 and the A165 meet. It’s therefore likely that upon arriving into the train station you’re going to need further transport to get to your hotel, caravan park or even just the beach – especially if you’re travelling with luggage.
Luckily, there’s plenty of options to suit all budgets including plenty of bus routes;
Where To Stay in Scarborough
Scarborough benefits from a whole range of different accommodation options from traditional hotels to local bed and breakfasts. The Booking.com widget below highlights the best of these.
If you’re looking for something traditional to Scarborough itself then why not consider hiring a caravan and camping out on one of the many caravan parks in and around Scarborough.
Things To Do In Scarborough
There’s enough to do in Scarborough for more than a week here. However, we only had the weekend so here’s what we managed to get up to during our time here;
Hit The Arcades
There’s loads of arcades on Scarborough sea front that are open year round for your entertainment. They have everything from grabber machines to 2p machines to the more traditional slot machines for adults. Be sure to visit and see if you can win yourself a souvenir.
Ride The Tram
The central tramway was established in 1881 and is steeped in a vast amount of history. You can ride the tram either from the seafront up to the town centre or vice versa for just £1 per person.
Despite it’s age the central tramway is clean and very well presented. In our opinion there’s no better way to climb the hill to the town.
Visit The Shops
The centre of Scarborough has gone through a major redevelopment recently and boasts a wide-range of high street stores as well as mainstream and independent cafés, coffee shops and restaurants.
Buy Souvenirs At The Market
Just off the high-street is the Scarborough Public Market Hall. Filled with independent craft shops, fruit and veg stalls, as well as a café this is a great place to spend you’re cash while supporting the people of Scarborough.
Take A Walk On The Beach
Finally, let’s talk about the reason most of us even visit the seaside. The beach!
Scarborough beach is made up of the north bay and the south bay and is ideal for lounging around, paddling, walking with your dog or even learning to surf.
For more information on what to do during your visit to Scarborough check out TripAdvisor. Alternatively, visit our guide for things to do in Yorkshire for ideas of what to do in the surrounding areas of Scarborough.
There we have it. A weekend in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Labelled the first ever seaside resort there really is something for everyone here. As always we’d love to know if you’ve been to Scarborough and if so where did you stay, what did you get up to and how did you enjoy it? Let us know in the comments down below.
In the meantime be sure to check out our guide to the other nearby seaside town of Whitby – the home of Bram Stoker’s famous novel Dracula.