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Destination guide

Bag the best Scarborough holiday homes

Scarborough has been a bustling summertime getaway ever since the Victorian era. Before that, it boomed as a busy fishing port under the Plantagenet kings, gaining seaside forts that still stand above the rocky headlands, like something out of a Gothic novel. These days, people still flock to enjoy the sandy beaches of the South Bay, and sweeping views over the green coast and North Sea from the blustery Esplanade. They come for elegant Georgian spas and vertiginous funiculars that ride from the sloshing waves to the town. Scarborough holiday lettings pepper the centre and surrounding countryside, so there's oodles to pick from if all that sounds like your cup of North Yorkshire tea.

History

Explore medieval roots near Scarborough holiday lets

While escaping to a Scarborough holiday cottage might have only become a popular British pastime in the Victorian era, the tale of this seaside town goes back much longer than that. In fact, its origins can be traced to the years of the Plantagenet monarchs, with the first official charter being granted for a marketplace sometime in the 1150s. The splintered stones and eerie outline of Scarborough Castle herald the most iconic historical treasure, though. It's visible from anywhere in the resort, lurching in half-ruined keeps and towers, hiding tales of Scottish sieges and English Civil War battles, alike.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Scarborough

Do you want to discover attractions to see while you're in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Scarborough a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Stephen Joseph Theatre (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Spa Cliff Lift (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • North Bay Railway (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Alpamare (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club (1.2 mi / 2 km)
  • Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Scarborough

If you're planning a holiday around warm-weather activities, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 21°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Scarborough

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Scarborough is a great place to get outside. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • South Bay Beach (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • South Cliff Italian Gardens (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Peasholm Park (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • North Bay Beach (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Filey Beach (7.1 mi / 11.4 km)
  • North Riding Forest Park (10.4 mi / 16.8 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Scarborough

If you're travelling by train, make your way to Scarborough Station or Scarborough Seamer Station and explore the city from there.

How to get around

Ways to travel around Scarborough

Scarborough isn't big. It's compacted onto a few low hillsides that run along the side of the North Sea, beneath the rises of Scarborough Castle. You can pretty much walk anywhere if you've bagged yourself a Scarborough holiday let in the heart of the town, although the vintage Central Tramway that goes between the beach and the middle of the resort adds a novelty way to travel from sand to shops. A car is useful if you're keen on getting out into the North Yorkshire countryside. Untold natural wonders await there, from the wild Cleveland Heritage Coast to the undulating moorlands.

Food & drink 

Tasting regional foods near Scarborough holiday homes

Scarborough might just be the most unlikely culinary hotspot on the North Yorkshire coast you've yet to taste your way through. Thankfully, plenty of places serve regional produce and traditional English fare – there's even an annual Scarborough Food Festival that brings farmers' stalls, craft ale brewers and artisan bakers to the cobbled squares in spring. Must-try dishes include the Yorkshire pudding, which is a ubiquitous addition to any Sunday roast – find them served up with all the trimmings in the local gastropubs. And then there's parkin, infused with ginger and perfectly matched with hot Yorkshire tea.

Essential info

Key facts about Scarborough

  • The population of Scarborough is 61,000, but that increases considerably during the popular summer months
  • Humberside Airport and Leeds Bradford International Airport are the 2 closest major flight hubs to Scarborough
  • Bring waterproofs and good walking boots if you're planning on hitting the coastal walks around Scarborough
  • Average summer temperatures in Scarborough hover between 18–20 from June to August
  • Book Scarborough holiday lettings close to the beaches as early as you can – they tend to get reserved first

How many holiday rentals are available around Scarborough?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,922 holiday lettings around Scarborough. From 1,358 cabins to 1,358 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Scarborough?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Scarborough. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Peasholm Park: 2,061 holiday lettings
  • Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club: 2,058 holiday lettings
  • North Bay Beach: 2,021 holiday lettings
  • Scarborough Harbour: 2,025 holiday lettings
  • Ganton Golf Club: 1,547 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Scarborough listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Scarborough?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 1,358 Cabins in Scarborough. Our other popular types of Scarborough holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 1,358 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 171 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 325 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Scarborough?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 162 holiday homes with pool available in Scarborough. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.