Scarborough sits on the stunning Yorkshire Coast and boasts one of the most spectacular and beloved coastal locations in the country, with two sweeping bays, each with its own distinct personality (the more lively South Bay and the more tranquil and nostalgic North Bay), either side of a headland dramatically topped by the beautiful ruins of a 12th-century castle.
Scarborough is surrounded by three very different and remarkable landscapes - the wilds of the North York Moors to the north; the rural idyll of the Vale of Pickering due west; and the gently undulating chalk downs of the Wolds heading south. Scarborough is only a 45-minute train journey from one of the country's busiest and most historic stations, York, with hourly trains between the two.
Scarborough also hosts the beautiful Peasholm Park which is is an absolute gem! A central island with Japanese Pagoda ornately sitting on top, is surrounded by a lake. A waterfall cascades from the top of the island. You can even circumnavigate the island on the Dragon or Swan themed pedalos. You can also visit Scalby Mills, The Rotunda Museum, The Mere, North Bay Heritage Railway, Scarborough Lighthouse, Marine Drive, Scarborough Spa and more...
There’s an excellent selection of schools in Scarborough and the surrounding areas, whether you are looking for primary, secondary, special educational needs or independent educators.
According to Ofsted, amongst the best performing school in the area are Springhead School which is rated as “outstanding”. St Martin’s CofE , Wheatcroft Community, Overdale Community and Northstead primary schools are all rated as “good” by Ofsted.
The best secondary schools/colleges are St Augustine’s and Scarborough Sixth Form College. Scarborough College is a highly rated independent school providing day and boarding schooling for boys and girls age 3-18. Scarborough also hosts the fabulous Scarborough Tec College.
"I love the pace of life in Scarborough; much more gentle than the fast pace of city life. New staff that come to our hospital talk about how friendly it is, how everybody says hello to everybody in the corridors and how helpful everybody is".
Emma Brady, Senior Sister
Coventry University Scarborough Campus offers a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around a Student's life, allowing them to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. They aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. They are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so keep fees low and most courses cover one module at a time, allowing students to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next
Scarborough is served by the First Trans Pennine route, bringing trains direct from Liverpool, Manchester, Blackpool, Leeds, Huddersfield, York. There are East Coast Mainline services from London, Newcastle and Edinburgh to York where you can take a Trans Pennine Express train direct to Scarborough. Northern Rail also operate a service to Scarborough from Hull and Bridlington.
Local buses are operated by EMYS. They also run seasonal Open Top Buses along Scarborough's seafront and a new tour bus called The Scarborough Skipper. Arriva also operate a service into Scarborough from the North East and Coastliner operate services from Leeds, York and Malton to Scarborough.
We are funding a pilot scheme to provide free bus travel for staff to and from work in Scarborough and York. This includes all of the First York network (including the Park and Ride services), and the Number 10 Service run by East Yorkshire Buses in Scarborough. The scheme launches on 1 June 2023. You do not have to apply, just show your trust ID badge to the driver. Passenger numbers will be monitored throughout the three-month pilot to determine sustainability of the scheme for the future.
There is an abundance of places for some retail therapy in Scarborough suiting all tastes and budgets. The fantastic Market Hall and Vaults has recently been refurbished and is a real underground labyrinth full of unique shops and small independent retailers.
If it's culture you are looking for, we have the Stephen Joseph Theatre where many world premieres are held and Scarborough Open Air Theatre is Europe's largest open air theatre with a capacity of around 8,000. There are currently 13 shows scheduled for the 2023 season including many big names including Sting, Pulp, and The Cult. Follow this up with food and drink from one of our local independent venues. Why not try award winning fish and chips on the seafront?