Discover Yorkshire Coast - History & Heritage
Scarborough

Discover Yorkshire Coast is the official Tourism Board for the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors. For accommodation, what’s on and where to go www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com  is the definitive website. We have a team of local experts on hand 7 days a week to help you plan your next holiday, day trip or business visit to the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors. 

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    Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby – The handsome 17th century house in Grape Lane is where the young James Cook came to serve his apprenticeship in the year 1746. It belonged to Cooks’ master, the Quaker ship owner, Captain John Walker. When Cook was not at sea, he lodged here in the attic with Walker’s ‘other family’ of apprentices. It houses a superb collection of original exhibits about Yorkshire’s most famous son. Original paintings, maps and manuscripts, ship models and Pacific artefacts tell the story of the Voyage.

    Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre - Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre has an exhibition and information on the history of ship building, fishing and the maritime life of the port and harbour going back to the Romans and Vikings.  In November 2011 the museum was granted charitable status by the Charity Commission.

    Whitby Abbey – High on a cliff above the Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby are the gaunt, imposing remains of Whitby Abbey. Whitby Abbey was recently named Britain’s most romantic ruin. Discover how over 2,000 years of history make the Abbey one of England’s most important archaeological sites. And at the interactive visitor centre your family can view archaeological finds spectacular audio-visual displays.

    Scampston Hall at Scampston Hall & Walled Garden, Malton - This country house has remained in the same family since the 17th century. Extensively remodelled in 1801 by the architect Thomas Leverton with fine Regency interiors and now houses an important collection of works of art.

    Scarborough Castle - With over 2,500 years of turbulent history behind it, Scarborough Castle defends a prominent headland between the north and south bays, with sheer drops to the sea.

    North Yorkshire Moors Railway – The North Yorkshire Moor Railway is one of the world’s greatest heritage railway experiences with thrills and family fun at its heart. Climb on-board a steam or heritage diesel train and experience 24 miles of Yorkshire’s amazing scenery at this must-see visitor attraction.

    North Bay Railway at North Bay Railway & Sky Trail Adventure, Scarborough - Travel on Britain's most historic seaside miniature railway running for 3/4 mile through the North Bay at Scarborough, with spectacular views of Scarborough's North Bay, historic headland & Scarborough Castle.

    Burton Agnes Hall at Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens - Burton Agnes Hall is a magnificent example of Elizabethan architecture built in 1598 by Sir Henry Griffith and still lived in by his descendants. The Hall is fitted with treasures collected and commissioned by the family over the centuries - original Elizabethan carving and plasterwork and a marvellous collection of Impressionist paintings.
    The Hall is surrounded by lawns and yew topiary bushes while the old walled garden is filled with collections of roses, clematis, herbs and perennials contained in a potager, maze, jungle garden and coloured gardens with giant board games.


    Discover Yorkshire Coast

    Glorious Coast, Delicious Cuisine, Rich Culture & History, Beautiful Countryside, Outdoor Adventure, Creative Events, Spectacular Views - The Yorkshire Coast has it all.

    Stretching from Spurn Point to Saltburn-by-the-Sea, this unique stretch of coastline boasts a string of gorgeous and very different seaside towns and villages, from traditional resorts such as Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Whitby, to picture-perfect fishing communities like Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick Bay and Staithes. Many of which are in the stunning North York Moors National Park.

    It’s a coastline of many contrasts, whether you’re a family looking for a welcoming beach, a food lover in search of the best and the freshest, or the outdoor type in search of walks and wildlife, the Yorkshire Coast offers the perfect holiday.

    You won’t have any trouble finding somewhere to lay your head after a busy day having fun. From traditional bed & breakfasts, pubs & Inns, 4 star hotels, luxury boutique boltholes, country estates, manor houses and self-catering cottages & apartments; to working farms with wigwams, wagons and tree top lodges – the accommodation on the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors is as varied as the landscape.

    Whether you’re a gourmet connoisseur, a budding Sir Bradley Wiggins, a land lubber or a salty sea dog – we’ve got an event for you.

    Having fast become an annual event the Tour de Yorkshire causes a flurry of excitement as it rushes through the country roads of Yorkshire in early May. Scarborough has been lucky enough to host a stage finish each year so far, on the beautiful North bay.

    Celebrate Whitby’s Fishing Heritage at Whitby’s new ‘Fish and Ships’ festival. Explore everything that’s special about the Yorkshire Coast’s magnificent maritime culture, from the building of its boats to its multi award-winning fish restaurants. Choose from an endless choice of activities at this jaunty weekend, with so much to enjoy for all the family.

    Say ‘Thank you’ to our British Armed Forces – And 2020 will see Scarborough have the special privilege of hosting the National Armed Forces Day right here on the coast! – with vintage stalls, marching bands, breath-taking air displays and music to the max; it’s a memorable day where we show support for our brave men and women, past, present and future.

    Scarborough’s Maritime Festival -  Seafest welcomes budding pirates and land lubbers alike, with live music from dawn to dusk, foods from around the world, demonstrations in the cooking theatre by top local chefs  and over 30 food and craft stalls.

    Filey hosts their annual Festival – ‘Return of the Dragon’.  With live bands, musicals, motorcycle stunts and riding shows; go along and enjoy a weekend of free entertainment and family fun!

    Whitby Regatta sails in during August featuring yacht and rowing races alongside a full weekend of entertainment – culminating with a spectacular firework display. For those who prefer their entertainment on dry land of the musical variety then stay on for the Whitby Folk week kicking off in and around the local bars.

    As the darker nights roll in, September, welcomes the Goldwing Light Parade to Scarborough’s South Bay; this popular event is one of the UK’s most glitzy Goldwing charity events!

    In October see Bram Stoker's inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations. Have your camera at the ready as you explore the gothic splendour of the ruins lit up with all the colours of the rainbow.

    So what are you waiting for? Visit www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com to find out about all the events and make some memories on the Yorkshire Coast.

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    9am-5pm - Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun
    9.30am-5pm - Wednesday

    Address

    Tourism Services, Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicolas Street, Scarborough , YO11 2HG

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