Scarborough is a wonderful town, quite the jewel of the seaside resorts on the north east coast. With its two sandy bays divided by the impressive castle headland, it is a popular holiday destination.
The old town, overlooking the harbour, clings to the cliffs beneath the castle. Fishing is still an important industry here and the trawlers, side by side with the pleasure yachts, make for a colourful sight. Scarborough was the first Spa town in the country. The spring was first noticed about 1626 and its curative properties were well known in Yorkshire by 1660. Large numbers of visitors came to take the waters and the town became increasingly popular with the nobility.
Scarborough has many impressive houses and hotels, as well as the Spa and ornamental gardens, which were originally built to serve the visitors who flocked here once the railway opened. Today, two of the most interesting house the Art Gallery and Woodend Museum. Scarborough also boasts the first purpose built geology museum in the country; the pepperpot shaped Rotunda Museum is well worth a visit.