Once a fishing port, Scarborough was at the forefront of Britain's first seaside resorts after its waters were deemed to have medicinal powers in the 17th century. An influx of healing hopefuls then ensued and by the 18th century the sea was dotted with bathers taking part in yet another latest craze.
These days the sea is still full of bobbing swimmers weather permitting and the town is still a major holiday resort. Looked over by the crumbling 12th century remains of Scarborough Castle, Scarborough is divided into two bays by the castle headland and offers all the attractions you would expect of an original seaside town. Snooze on a deckchair on the sand, spread out on a towel in the sun, search rock pools or drag yourself away from the beach to try out the town's lively amusements. Wander through the streets to admire Scarborough's Victorian architecture and imagine the town in its heydey splendour before browsing the staple souvenir shops along the promenade.