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Once a fishing port, Scarborough has now evolved into Yorkshire's favourite seaside resort boasting a fantastic setting above two beautiful white-sand bays. It's come a long way since the 17th century, after its waters were deemed to have medicinal powers. After that, an influx of healing hopefuls 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. Overlooked by the crumbling 12th century remains of Scarborough Castle, Scarborough coach trips offer all the attractions you would expect of an original seaside town. Snooze on a deckchair on the sand, admire the town's fine gardens, take a stroll along the elegant promenade 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 heyday splendour before browsing the staple souvenir shops along the promenade.
A variety of coach trips to Scarborough are available, often combining excursions to other top-spots in Yorkshire like medieval York, Whitby with its eerie cliff-top Abbey, a journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway or coach tour through the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. All packages include return coach travel, accommodation at a good 3 or 4* hotel in the town on either a breakfast or half board basis and allow for some time at leisure.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Scarborough, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting the England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
To find out more about visiting Scarborough, check out the official tourism website at discoveryorkshirecoast.com
There are a few places in and around Scarborough that are well worth a visit. Here are our top few:
Head to the Castle Headland to admire the beautiful views and explore the ancient castle. There is also a visitor centre to help you get the most out of your visit.
There is a boat trip for everyone here; if you fancy a thrilling ride there's the option of a speed boat, but for a more relaxing or sedate journey consider one of the pleasure steamers. Head down to the harbour and see which boat takes your fancy.
Visit this unique park which can be found close to the beach but has a lake with a waterfall and Japanese pagoda! Whilst there why not take a boat ride on the lake or take a stroll on one of the new woodland walks. If you happen to be there on a Monday or Thursday make sure you do not miss the 'Naval Warfare' show.
If the weather allows then why not head to one of the many beaches that Scarborough has to offer. Take your pick from the lively South Bay Beach to the quieter North Bay Beach or head out of town to Cayton Bay. Be advised though that there is a walk down to the beach!