The history of the seaside is effectively mirrored in the history and heritage of Scarborough.
Many of the buildings that you will see on the Scarborough Heritage Trail represent
milestones on this long and eventful journey from obscure fishing village to thriving
seaside town. From the mid 17th century onwards, the far-spreading fame of the medicinal Spa waters brought the rich, the well-connected and the fashionable to Scarborough every season. Much earlier than anywhere else, too, sea bathing became an acceptable feature of the ‘Scarborough Experience’. These discerning early visitors sought pleasure as well as health. They demanded - and were prepared to pay for - the best of everything, from accommodation, food and drink to theatrical performances, elegant balls and banquets. By following the Heritage Trail, you will be able to trace some of the development in the social, religious, literary and artistic life of the rapidly growing town, and the buildings associated with each sphere of activity. The Heritage Trail also provides a glimpse or two of the earlier medieval walled town, when the narrow streets were thronged with cowled monks and friars as well as with the
European seafarers and traders attracted to the busy port for the trade outlets it offered. Later, during the 18th and early 19th centuries, shipbuilding vied in importance with holidaymaking as a major source of economic growth. Here too, the Heritage Trail gives
you an insight into the great days of sail as well as of the men who built and owned the ocean-going wooden vessels. Places, events and people described in this booklet represent a necessarily selective choice of historic sites, mostly located in or near what is now called the ‘Old Town’, where the traditional fishing community first established itself before the Norman Conquest. Fishing remains a feature of the local economy today.
by Beckie Blake
This is taken at the Castle. The grounds of the castle are
magical, and so evocative of a time gone by, where Scarborough Castle stood proudly atop the cliffs, a landmark of strength and history. The view here, looking out towards Cayton, is one which countless other eyes have gazed upon over the centuries.... It's like stepping into a piece of
Scarborough's history, another time, and it's wonderful!
by Graham Steele
New season deck chairs open epitomises the excitement of families visiting our
by Martin Dove
picture reminds us that without the selfless acts, of countless men and
women, we Scarborians would not have our freedom to enjoy our wonderful
Scarborough Lighthouse in the background symbolises a beacon of hope and prosperity for us all".
by Ziek Faulkner
This photo was taken of the early evening sunset, over the castle on the
hill. This reminds of taking my dogs on walks with my two daughters, who are
now 14 and 16 years old. The good ol' days.
by Mark Vesey
by Morgan Faulkner
by John Kendrick
by Barbara Bateman
by Brian Ralph
by Chris Richardson
As a Scarborian, born and bred, and also as a retired military man myself, I have always been touched by the warmth, generosity and hospitality of my home town to all those who have and continue to serve our country. These boys are men now, and I am so proud of them and of Scarborough for its unwavering support.
by Michaele Carrack
by Andrew Kent
The lighthouse provides a focal point for the South Bay. Being on the east coast it provides a greatopportunity for magical sunrises.
by Joanne Karim
I just really love living by the sea. There is nothing better than cycling around the bays watching the sun rise out of the sea to welcome in a new day. We have some really amazing cycle routes where you can enjoy stunning views of the sea or feel the calm of the countryside, but the sea always wins out to me. We have such a beautiful coastline, rich with heritage. What is not to love about living in Scarborough.
by Damian Loughran
I love the way that you never know what the sunrise will look like, but it is rarely boring.
by Connie Pummell
I love the view and lived on St Nicholas Cliff 28 years.
by Paul Belshaw
This is something I see every morning having my breakfast, from my kitchen window. I've looked at it now for twelve years; never get tired of it!
Note: This was our only analogue submission which was scanned for the website display.
by Lili Dixon
A beautiful piece of hidden architecture.
by Oliver Todd
Growing up I often wondered if there were shipwrecks in the sea and although I asked my mum, dad, nana and granddad, no one could tell me for definite. They would often tell stories of pirates and battles. One September morning in 2016 we were walking on the beach when we came across this wreck. Neither mum, dad or myself had ever seen it before. The picture I took shows the wreck along with the lighthouse to show its location. When we got home I researched the wreck and found it wasn't the pirate ship I hoped for when I was younger, it was called The Vivid which sank in 1888. The crew were saved by the lifeboat. The wreck is only visible when the sands are washed away revealing a mystery of the sea.
by Elise Garland
The best time of day, just before sunrise and the view over towards the castle is always one of my favourites. So atmospheric!
The elegant sweep of the Georgian Crescent, a real delight seen through my bedroom window.
by Liz Blades
by Melinda Dowson
Tremendous triangle captures a 'grand view' from each corner representing significant heritage landmarks in sparkling Scarbotough Britains first ever seaside resort.
by Sue Gurney
Water and boats is a winning combination for me, and even after over 30 years of living in Scarborough I never tire of this view
by Edward Spencer
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