Britain’s first seaside resort, Scarborough is located in North Yorkshire, England. Its spa waters were discovered in the 17th century and it became a hugely popular destination in the mid-19th century with the completion of the Scarborough-York railway. Scarborough Castle on its headland divides the town into two bays: the busier South Bay is home to the harbour, the spa complex and the Italian Gardens, while the North Bay is quieter and relatively undeveloped. In spite of the huge rise in popularity of European package holidays, it remains a well loved tourist destination.
TransPennine Express run an hourly fast train service to York, Leeds and Manchester, with onward connections to the rest of the country. Northern Rail run a less frequent service down the coast to Bridlington and Hull.