An October 2005 trip
to Scarborough by MichaelJM
Quote: A great part of the country that we've visited over and over again.
For a bit of culture Scarborough has its own Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum brags that it’s the "finest Georgian Museum" in England". I’m not sure about that but it is certainly one of Britain’s oldest and the building’s architect is superb and has been tastefully update to make it a bright and interesting place to visit.
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Attraction | "Robin Hood's Bay"
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Robin Hood's Bay Sights & Attractions
Robin Hood's Bay
Filey claims to be an upmarket resort and there are some really well maintained Edwardian gardens and pretty parks in the town. Its greatest and indisputable claim is that there are over 5 miles of clean safe beaches and swimming and surfing are, despite the chilly North Sea, extremely popular pursuits. The local tourist board says that this is NOT the place to visit if you want "night clubs and noise" but it does seem to retain its quiet charm with quaint beach huts, gentle seascapes and a haven for wildlife. It’s hard to think that it started life as a thriving fishing port, as Filey has no sign of a harbour. A place to chill out and relax in or use as a quiet base for touring from! Still further down the coast (about 18 miles from Scarborough) and at the northern most tip of the Wolds (I’ve written about them in my Lincolnshire journals) is bustling Bridlington. This claims over 10 miles of sandy beaches and a wide variety of amusements and attractions for families (although I would maintain that Scarborough has the edge). But inland from the commercialised seaside resort is the surprising treat of Bridlington’s Old Town. There’s a 17th century-High Street with some really interesting shops selling shops, local crafts and if you fancy a coffee or a bite to eat there are countless cafés for afternoon teas or a decent meal.In a picturesque setting on the "village green" stands the imposing 1000-year-old St Mary’s Priory Church. The priory was once one of the wealthiest in England but most of its important and valuable assets were stripped from it during the Reformation. Nowadays its 13th-century nave is still impressive and there are good exhibits recounting the town’s history. On the opposite side of the green is the Priory Gatehouse, built in 1390 and a former prison. It’s now the Bayle Museum with displays of the historic townsfolk of Bridlington with a range of old photographs, paintings and local artefacts. And a "living reminder" of earlier times can be seen in the centre of the market place. The stocks in their prime site so that the honest townsfolk could cast derision against the local ne'er-do-wells.
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Whitby is a town of two distinct halves; one side being the ’trippy’ section with arcades, candy floss stalls, hot dogs, and some of the most incredible fish and chip restaurants in the nation. One restaurant in particular is renown for its supreme quality, but you'll need to be prepared to queue (you can’t miss it just head for the harbour and join the crowds) and to be honest most of the chippies (I’ve tried a few) offer exceptionally good value for money with freshly caught fish. Climb the hill on this side of the harbour and take in the view of the Captain Cook statue, the huge whale jawbone and the stunning Abbey on the far side of the harbour. The harbour is a real treat as it still manages to retain a "small town feel." We saw young local lads fishing over the harbour wall with a bit of bait on fishing wire (no rod) whereas further along the more serious fishermen had a range of rods all going at the same time.On the other side of the harbour there's a myriad of narrow streets, lined with fascinating small shops, to explore. There are no nationwide stores in the centre of Whitby and I'll guarantee that you'll be tempted to buy from one of the many antique, jewellery, or craft shops. The jewellers have a good range of jet products that were made popular in Victorian times and have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. We felt fairly fit so decided to climb the 199 steps to the summit where the Abbey and Saint Mary's Church have pride of place. We found it an excessively hard haul but there are strategically placed benches for us less fit individuals (youngsters were sprinting past us with great pleasure).The imposing ruins of the ancient abbey are no less impressive close up but Saint Mary’s is a jewel, with a fascinating interior decked out with "box pews" and an amazing three-tiered pulpit. The view of the old town is sensational and its hard to resist an examination of the old cemetery. This town is steeped in history.
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