Days out tested by us! – Scarborough Art Gallery

Price of admission – FREE / Donation box near door
Time to look around – 20mins – 2 hours dependent on activities

Taken from the Scarborough Art Gallery website:

Scarborough Art Gallery has had a fascinating history; this Italianate villa is the finest building situated in Scarborough’s beautiful Crescent gardens. The Crescent was designed in 1823 as part of the massive building programme in Victorian Scarborough. The Art Gallery was built in the late 1840s by the Uppleby family; neighbours included Lord and Lady Londesborough at Londesborough Lodge and Sir George Sitwell and family at Woodend who used these houses as holiday homes. Later it was known as ‘Broxholme’ and had a number of owners. When solicitor Henry Donner bought it in 1924 he renamed it ‘Crescent House’. Scarborough Corporation acquired the building after his death in 1942, and in 1947 it opened as the Art Gallery.

The gallery houses our permanent collection which has been built up over sixty years through gifts, bequests and purchases to reflect the eclectic mix of the community and the cultural heritage of Scarborough.

The Scarborough Art Gallery is a relevantly small Gallery compared to larger cities, but still has a few exhibits on rotation throughout the year.  Including events aimed at children to help expanded their artistic abilities.  It’s in close proximity to the Rotunda Museum, so if you’re down that way you may aswell pop into the Scarborough Art Gallery.  They even have an area that you can sit down in and have a drink and read a book. 

Top ten attractions in Scarborough

There is more to do in Scarborough then some people may think, we have chosen ten attractions that you must visit when coming here.  Don’t forget though that they’re more attractions on offer.

1. Sea Life Centre
Scarborough Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary will take you on a journey beneath the waves and introduce you to many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep.  Views of everything from humble starfish to mighty sharks.

2. Scarborough Castle
Scarborough castle conceals over 3000 years of turbulent history dating right back to the Bronze Age. It is said that King Richard lll enjoyed the view from the battlements so much so that he still walks them today.

3. Peasholm Park
Peasholm Park is an oriental themed park offering a beautiful system of streams and waterfalls, mini bridges and mystical gardens. There is a vast array of wildlife including an abundance of tame grey squirrels. Don’t forget you peanuts!

4. Scarborough Harbour
The harbour is situated under the Castle Headland in the South Bay. It is formed by three piers, the outer harbour being set aside for leisure activities while most of the port’s communal activities take place in the main or ‘old’ harbour.

5. Stephen Joseph Theatre
The Theatre has a national and international reputation and is ‘home’ to Sir Alan Ayckbourn, the world’s most performed living playwright.

6. Rotunda Museum
The Rotunda is the 2nd oldest purpose-built museum in Britain. Built to the specifications of William Smith – the father of English geology in 1828, the museum has been a focal point for geology and local history enthusiasts ever since.

7. Spa Complex
The Spa offers a range of conference suites and entertainment venues, including a 600-seater Victorian theatre and the Grand Hall that is home to the Scarborough Spa Orchestra.

8. Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Recently redeveloped this open air theatre, originally closed in 1985, Europe’s largest open air theatre.

9. Scarborough Art Gallery
Italianate villa built in the 1840s as part of the Crescent.  It displays Scarborough’s fine art collection, which features seascapes and views of Scarborough.  Also offers temporary exhibitions.

10. North Bay Miniature Railway
Opened in 1931, the Miniature Railway is one of the few railways in the country not to be nationalised. Situated in the Northstead Manor Gardens, this 20” gauge railway is ¾’s of a mile long with all the features of a full sized railway.

North Bay Railway & Peasholm

North Bay Railway around 2.5 miles from the Crown Spa Hotel, just walk round the North Marine Drive that you can see tailing off round the back of the lighthouse, when looking down to the South Bay from in front of the Hotel. Date visited Easter 2011.

Trip suitable for all the family (disabled access available) If your youngsters are ‘train obsessed’ like mine, then this trip is for you…

North Bay Railway have been operating trains since 1931, taking passengers from Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills stations, offering beautiful views of Scarborough’s North Bay.

North Bay Railway Things to Do in Scarborough
Toot-Toot Train Entering the Station!

The line operated by the North Bay Railway Company Ltd, offers a wide range of attractions as well as the railway, including the Glass House Bistro, Boating Lake and Historic Water Chute. Glass House cafe is opposite the train station: opening times 10am-4.30pm Mon-Fri Sat sun 10am-5. 

Children’s events take place throughout the year including Santa Specials, Themed Weekends, (Teddy Bear’s Express, Hallow screen) Xmas Santa express they are also open every weekend and daily from the 2nd of April onwards

Glass House Cafe
Nice place for a break and a Rest, sitdown and relax.




First train: 11:00am mid week and 10:30am at Weekends & Peak Times.

On the hour and xx.30 from Peasholm Park and xx.15 and xx.45 from Scalby Mills. At peak times, every 15 minutes

Until: 4:00pm

Child Single £2.00

Adults Single £2.60

Child Return £2.50

Adult Return £3.10

Prices at the lovely Glass house, just opposite the train station, vary from £4.95 for a baguette, cakes from £2.60, main meals £7.25, and £1.60 tea, or large cappuccino £2.25 and cold drinks from £1.80.

Scarborough Hotels, Events and Attractions from the 1960's

A Hotel in Scarborough
Crown Spa in the 1960's


From time to time we all complain about how things are not as good as when we were young.

The tourism trade continues to be a major part of the local economy despite the current affordability of foreign holidays. While weekend and mid-week-break trade are tending to replace the traditional week-long family holiday, the beaches and attractions are always very busy throughout summer – and increasingly busier in the winter months when Scarborough is often seen as a peaceful bolt-hole from cities such as London, Manchester and Leeds. Confidence in the hospitality industry is high, evidenced by major refits in recent years to the likes of the Crown Spa Hotel.

To have a look at the nostalgic past have a look at the link below for the Yorkshire Film Archive.

Memories of Scarborough South Bay Pool.

I spend all last weekend on the beach in a chalet (will be doing the same this weekend).

 Everybody had a great time; especially the kids in the rock pools and jumping off the South bay sea wall at high tide, though one or two were hesitant at the 5 foot drop..

 Jumping off the wall reminded me of the old South Bay pool high board; where up to age 10; I would walk up the concrete steps “legs a wobbling” getting to the top, looking down at the long drop below, watching the wet drips from my feet fall down to the water and disappear. Later I would do the obligatory walk of shame back down, much to the jeers of those spectating.

One day in March my sister and I received “shorty wetsuits”, I think so that we would spend longer in the South Bay Pool and not come home and bother mum and dad in the small hotel they ran; even though – the wetsuits were well received.

Jumping off the South Bay Pool High Board
From a Distance

My wetsuit was red and black, very stiff material and kept me warm for about 1 hour longer than without; it also I found offered me much valued protection from the odd “belly flop!”

 So one day aged 11, I went with my friends to the pool and also down there was a young lady I was rather taken with, anyway I wasn’t getting very much response with her, so I just got up and walked away.

I soon found myself for some inexplicable reason* doing the “wobbly leg walk” all the way to the top of the high board, I got to the top and looked down, it was a long way and my stomach was turning, but down in the crowd was the young lady I liked.

 Well it was decision time, jump? Or walk of shame?

 I then realised I had my Batfink suit on (MY SHIELD OF STEEL), I also realised that the young lady of my attentions was now watching me, as my dear friends had started shouting at me to “Jump!” and  other shouts like “chicken!”.

Now everyone in the South Bay Pool was watching ME! (in those days about 200 people). Needless to say I was now very nervous.

 Well the next 3 seconds were the longest of my life so far! I stepped off and my whole life seemed to be at an end – down I went.

 Needless to say I survived, and resurfaced with a big grin on my face and my friends speaking between themselves saying “He did it” “ I don’t believe it”

 As i was getting out (remember the enormous wooden steps?) one of the life guards came over to me said “How old are you?”

I answered “11” Expecting to be told off!

He replied “Well you had better get back up there and make another 3 jumps, just so you know for certain that the last jump was not a fluke!” (don’t think this advise would be allowed in today’s health and saftey world)

 So up I went at least another 10 times, that day, No wobbly leggs too!

 The news was all over school and I was quite proud at my achievement.

 All that summer I was a bit naughty as I would wait for an older boy or a man to do the “wobbly leg walk” then I would follow them up and speak with them while I was up there

  •  “long way down isn’t it?”
  • or my classic “someone died last week jumping of here”
  • or my other favourite “you first” (to be followed by “come on I haven’t got all day”) then I would jump off.

The older boy or man would then have to do the walk of shame! ALONE!

 Anyway if you want to see how high the board was have a look at the following 

*= Look this is a “man-thing” that you ladies make us do!