Destination guide

Scarborough—more than parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

With rich local history, a storied 12th-century castle, and plenty of sandy beachfront along the North Sea, why wouldn't you be going to Scarborough fair? This lively port town is a major seaside resort, and summer visitors are drawn to the area for its charming miniature railway, sprawling parks, and a wealth of shopping, dining, and nightlife destinations. With a Scarborough vacation rental, you'll be a hop, skip, and a jump from local sights like the the ruined Scarborough Castle, the Rotunda Museum, and the sprawling North York Moors National Park.

Things to do

Explore cultural Scarborough's great indoors

If you can tear yourself away from Scarborough's scenic waterfront, you'll find plenty of indoor attractions well worth your time, too. At the Rotunda Museum you can get a mole's-eye view of the area's natural history with an extensive collection of fossils, minerals, and other geological specimens in a striking, circular building. And Scarborough Castle is always worth a visit. This ruined hilltop fortress from the 12th century offers panoramic sea views, and the site hosts regular events and activities throughout the year. At the Scarborough SEA LIFE aquarium, you can get face-to-face with octopi, seals, and other marine life.


Just coasting through along Scarborough's shoreline

Thanks to its position along the North Yorkshire coast, Scarborough's beaches are a hit with locals and visitors alike. Beachgoers of all ages flock to South Bay Beach, a sandy stretch of coastline beside the North Sea with plenty of space for swimming and sunbathing. You'll also find a beachside promenade, and a pier with an amusement park. Outdoorsy types can stroll the Cleveland Way, a nature trail that winds its way around the outside of the North York Moors National Park, just a short drive from your Scarborough vacation rental.


Summertime Scarborough—a waterfront dream

Scarborough has an oceanic climate, with mild summers, chilly winters, and regular rainfall throughout the year. Average summer highs peak at 66 degrees in July and August, while average highs in the winter hover around 44 degrees in December, January, and February. The area's mild climate makes it a favorite for summertime visitors, and most of the city tends to empty out once autumn rolls around. You'll have the best luck finding more budget-friendly Scarborough vacation rentals during the less busy winter months, but be warned—the blustery winter days can plunge into the teens, so bundle up accordingly.

Natural features

See it all in scenic, seaside Scarborough

Located on England's northeastern coast, Scarborough offers plenty of sandy beaches and rocky shoreline along the North Sea. While most of Scarborough is either urban or suburban, you can find plenty of parks throughout the hilly town. At the 35-acre Peasholm Park, you can find a man-made boating lake and an open-air arboretum with trees from around the world. At the North York Moors National Park, just a short drive from town, you'll discover more than 354,000 acres of rolling countryside that's home to grazing cattle and sheep, as well as several species of local and migratory birds.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Scarborough

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Scarborough Station or Scarborough Seamer Station and explore the city from there.

Can I find a vacation rental around Scarborough?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,972 vacation rentals near Scarborough. From 895 Cabins to 895 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Scarborough for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Scarborough?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Scarborough. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Scarborough Indoor Karting: 2,055 vacation rentals
  • Scarborough Station: 2,082 vacation rentals
  • North Bay Beach: 2,064 vacation rentals
  • Scarborough Spa: 2,067 vacation rentals
  • Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary: 2,079 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Scarborough listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Scarborough?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 895 Cabins in Scarborough. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Scarborough include:

  • Cottages: 895 rentals available
  • Houses: 859 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 895 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Scarborough?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 152 vacation rentals with pool available in Scarborough. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.