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Planning a holiday in Scarborough.. need some help though...

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Planning a holiday in Scarborough.. need some help though...

Me and my partner are going to Scarborough at the middle of Juky for almost a fortnight. Staying at Green Gables, where we have rented one of the apartments there. Any one have any reviews on them?

Since my partner who is Swedish has never been to England at all, and I used to live there when I was younger I want to show him Scarborough from its best side.

I have also rented a car for a weekend, although not too chuffed over driving on the left hand side. Any one have any tips, or have been through that themself, having onlyh driven on the right hand side.

He loves football..

Would be grateful for any help.

Thanks

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21. Re: Planning a holiday in Scarborough.. need some help though...

Dodger70 did you actually look beyond the seafront? Did you walk any of the Cleveland Way into/out of Scarborough? did you visit the castle? walk the streets of the old town? tour around Peasholm Park? sit in the Italian Gardens or marvel at the architecture of the Esplanade and South Cliff? Take a ride on the minature railway or visit one of our excellent restaurants?

More to the point where did you stay? Obviously not one of the top 3 rated guest houses. There is plenty to do in and around Scarborough providing you have the imagination and effort to look beyond the first commercialised attractions you clap eyes upon.

I would echo that comment about the railway museum at York, it's excellent. Eden Camp at Malton is well worth a visit too. If you get a chance to go to the Dales - you must see the Ribblehead Viaduct and Dentdale, unforgettable. Scarborough though, is a wonderful example of a British seaside resort, end of.

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22. Re: Planning a holiday in Scarborough.. need some help though...

Well its been awhile, but we walked from the train station through the car less center and then a long stair case to the main street on the bay. We continued to walk the area all the way past the main part, returned, seeing the same old stuff. Later we boarded a local bus and while driving back to near the station we saw all of the depressing parts. We ended up having a pint at a pub and then the train back to York.

Having been a visitor for many years I have seen a large part of Britain. The Dales, the Moors all of which I think were quite grand. I liked York and perhaps I mentioned I was there this past winter for three nights. Went over to the Locomotion Museum in Shildon, and the Armory in Leeds. All great stuff. I have visited other tourist towns that I didn't like at all like Brighton, Cleepthorpes, Bridlington, Whitstable and others. I do like small fishing village and just don't understand why you don't visit them over resorts long past there glory days.

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23. Re: Planning a holiday in Scarborough.. need some help though...

Scarborough is so much more than the main shopping precinct and amusements; anyone who lives here knows that. Like I said, sometimes you need to look beyond the obvious.

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24. Re: Planning a holiday in Scarborough.. need some help though...

My last comment. Think as an over seas tourist would.

I am not going to spend time seeking out parts that you know about. I am going to follow the posted signs to the tourist area. When I see cheap dives as the main source of tourist attractions, I form my opinions.

When in York, from the train station I can see the Minster, walk the walls and see the historic sites. They have a couple tourist traps as well, but not an entire area devoted to them.

So, I like York, I don't like Scarborough. If you do, good for you. I will continue to seek out unspoiled villages..Any suggestions?

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25. Re: Planning a holiday in Scarborough.. need some help though...

So you never looked up and saw the Castle or looked beyond the buildings on the Seafront to see the Spa theatre (a beautiful piece of Victorian splendour with it's balconies, atria and terraced gardens or the magnificent Crown Hotel sitting proudly on the Esplanade or the atmospheric footbridge which has linked the Esplanade and St Nicholas Cliff for nearly 180 years? Shame really. I like you was a visitor to Scarborough 6 years ago and had virtually no knowledge of the town (other than the fact it was on the North Yorkshire Coast) I was able to deduce that there was more to the town than the main thoroughfares as do a few thousand of other visitors each year whom I personally come into contact with.

Of course Scarborough has certain buidings that need money throwing at them and areas of the town that are not the best, but which town of approximately 50,000 people doesn't. This town has a built environment which illustrates perfectly the social history of the British seaside resort and how it has adapted to changing demands and is now enjoying a renaissance. In my opinion (and it is only that), Scarborough makes a far more interesting proposition than village after village of British 'quaintness'.

I would also bin the idea of the car and use public transport instead, why have the hassle of driving and parking, especially if you are both reasonably active.

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26. Re: Planning a holiday in Scarborough.. need some help though...

What a great post Katherine. Agree totally.

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27. Re: Planning a holiday in Scarborough.. need some help though...

Regards reviews - the only ones I could find are on booking.com, search under Scarborough UK and tick the box 'I don't have specific dates yet', scroll down through the list until you find 'Green Gables' and click on the reviews button.

In my opinion it seems a bit hit and miss. Unless they have spent massive money over the winter personally I wouldn't chance it. I'd telephone and ask lots of questions about what the accommodation is like. Do they have photographs of the apartment you will be staying in? Just a thought.

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28. Re: Planning a holiday in Scarborough.. need some help though...

Less than four weeks away.

We have booked a holiday apartment at the GG, the pictures looked ok. And we have not planned to stay in except at night and for breakfast. Will be nice to be able to make our own breakfast and not have to be dependant on set hotel breakfast times. Not to fond of a full english. Just too greasy in our opinion. But will let my partner try once at least, so he knows what one is. Also nice to make a few suppers in the apartment, saves a few pounds that can be spent on seeing the sights.

I am going to let my partner try fish and chips and also a sunday dinner.

Anything else typical english food I should let him try?

Although no kidney or liver or anything like that, Will be taking him to a pub to try that too. Any decent pubs around? Nice atmosphere.

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29. Re: Planning a holiday in Scarborough.. need some help though...

Your nearest pub is the Tap and spile (lots of real ale) on Falsgrave road and the New Tavern. The Tavern often have live rock/blues/folk bands on a weekend.

Cellars and the Valley Inn pub on Valley road are also nearby.

You have 2 fish and chip takeaways on Falsgrave road, although my favourite is Inghams in Filey.

The premier league football season desn't start until 15th August, you may get a few friendly football games on the tv though.

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30. Re: Planning a holiday in Scarborough.. need some help though...

Do visit Filey and go to Ingham's for fish and chips - you wont regret it.

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