To celebrate the end of my second year at university, my housemates and I decided to leave the vicinity of York, our university city, and explore the area around it. Our sights were set on Scarborough.
The perfect place to spend a day, Scarborough’s main attractions were all within walking distance (although a bus may be recommended if you are not into walking). If you time your trip right, all are fairly empty as well – no crowds to ruin the day.
We went on a day that was not particularly sunny, and since two of Scarborough main features happen to be beaches, it was practically deserted. After alighting from the train (a short trip from York), we picked up a map from the map dispenser and headed out to the first of the two beaches, all set for a coastal walk up to the castle. A walk which culminated in a rather steep hill (it made the view from the top well worth it though).
The castle was stunning, ruins standing tall against the horizon. The grounds were quite large with little areas to see as you walked around (an underground chapel being one of these). A small café in the castle’s shadow provided us with a lunch to sustain us for the rest of the day; it had a mixture of yummy food – something for everyone to eat.
Upon leaving the castle, we stopped by the graveyard to visit Anne Bronte’s grave (one of those famous sisters), and walked down the second beach to our final stop: the Sea Life Centre. Unfortunately we missed out on the mini golf because we got there just before final entry, but it was fantastic having the centre practically to ourselves. There was a wide variety of animals – otters, jellyfish, penguins, seals, and the building was well designed for the purpose.
I really enjoyed the trip, and so did my housemates. It was relaxing and entertaining and a fantastic way to end the year. It will be a hard trip to top.