'Most beautiful' UK seaside town named best holiday destination

Picture of Scarborough

Yorkshire's most picturesque seaside town, Scarborough, has been declared the UK's top holiday destination.

This North Yorkshire gem, renowned for its stunning North Sea views and surrounded by natural beauty such as the North York Moors National Park, golden beaches, and rugged cliffs, is a standout choice. Time Out Magazine has recently hailed it as one of the best destinations in the UK for 2023, while CN Traveller magazine praised it as the "most beautiful seaside resort in England".

In its review, Time Out noted: "The dramatic castle occupies the headland which separates the two main bays' steep cliffs stretching away in both directions. The old town ascends the slope to the castle in a maze of crooked streets, with buildings dating back to Tudor times."

According to the Express, part of Scarborough's allure is the unique experience it offers each time you take in its scenic views. A great starting point for your visit could be the vibrant Scarborough Fair Collection, which houses Europe's largest collection of classic amusements and transport.

This museum offers a unique glimpse into the past, featuring attractions such as bumper cars, penny arcades, a carousel and the chance to enjoy afternoon tea during a stage show. Another must-visit is the Scarborough Rotunda Museum, a Jurassic geology museum that explores 65 million years of history, displaying thousands of fossils, dinosaur footprints and a Speeton Plesiosaur skeleton.

Admission to the Rotunda Museum is free for those under 18 and only £5 for adults, which also includes entry to the Scarborough Art Gallery. But no seaside holiday would be complete without a visit to the beach, and Scarborough has two stunning beaches: North and South Bay.

South Bay Beach is perfect for a family day out. Popular since Victorian times, it still offers attractions like donkey rides and a bustling promenade full of activities. North Bay Beach, meanwhile, is much quieter and ideal for relaxation or a leisurely stroll with a camera. It boasts numerous rock pools and charming vintage beach huts set against a backdrop of beautiful hills and cliffs.

The two beaches are separated by the remains of the magnificent Scarborough Castle, a 12th-century fortress that has survived Viking invasions and served as a royalist stronghold during the Civil War. After a day of sightseeing, it's worth visiting the Scarborough Castle Great Tea Room, which provides stunning views of both beaches and a selection of homemade cakes, jams, and other comforting treats.

Regardless of your holiday plans, Scarborough is an ideal location for a tranquil beach escape, boasting stunning views, a rich history, and a plethora of enjoyable attractions at one of England's most picturesque coastal resorts.