What is Scarborough Known For?
A seaside town situated in North Yorkshire, Scarborough is historically a part of the North Riding of Yorkshire, located on the North Sea coastline between 3-70m above sea level. The harbour rises up sharply north and west to meet limestone cliffs, with the older section of the town around the edges encased by a rocky headland.
Scarborough is the biggest holiday resort along the Yorkshire Coast and the largest seaside town in the whole of North Yorkshire, with a population of over 61,000 residents. The town benefits from the fishing trade, with a thriving tourist industry and booming digital and creative economy.
Its origins can be traced back as far as 966 AD, at which point the town was named ‘Skarôaborg’ by Viking raider Thorgils Skarthi, a claim based on a fragment of an Icelandic Saga. While there is archeological evidence that shows Scarborough was briefly under Roman rule, as well as being occupied by earlier settlements during the Stone and Bronze ages, any historical evidence of life between the 5th and 9th centuries would have been burned out of existence by Vikings under Skarthi’s rival, Tostig Godwinson, Lord of Falsgrave.
Today, Scarborough’s creative industries continue to dominate the town’s economy, playing a vital role in its economic success. Scarborough has previously won the accolade of Britain’s Most Enterprising Town, awarded in London during 2008, and has even gone on to win the European Enterprise Awards as Britain’s representative in Prague during 2009. The ‘Great Town Award’ crown was also given to Scarborough during 2010 by the Academy of Urbanism.
With a culture rich in music and the arts, the Grade II listed landmark the Scarborough Spa Complex sits on the seafront, home to the Scarborough Spa Orchestra, who perform there weekly. The town also hosts other famous landmarks such as the Opera House Casino, St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Hairy Bob’s Cave, and the site where Anne Bronte was laid to rest.