Scarborough North Bay

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  • With its two delightful, sandy beaches, spectacular scenery, and plenty of attractions, Scarborough is the quintessential British seaside resort.  It also has a good claim to be the country’s first commercial beach resort as tourists have been coming here enjoy the waters, fine views and the beneficial sea-air since a spa was opened here in the 17th century.  Despite its popularity, Scarborough retains much of its charm and has a character all of its own.

    The long, sandy beach at North Bay is backed by sea defences, an esplanade, hills and cliffs.  It has a distinctly wilder feel than the more commercialised South Bay area. Rocky outcrops at the north end of the beach become cut off at high tide, so anyone planning a rockpooling trip, needs to check tide times before setting out.  The southern end of North Bay has a wide expanse of good quality sand and is popular with bathers, families, surfers and a variety of water sports enthusiasts.  

    Brightly coloured beach huts are clustered together behind the esplanade and are available to hire for a single day or for longer periods. North Bay Beach has regularly been awarded Blue Flag status.

    The beach is dominated by the picturesque ruins of 11th century Scarborough Castle, set on a rocky promontory which divides North Bay from the more commercialised South Bay area.  From North Bay it’s a 20-minute walk along Marine Parade, a Victorian promenade, to the South Bay area.  For those who don’t fancy the walk, open top busses link the two bays and run regularly during the summer season.

    Immediately adjacent to the beach, a miniature railway, built in 1931 links Peasholm Park with Scalby Mills, where a Sea Life Centre can be found.  Peasholm Park is an oriental-themed parkland with a boating lake and a bandstand with resident organist.  Miniature sea battles are re-enacted on the lake.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs are not allowed on much of the beach from May 1st to September 30th

    Yorkshire dog friendly beaches »


    • Crazy golf/putting
    • Jet-skiing
    • Swimming/bathing
    • Surfing


    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Toilets
    • First aid point
    • Lost child centre
    • Beach hut hire
    • Slipway

    Nearest town



    YO12 7TP

    OS grid ref.

    TA 0388 8982


    There is parking with disabled spaces but it is over 5 minutes walk from the beach. There is a charge for using the car park.

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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    Scarborough North Bay Reviews

    Excellent beach

    Sue Brannen
    Aug 14th 2020

    We hired a beach chalet which was wonderful. Well equipped and spotless. The beach was perfect for the children and safe with lifeguards patrolling. The cafes and shops are excellent. Everywhere is very clean including the spotless toilets which were free.  The only snag was the weather   we had 3 days sun and 3 days fog. parking the car was £6 a day. Nevertheless we had a wonderful week at the beach.Many thanks to all the council employees who were very helpful and efficient.

    Beautiful for walking

    Sep 25th 2020

    Whilst doing a north-east beach hop, we found ourselves on this beautiful beach. It was immaculately clean and suitable for dogs too. Well worth a visit if you can get parked, as it was really busy when we visited and we had to park quite a long way from the amenities, however, because the beach is so long it didn’t feel crowded with people. Because the beach is sandy it made for a very pleasant walk.

    Simply wonderful

    Matthew Armitage
    May 18th 2021

    Fantastic beach with great facilities. Toilets clean, beach spotless, cafes reasonable and recommend hiring a beach hut.

    Not impressed

    Aaron Jay
    Sep 17th 2020

    After spending an hour Watching elderly and disabled people walking around Scarborough struggling we went to north beach only the access for the dog beach was limited as the council have blocked off access opposite the cafe - so I got to witness some elderly lady trying to get off the beach and she got stuck trying to squeeze through the bars at the slipway which the council have closed for access !! The other thing I clocked was not a single pedestrian Crossing / lights at all on the busy stretch of the road took forever to get cross the road !!