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Scarborough - Nature, Parks & Gardens

Scarborough is a fantastic base for nature lovers, sandwiched as it is between coast and country. Walk along the beach, and you can spot wildfowl, waders and other seabirds; seals, porpoises, and, if you’re really lucky, the occasional whale or even basking shark.Head north, and within ten minutes you’re in the North York Moors National Park, with game birds, curlew and deer; south for the Wolds, with a chance of spotting a magnificent red kite, and the world famous Bempton Cliffs, bustling with puffins and gannets. Just inland, you can find the gorgeous Forge Valley, with its ancient woodland and trout stream.

If you prefer your great outdoors just a little less wild, Scarborough’s many parks and gardens are one of its great glories, including Peasholm Park with its Willow-pattern-themed island, where you can walk, boat, listen to music from the lake-centre bandstand, or enjoy the unique and eccentric experience of the Naval Warfare – a miniature recreation of the Battle of the River Plate, featuring the smallest man-powered navy in the world!

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Betton Farm Animal Farm

Betton Farm

Racecourse Road, East Ayton, North Yorkshire, YO13 9HT (3 miles, 5 km)

Something to see for all the family meet farmyard friends ride on toy tractors play in the play area. Enjoy farm baking and home cooking in our restaurant

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Burton Riggs Nature Reserve

Off the A64 just outside Scarborough, Seamer, SCARBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, YO12 4QE (3 miles, 5 km)

The large, open lakes at Burton Riggs make it a fantastic place to watch wildfowl and waders, particularly during autumn migration and over the winter months.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Chafer Wood Nature Reserve

Just north of the village of Ebberston, SCARBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, YO13 9PA (9 miles, 15 km)

Bluebells, ramsons and other woodland pants offer a tapestry of colour in this idyllic mixed broadleaved woodland nature reserve.

Falsgrave Park

Falsgrave Park

Top of Oak Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 4AP (1 miles, 1 km)

Falsgrave Park is a valuable community green space attracting visitors from all over Scarborough to its play area, scenic variety woodland splendour and stunning coastal views.

Shuttleworth Gardens

Shuttleworth Gardens For The Blind

Esplanade, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2AY (0 miles, 1 km)

These special sensory gardens are filled with strongly scented, fragrant plants and flowers in raised beds, which are particulary appreciated by the blind.

Humble Bee Farm

Humble Bee Farm

Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, Scarborough, N Yorks, YO11 3UJ (7 miles, 11 km)

Offering guests the opportunity to take part in a number of exciting events, from experiencing the wonders of the dawn chorus to taking part in a fantastic Halloween weekend.

Valley Gardens, Scarborough

Valley Gardens, Scarborough

Valley Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2LY (0 miles, 1 km)

Ornamental gardens close to the town centre including duck pond, Museum and Art Gallery garden, Design a Flowerbed Competition, and Daffodil trail.

Humboldt Penguin

Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary

Scalby Mills, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 6RP (1 miles, 2 km)

Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary will take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean through 12 themed zones. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures.

Royal Albert Park

Royal Albert Park

Queens Parade, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 7HY (1 miles, 1 km)

Coastal open space with a difference with spectacular views from many cliff walks, geological interest, skate park and cafe.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Harland Mount Nature Reserve

Stepney Hill, SCARBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, YO12 5NL (1 miles, 2 km)

Set on a steep hill ascending out of Scarborough, this rough acid pasture and scrub woodland nature reserve offers beautiful views across the town and over the sea.

South Cliff Gardens

South Cliff Gardens

Esplanade, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2AY (1 miles, 1 km)

A coastal garden and woodland boasting pleasant walks with plenty of seating and spectacular views, Italian gardens and small pocket parks such as Shuttleworth Garden and Prince of Wales Terrace.

Italian Gardens are courtesy of Ron Womack

South Cliff Italian Gardens

Esplanade, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2AY (1 miles, 1 km)

The Italian Gardens in Scarborough are a famous and very beautiful area on Scarborough's South Cliff. They are a part of Scarborough's renaissance and conservation of the underlying Victorian heritage.

Peasholm Park

Peasholm Park

North Bay, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 7TR (1 miles, 1 km)

Peasholm Park is an historic and uniquely beautiful Green Flag park in Scarborough's North Bay.

Playdale Farm Park

Playdale Farm Park

Station Road, Cayton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3TL (4 miles, 6 km)

This attraction is a must for everyone come rain or shine. Our attractions include an animal farm, outdoor playground & undercover picnic area, indoor play area with ball pool, tractor zone, adventure trail & toddler area and gift shop.