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  • Blue Flag

Beach, free entry

South Bay, Scarborough

South Bay, Scarborough

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South Bay has a large sandy bay with excellent facilities, child friendly amenities and is very popular with families. During the main season the RNLI patrol the beach with trained life guards.

There is a working harbour with a small fishing fleet and a new marina for yachts and pleasure boats. There are various boat and fishing trips around the bay and along the coast.

You will be spoilt for choice for amusements along the Foreshore and entertainment in the wonderful Victorian Spa Complex and Futurist theatres.
The Spa houses the famous Spa Orchestra during the summer season, which is the only one of it's kind remaining in the UK. Many national organisations hold their annual conferences there and is popular for TV and film locations.

Sample the wonderful Yorkshire fish & chips and seaside stalls selling traditional delights from cockles and oysters to Scarborough rock and fudge alongside quality cafes and restaurants.

A handy cliff lift provides easy access to the town centre in minutes.

Scarborough South Bay has some chalets which are open between 30 March – 21 September

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Accepts groups

Leisure facilities onsiteMobile phone coverageGrounds for outdoor activitiesChildren welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Opening Details

Open all the time

Please check tide times to ensure access to beach.


Free entry

Deckchairs and windbreaks available for hire £2.00 (£1.00 deposit refunded)


Foreshore Road,
North Yorkshire,
YO11 1PD



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Map reference: TA 046887  Lat: 54.28322 Long: -0.39401

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Directions to south bay when there are no major events taking place:
By Road:
Follow signs for Scarborough's South Bay.
From the South end of the bay you will come along Foreshore Road.
From Peasholm Park in the North Bay, go on seafront along Royal Albert Drive, Marine Drive and Sandside.

By Public transport:
There is a regular No.6 bus service from the town centre down to the West Pier in the South Bay (day time only). Current timetable at

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Scarborough station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Leisure facilities onsiteLeisure facilities onsite
  • Mobile phone coverageMobile phone coverage
  • Grounds for outdoor activitiesGrounds for outdoor activities
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted