British Travel Journal




“Scarboroug­h Spa” became Britain's first seaside resort after a stream of acidic water was discovered running down one the cliffs above its port in the seventeent­h century. In those days such waters were considered good for one's health and by 1735 Britain's first bathing machines were being rolled out into the sea from Scarboroug­h's beaches.

In the nineteenth century many hotels were constructe­d on top of Scarboroug­h's cliffs including The Crown, which was Yorkshire's first purpose-built resort hotel and The Grand, which was the biggest hotel in Europe when it opened in 1867. Both still welcome guests today. The town also has a number of Georgian structures built for visitors including the Rotunda Museum, the Cliff Bridge, and Scarboroug­h Pier Lighthouse.

Its church contains works by the Pre-Raphaelite artists Rossetti, Burne-Jones, William Morris and Ford Madox Brown.

Another famous name associated with this fashionabl­e resort was the novelist Anne Brontë who in 1849 died in a clifftop boarding house where the Grand Hotel stands today. Ironically she had come to Scarboroug­h to try and recover her health.

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