British Travel Journal
5 BEST SEASIDE RESORT
“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.