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Helmsley is your comfort stop after leaving Aycliffe.  You only have about an hour here but there are some award-winning eateries and the town’s very own Brewery.

It is the only market town in the North York Moors National Park with plenty to do in the town, from fascinating attractions including the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley Castle, Helmsley Arts Centre and the Walled Gardens. There are also some  interesting and unique shops and stores, galleries and boutiques – the town is even home to the winner of Britain’s Best Small Shop 2015.

Next stop is Scarborough.  You will arrive at the Royal Hotel, Scarborough for lunch (provided at no cost to you) at approximately 12.30 pm:

Classic Prawn Cocktail


Braised Steak in ale, Mushroom and Thyme Sauce, with Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables


Royal Tipsy trifle

There are many things to entertain you at Scarborough including Peasholm Park where you can try a boat trip on the lake or just sit listening to the bands playing from the bandstand at the lake.

There are landscaped gardens, putting green, a cafe and island walk with a waterfall.  The famous 30 minute naval warfare battles which do not start until July take place at 3pm on Monday and Thursday – a unique spectacle but there is a small charge.

North Bay Railway, Burniston Road is only a short journey (8 mins each way) but it’s cheap and fun.  Please note, only cash payments can be made. You can treat yourself to a cuppa at the end in the coffee shop.

Scarborough Castle is steeped in history. The breached wall was rebuilt after being bombarded by WW1 warships.

 View from Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Beach is perfect for a long exhilarating walk and you might even see porpoises and seals in the harbour waters. There are deck chairs if you just want to soak up the sun on the beach.

South Cliff Italian Gardens, the Esplanade – Nestled in the cliffs, this magical flower filled gem is a joy to stumble across.  The best of both worlds is on display with Italian design and English flowers.

Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary takes you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures.

On your way back to the coach, you will pass or see the Rotunda museum  which is full of fascinating objects, tit is home to a unique Bronze Age man and the skeleton of a Plesiosaur found on the Yorkshire Coast.

On the homeward journey, you will call at Gisbrough Hall Hotel, it is strange that the spelling of Guisbrough (town) is not the same as the hotel!  Tea or Coffee with a biscuit is provided (at no cost to you).

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