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Welcome to Britain's oldest seaside resort: the best things to do in Scarborough are a jump in the past (with a foot grounded into the present). Folks have been holidaying in this town on the East Yorkshire coast since the 1700s, when the bourgeois flocked to bathe in its healing spa waters. Reminders of the place’s opulent heyday can be seen in its grand crescents, majestic architecture, pretty parks and gorgeous concert spaces, but now you’ll find waterparks, kitsch arcades and wonderfully clinquant trappings peppered in-between. In short, it’s the perfect modern seaside spot where donkey rides, ice cream sundaes and funiculars meet quirky, independent markets, craft beer joints and cutting-edge theatre. You can have your Algarve; I’ll see you by the penny arcades on South Bay with a ‘99.
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