tourism booming, for the best resorts in Yorkshire.

The coronavirus pandemic forced holidaymakers into a rethink over their vacation habits, and even as travel restrictions began to ease people were looking closer to home with a study finding around 50% of Britons would have a “staycation” in 2022.

It has seen a resurgence of the seaside town in the United Kingdom over the past couple of years with tourism booming, and some of the best resorts can be found in Yorkshire.

From the bustling pier of Scarborough to the scenic village of Robin Hood’s Bay, there are plenty of beautiful seaside towns just waiting to be discovered.

Here, we take a look at the best seaside towns in Yorkshire.


With its busy pier and golden beaches complemented by quaint, independent shops and eateries that adorn the historic streets, this vibrant town has welcomed visitors since the Victorian era.

Described as Britain’s first seaside resort and home to Britain’s oldest house, Scarborough has also been dubbed the “Dinosaur Coast” due to the fossil remains that can be found along the coastline and is home to its own museum of geology (The Rotunda Museum).

It is also the location of the Grand Hotel, once the world’s largest hotel when it was first opened way back in 1867, with four towers, 12 floors, 52 chimneys and originally 365 rooms. Winston Churchill and the Beatles are among the legendary figures to have stayed there, while there is a plaque outside in memory of where the noted novelist Anne Bronte died in 1849.

You can travel there by car, but if you want a more relaxed journey Scarborough is easy to get to by train.

Robin Hood’s Bay

A gorgeous fishing village found in the North York Moors National Park, Robin Hood’s Bay is a wonderful hidden gem.

With its beautiful beaches, cobbled streets, and array of local retailers and pubs to visit, Robin Hood’s Bay is a great day out for the family.

It was also traditionally a hotspot for smugglers, who would sneak gin, tobacco and brandy from ships and take advantage of the narrow streets to do so.

While there, check out The Old Coastguard Station with several displays of sea creatures found on the local beaches.


This glorious coastal town is steeped in history and a must-visit for literary buffs, with the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”.

Take a deep breath before ascending the famous 199 steps, which lead to the Church of St. Mary, and visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, which is the house Cook himself lived in.

Other things to see here include the Museum of Victorian Science and Whitby Harbour, and make sure you visit the Magpie Cafe for some delicious fish and chips!


A great spot for those who want the beautiful coastline with less of the hustle and bustle of tourists, Filey presents a quieter but no less beautiful option for visitors.

Head a mile north of the town to Filey Brigg to check out the magnificent peninsula where you can find rock pools homing all manner of sea life and do some fossil hunting.

If you are looking to entertain the family, then the Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park is the place to go.