South Bay, Scarborough

South bay is one of Scarborough’s main sandy beaches, with North Bay being the other. Both beaches are located just a short walk or bus ride from the town centre.

About South Bay, Scarborough

Scarborough’s South Bay is generally the busier beach, especially in the Summer months when the weather is hot and the days are longer.

On the beach you’ll find activities for children such as rides and games and there’s often Donkey rides available for the younger ones.

Across the road, you’ll find a row of amusements, shops and places to eat, so you’re really in the thick of it at South Bay.

South Bay, Scarborough
South Bay, Scarborough


South Bay is the closest beach to the town centre, running right down to Scarborough Spa, which is the quieter end of the beach, more suited to those without young children. If you want to navigate straight to South Bay, you can pop the postcode into your navigation system: YO11 1NU.

Getting to South Bay, Scarborough

South Bay is easiest beach to get to from Scarborough town centre and, even though it’s within walking distance from all of the amenities, there are other ways to get to South Bay.

On foot

If you’re heading to Scarborough’s South Bay from the town centre, the most pleasant way to get to the beach is via St Nicholas Gardens, which offers spectacular views out to sea. These gardens can be accessed easily from the town centre, railway station and public car parks in the centre of Scarborough.

The walk is quite steep but there is a combination of steps and steeped pathway which is designed for those using wheelchairs, mobility scooters as well as those with pushchairs.

At the bottom of the gardens are amusements and snack bars so you don’t need to bring a lot with you.

By car

There is no parking directly on the beach (except for Blue Badge holders), but there are a few car parks within a 5 minute walk. The closest car park to Scarborough South Bay, although it gets full early, is West Pier Car Park (Foreshore Road, Scarborough, YO11 1PB), which is around 30 seconds from the beach and costs £7 for 6 hours of parking.

Eastborough Car Park (Eastborough, Scarborough, YO11 1NH) and South Bay Underground Car Park (Foreshore Road, Scarborough, YO11 2HD) are both around 2 minutes walk from the beach and also cost £7 for 6 hours of parking.

By bus

The Beachcomber hop-on-hop-off bus travels regularly down Foreshore Road, dropping you off right by the beach. This might be the best options for those with limited mobility or those with smaller children.

You can jump on the bus at Scarborough railway station and take the 13 minute journey right down to Foreshore Road, directly onto the South Bay beach.

Facilities at South Bay, Scarborough

There are more amenities at South Bay than there are at North Bay, making it more suitable for families with children.

Toilets: Public toilets are located at the bottom of St Nicholas’ Gardens, next to Olympia Leisure amusements. There are also public toilets in West Pier Car Park next to the RNLI Lifeboat Station.

Cafe’s/Restaurants: Foreshore Road is home to a wide range of Fish & Chip restaurants, cafes, ice-cream stalls and pubs, all serving food and drink within a 5 minute walk of South Bay beach.

Ask Italian offers a relaxed atmosphere right by the harbour and there’s also the option to dine outside.

Shops: Most of the local shops sell souvenirs, nick naks and items you’d expect by the beach. If you head further towards town, there are some of the high street names you’d expect, including Marks and Spencers and Matalan.

If you don’t find a souvenir you like after shopping around, you can try customising your own enamel badges. It is very meaningful to record your favourite attractions and elements and customise them into badges.

You can walk to Brunswick Shopping Centre within 5 minutes from South Bay Beach (via St Nicholas gardens) where you will find popular shops such as Next, Debenhams, Clinton’s and Holland and Barrett to name just a few.

Are dogs allowed at South Bay, Scarborough?

Dogs are not permitted on Scarborough’s South Bay so if you want to exercise your dog, we recommend heading to North Bay instead. This restriction applies to the main area of South Bay beach, so you can head further out towards Scarborough Spa if you wish to walk your dog outside of the peak season.

What is there to do at South Bay, Scarborough?

In the Summer months, you’ll find activities such as trampolining and donkey rides for children on Scarborough’s South Bay and also the option to hire deck chairs if you plan on staying for a few hours.

Just across the road from Scarborough South Bay is a row of amusements which include your standard 2p machines, casino’s for over 18s and grab machines, keeping the younger ones occupied.

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