Scarborough has lots of attractions for visitors aside from the beach. Scarborough Castle is breathtaking , with its 2,500 year history, stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline, Scarborough Castle fully deserves its place as one of the finest tourist attractions in the North. It started life as an Iron Age Fort, was occupied by the Romans, became a Viking settlement and reached its heyday under Henry II. Backing onto the beach there are lots of options for eating out and traditional seaside entertainments, and the number of festivals in summer is growing. North along the coast you come to Robin Hoods Bay and Whitby, or if you have had enough of the seaside the North York Moors National Park reaches right to the edge of town. Further afield, but easily reachable in a day trip, you can visit historic York or visit local market towns such as Beverley, Helmsley and Malton which are in easy reach . Scarborough is the largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire coast.