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Peasholm Park
Scarborough North Bay

Discover Peasholm Park, Scarborough...

Read about our enjoyable visit. What you can see and do there, and the interesting story of the park. Well worth a visit in Scarborough North Bay...

We paid a wonderful evening visit to beautiful Peasholm Park in Scarborough - ideal for a relaxing evening stroll for all the family!

Peasholm Park by evening

Brief History of the Park

  • The park has only quite recently been re-opened again, after a major restoration project.
  • The park originally opened in 1912, when it fast became one of the major attractions of Scarborough, for tourists and residents alike.
  • Unfortunately, during the 1980's, visitor numbers fell, and the park went into decline. The park was closed for good in 1999, following a disastrous fire at the pagoda, started by vandals.
  • Luckily, heritage lottery funding has allowed the restoration of the pagoda itself, the Half-Moon Bridge and the beautiful gardens.
  • Read on to find out what awaits you at Peasholm Park these days....

Visiting the Park

  • Peasholm Park is a wonderful place to visit, by daytime or evening...

  • Peasholm Park boating lake

  • During the daytime, enjoy the boating lake in the sunshine... Hire a rowing boat, canoe, or one of those fantastic dragon-headed pedalos.

  • Peasholm Park dragon pedalos

  • Enjoy refreshments, ice-creams, hot and cold drinks and even full meals at one of the 2 cafes in the park.

  • Peasholm Park, battle ships re-enactment display

  • Experience the excitement of Naval Warfare - 'A Sea Battle in Miniature', with model boats on the lake.

    This spectacle occurs frequently in the Summer months, in the afternoons, and is certainly well worth a visit.

    Ian still has vivid memories of when he used to watch these as a kid.

    (A small charge is payable).

  • Enjoy the 'Tree Trail' as you wander around the gardens. The park has several 'Champion Trees' in its collection - these are the biggest, widest, tallest, best etc of their particular species.

    There are also 2 very rare 'Dickinson's Golden Elm' trees, which were previously believed to be extinct!

    There is another tree so rare that it has not yet been positively identified!

  • There are plenty of friendly ducks to feed, and 2 beautiful black swans, who were very vocal, and far from the serene gliding of the more usual white swan, these 2 seemed tubo-charged, and zoomed about as if motorised!

  • Peasholm Park, oriental pagoda by night

    The beautifully restored pagoda

    Peasholm Park oriental pagoda

  • Walk up the hill to the beautiful restored pagoda, and the tranquil, oriental zen garden - exquisite!

  • Peasholm Park, oriental garden

    Oriental garden in the moonlight

  • On an evening the park is lit with hundreds of beautiful, multi-coloured fairylights - a spectacle in itself - quite magical!

  • Peasholm Park fairylights by night

  • Daytime and evening concerts, events, and silver and brass band performances are put on in the park - a wonderful location to just sit back, relax and enjoy the music.

Pesholm Park bandstand - venue for many concerts

The lake bandstand where many concerts are performed

Peasholm Park is at Scarborough north bay, on the north side of town, close to:

We parked at Burniston Road Public Car Park (just across the road from Peasholm Park) which also had public toilets.

Car Park Charge:

  • £2.50 for 2 hours
  • £6 all day
  • (Correct Summer 2009)

Peasholm Park on the Map

This map is interactive.

  • Just use the + and - buttons in the top left corner of the map to zoom in and out.
  • Use the arrows to move about the area.


Peasholm Park is open every day, and free to enter. However, access to the island is only available when the boats are manned - which is Summer time only (check website - below - for exact dates).

I hope you enjoy your visit to Peasholm Park, whether it is on the day or evening (or both!) and hope you'll return to this oasis of fun and tranquility soon.

Visit the official park website...

Have you been to this park? Where do you like to visit in Scarborough? Tell us all about your own favourites here...

Where to eat nearby:

The Watermark Cafe, North Bay Scarborough - Beach Cafe (easy walking distance)

Oasis Cafe-Restaurant Snack-bar and restaurant (a little further away, still easy walking distance)

You might also like the Scarborough South Cliff Gardens

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