20 July 2021/ Area guides

Office leasing guide: Scarborough

Offices to rent in Scarborough

Situated on the Yorkshire coast, Scarborough is one of the UK’s largest and most famous seaside towns. Known today for its Victorian charm, rich architecture, and beautiful beaches, the town’s history dates back to 966 AD when it was supposedly founded by notorious Viking raider, Thorgils Skarthi.

Boasting one of the most spectacular and beloved coastal locations in the country, Scarborough became well known as Britain’s first seaside resort in the 17th Century. Fast forward 400 years and Scarborough is now a modern coastal town with a thriving economy, good transport links, world- class connectivity, and plenty of things to see and do.

While the town’s economy has traditionally been underpinned by the maritime, service and tourism industries, it’s fast growing into a digital and creative hub, which is playing a vital role in the area’s regeneration and competitiveness. Scarborough is also known for its focus on innovation, providing a warm and welcoming base for forward-thinking entrepreneurs, start-ups and new businesses.

Located next to the North York Moors National Park and North Riding Forest Park, Scarborough also gives residents and visitors the ability to experience both the hustle and bustle of the town centre, as well as the tranquillity of natural forests and stunning coastal scenery, making it a lovely place to both live and work.

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Notable business areas in Scarborough

The main tourist area of Scarborough is centred along the sea, around the beaches and harbour, as well as the old town adjacent to the coast. The coast is divided in two by the headland that holds medieval Scarborough Castle, with the southern part being home to many of the resort facilities, cafes, pubs, and restaurants.

Directly behind this tourist facing section of Scarborough is where you’ll find most of the businesses as well as a variety of shops and other amenities. A little further afield is the Scarborough Business Park, which is home to 50 large businesses including McCain foods, Plaxton coachbuilders, TEF Transport, NFU and Raflatac global label printers. The business park is located in Eastfield, just off the A64, about four miles from the town centre. There’s also a £6 million development currently underway that will create an additional 54,058 square feet of industrial or distribution workspace while also providing ambitious small and medium-sized enterprises in East Yorkshire with the perfect base to grow and scale their businesses.

Getting around Scarborough

Scarborough is just a 45-minute train journey from York

Scarborough is just a 45-minute train journey from one of the country's busiest and most historic stations, York, with hourly trains between the two. The town’s railway station is close to the town centre and also runs services to Leeds, Manchester, and Liverpool on the North TransPennine Express route, as well as from Hull on the Yorkshire Coast Line.

Scarborough has 25 main bus routes

Scarborough has 25 main bus routes, operated by Scarborough Locals, Arriva North East, Shoreline Suncruisers, and Yorkshire Coastliner. These link the town centre with its suburbs, the North York Moors as well as local towns and cities such as Bridlington, Whitby, York, Hull, Middlesbrough, and Leeds. Scarborough is also served by two Park and Ride services, with locations on the A64 and A165. These buses run from each terminus to the town centre and South Bay at least every 12 minutes, seven days a week, with stopping points around the town centre.

Scarborough has four main ‘A’ roads serving the town

For those commuting by car, Scarborough has four major roads serving the town, which also link it to other major towns and cities. The A64 links with Leeds and is the main tourist route to the town. The A165 is the coastal route south to Hull through Bridlington, while the A170 heads west to Pickering. The A171 is another coastal route starting in the town and heading north through Whitby. It then passes through the North York Moors and Guisborough, terminating in Middlesbrough.

Scarborough has outstanding business amenities

There's an excellent variety of hotels

If you’re looking for a place to stay overnight, Scarborough has a vast array of accommodation with many hotels, guest houses and cottages from which to choose.

Nestled beautifully just beneath the castle and right above the harbour, in the heart of Scarborough's historic old town, is the Tall Storeys Hotel, a beautiful Grade II listed Regency House with unrivalled views over the South Bay. Another fantastic upmarket option close to the town centre and near the beach is The Royal Hotel, where guests can enjoy the hotel’s historic charm while taking advantage of its well-equipped facilities for both business and leisure. Another fantastic hotel for business travellers is the Palm Court Hotel, a beautifully modern and contemporary hotel in the heart of the town centre.

For the usual budget friendly and flexible options, Scarborough also has a Travelodge and two Premier Inns.

Scarborough has a diverse dining scene

Scarborough is home to some truly excellent restaurants offering a range of different cuisines from French bistro-style fare, authentic Italian, and Turkish cuisine to classic Yorkshire food such as Sunday dinners, carveries, and wholesome pub lunches. Not to mention a vast selection of eateries that offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. Even better, most restaurants cook with fresh produce sourced from surrounding farms in the North York Moors as well as the famous seafood that comes right off the boats and straight into the kitchens.

If you’re feeling peckish and looking for a light bite to eat, head over to the ever popular Eat Me Café, which serves up an eclectic fusion of British and Asian dishes that will make you want to come back for more. You can also tuck into some famous fish and chips at the Golden Grid, a well-known establishment that has been serving fresh seafood since 1883.

For a delicious dinner, head over to the Green Room, a cosy and welcoming brasserie in the heart of Scarborough where you can savour 6-course tasting menus for excellent value. And if you’re in the mood for some authentic Italian, book a table at La Lanterna and enjoy a selection of refined northern Italian cuisine like risotto, handmade egg pasta, meat dishes and La Lanterna’s speciality, truffles.

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Other useful amenities in Scarborough

Like any popular holiday town, Scarborough has an abundance of retail therapy options for all tastes and budgets. The Brunswick Centre is home to some of the most popular fashion, clothing, cosmetic and fragrance shops. Scarborough's town centre also has many major shopping chains alongside a variety of boutique independent shops, which can mostly be found on Bar Street and St Thomas Street. The town is also home to the recently refurbished Market Hall & Vaults, which is an underground labyrinth full of small independent retailers.

If you are looking for some entertainment in the evening, Scarborough certainly does not disappoint. The town has some fantastic venues including the Scarborough Open Air Theatre, which has played host to some of the music industry's biggest stars, including Elton John, Britney Spears and Lionel Richie. There’s also the Stephen Joseph Theatre, which shows an exciting mix of dance, comedy, music, movies and more.

Keeping fit is also easy in Scarborough. North York Moors National Park and Dalby Forest have a range of hiking and mountain bike trails plus a Go Ape tree top adventure trail. If you prefer to keep fit indoors there’s also a range of gyms dotted around the town including the Scarborough Leisure Village with its eight-lane Olympic swimming pool, four-court sports hall and 60-station fitness suite.

Notable tenants

  • McCain foods
  • Plaxton coachbuilders
  • TEF Transport
  • NFU
  • Raflatac global label printers

Key agents in Scarborough

  • Savills
  • Howard Jenkins
  • Gerald Eve
  • JLL
  • CBRE
  • CPH Estate Agents Ltd

Interesting facts about Scarborough

  • The exact origin of the town's name is unknown, but the Scar is thought to come from the Saxon ‘Scear’ meaning rock, and Borough from the Saxon ‘Burgh’ meaning a fortified place.
  • Scarborough and its castle changed hands seven times between Royalists and Parliamentarians during the English Civil War of the 1640s, enduring two lengthy and violent sieges. Following the civil war, much of the town lay in ruins.
  • In 1626, Elizabeth Farrow discovered a stream of acidic water running from one of the cliffs to the south of the town. This gave birth to Scarborough Spa, and Dr Wittie's book about the spa waters published in 1660 attracted a flood of visitors to the town.
  • The arrival of the Scarborough–York railway in 1845 increased the tide of visitors to the town. Scarborough railway station now claims a record for the world's longest platform seat.
  • The oldest house ever found in the British Isles was unearthed at the Star Carr site near Scarborough and dates back approximately 8500BC