Garden, free entry
Peasholm Park, voted 6th Best Park in the UK and 25th Best Park in the whole of Europe in the Trip Advisor Traveller's Choice Awards, is situated in Scarborough’s North Bay and is a must-see for anyone visiting the Yorkshire Coast.
With a rich history and after having recently received a prestigious Green Flag Award, this oriental themed municipal park offers a beautiful system of streams and waterfalls, mini bridges and mystical gardens for the whole family to enjoy. The park is also home to the world famous Naval Warfare – a unique miniature sea battle that has been shown on television screens across the globe!
During the summer months, head down to Peasholm Boat Deck and choose from one of the many boats available to hire. Whether you fancy a row, a paddle or a pedal, there is a selection of brightly painted rowing boats, canoes and dragon themed pedaloes for you to choose from. For those who aren’t feeling so energetic and would prefer to put their feet up, why not jump aboard the Swan Launch Princess and let someone else do the work?
The park also boasts a vast array of wildlife including an abundance of tame grey squirrels, ducks, swans and geese, whilst also being home to several Champion trees – that is, the tallest, widest and best examples of species in the country. With a wealth of arboreal interest at every turn, the trees found within Peasholm Park are not just of importance to Scarborough, or even to the UK; some of them are of interest to the world! In fact, at least one of the park’s trees was previously thought to be extinct; Dickson’s Golden Elm was thought to have died out during the 1970s when Dutch Elm Disease wiped out so many of England’s lovely elms, however, the Glen at Peasholm Park has not just one example of this incredibly rare tree, it actually has two!
To celebrate the park’s unique environment, the Friends of Peasholm Park have recently developed a Tree Trail leaflet, making it possible for many more people to visit the Glen and to recognise and be able to value what they can see right in front of them. The Tree Trail leaflet is free of charge and is available at the Boat Deck in the park itself, as well as at local Tourist Information Centres. You can also view and download a copy of the trail by clicking on the PDF ‘More info’ link at the top of this page, located underneath the images.
Strategically positioned in the middle of the lake, in front of the largest waterfall, sits Peasholm Bandstand, home to the park’s resident organist who performs free afternoon matinees from Monday to Friday during July and August (3pm – 4:30pm). The Bandstand also creates a truly wonderful outdoor venue for the famous Scarborough Spa Orchestra and special guests who host a special firework spectacular concert in the months of June, July and August.
Peasholm Park also comes complete with a putting green, a café serving both hot and cold food, a refreshments kiosk, toilets, an 18-hole mini golf course and the iconic Peasholm Park Island. Once you’ve crossed the bridge, take a walk to the top of the island and discover the hidden oriental gardens, just be careful not to disturb the geese!
The park offers some fantastic scenery and provides many with a real escape from the busier areas of town. Nevertheless, Peasholm Park is only a 5 minute walk from some of the town’s best attractions, including the long sweeping North Bay beach, Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary, North Bay Miniature Railway and of course Europe’s largest open air theatre, the Scarborough OAT.
Open all the time
Open all year, daily. During events in the park, access may be limited, or a charge may occur.
Charges apply for boating, mini golf, putting and the Naval Warfare Battle.