Sometimes it’s the simple attractions that stand out from all the others, and in Scarborough’s case one of those is the South Cliff Italian Gardens. Miles of leafy pathways criss crosss the hillside high above the coastline beneath, and if you visit during the summer when everything’s in bloom you’ll find a sight to take your breath away.
The Italian Gardens feel far more isolated than they really are, and on a quiet day they’re one of the most peaceful places to spend time in the area. A walk along the paths will be interspersed with occasional glimpses of the sea in the distance and the sunken garden was carefully designed to showcase them to perfection.
A pond sits at the centre of the gardens, and the statue of Hermes watches over those who wander them and adds a dramatic feel to the quiet landscape. The gardens are flanked with steps on either side and the trees that call it home fall across the slope like a natural curtain to keep out prying eyes, so this is the perfect spot to take some holiday snaps during a stay in Scarborough.