Valley Gardens and South Cliff Gardens - Scarborough

Public gardens, comprising a series of seaside walks and gardens with features from the mid-C19 to the 1930s including contributions from George Knowles, William Skipsey, Sir Joseph Paxton, HW Smith and Alfred Shuttleworth. Deterioration of the wider park combined with cliff erosion is resulting in the loss of sections of the path systems and park integrity. Scarborough Borough Council has been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding to develop proposals for a major restoration of the park.

Valley Gardens and South Cliff Gardens - Scarborough
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Valley Gardens and south Cliff Gardens
  • Heritage Category: Registered Park and Garden grade II
  • List Entry Number: 1001528
  • Local Planning Authority: Scarborough
  • Site Type: Gardens parks and urban spaces > Garden


  • County: North Yorkshire
  • District / Borough: Scarborough
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Scarborough and Whitby
  • Region: Yorkshire

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Park and garden
  • Condition: Generally satisfactory but with significant localised problems
  • Vulnerability: Medium
  • Trend: Declining
  • Ownership: Mixed, multiple owners
  • Designation: Registered Park and Garden grade II, 6 LBs, part in CA