Click below for more information about each topic on the trail portholes
Anne Bronte, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Bombardment, Boxing Day, George Cayley, Civil War, Cricket, Scarborough Fair, First Seaside Resort, Florence Balgarnie, Football, GCHQ, Grand Hotel, Gristhorpe Man, Holbeck Hotel, Lifeboat, Marine Drive, Open Air Theatre, Oliver's Mount, Railway, Romans, Dinosaurs, Shipbuilding, Skipping, Starr Carr, Titanic, Tunny Fishing, WW2.
Please note that after rain or high seas, when the panels are wet, the contrast of the wording on the granite may be hard to read. Visit when dry, buy our guidebook (£4), read this website or get the Love Exploring App (QR code below).
The Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre, now in its 14th year of operation, was awarded £40,000 of National Lottery Heritage Funding for the 'Sea Wall Heritage Trail - Portholes in Time' project in 2020.
31 engraved granite information panels are installed on the mile-long Marine Drive. Each 'Porthole in Time' tells a small part of Scarborough’s rich and varied history. Residents and visitors, together with students from local schools, helped select the historical topics that feature in the project.
This project invites people to become an active partner. You can contribute your own 'Scarborough Memories', from childhood, or in your family, passed down the generations. Email, call in or write to us.
The Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre was the lead organisation within the project partnership that included the Scarborough Civic Society, Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society and Scarborough Borough Council.
The trail of portholes was inaugurated by Sir Alan Ayckbourn on 6th December 2022.