Sometimes the unexpected reveals a little gem – and we found one in Scarborough: a little museum largely dedicated to local geology and the pioneering work of William Smith who made the first geological maps of this country. Sounds a bit dry, but it isn’t. The building itself is a lovely example of classical style without all the grandiose accompaniments you get in great houses. It’s called the Rotunda and that’s what it is: a circular building with two offshoots. This photo is from the top floor and shows all the rock types you would encounter between the Humber and the Tees in beautiful Victorian line drawing and colour wash style. There are lots of other exhibits besides fossils and rocks, all well displayed and the whole thing is just about the right size. Nearby you get views of the harbour and funfair through the old pedestrian bridge which links the main town to the Valley Gardens.

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