On this day in Yorkshire..July 24th 1867- The Grand Hotel opens in Scarborough

The Grand Hotel was once the largest in Europe. Picture credit: Jonathan Rudd

In Victorian England, Scarborough was the must-go to holiday destination and the opening of the Grand hotel was eagerly anticipated by all. It was then the largest hotel in Europe and located in a prime location next to the sea. The hotel has a unique structure, with 365 rooms, representing each day of the year, across twelve floors, one for each month of the year. On the roof are four towers with 52 chimneys, which represents the number of weeks and seasons. The hotel is still going and sits proudly next to Scarborough beach. Famous people who have reported to have stayed here include Winston Churchill and Anne Bronte.