Photo: Max Payne Collection
Photo: Max Payne Collection

FASCINATING PHOTOS: A lookback at Scarborough Aquarium and Gala Land, the underground pleasure palace at Aquarium Top

Take a look at these amazing photos of Aquarium Top, in Scarborough ... nowadays an unremarkable area but at one time home to a huge underground entertainments complex!

The area just below the Rotunda Museum is known as Aquarium Top because it once housed one of the biggest aquariums in the country. And what’s now a roundabout above, and underground car park below, was once a remarkable 'people’s palace’, known first as the Aquarium and then Gala Land, complete with alligators, seals and spectacular Indian-style brick- and tile-work.

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