All Ages Outdoor Historical

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle, Castle Rd, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY
0370 333 1181
Average time spent - 1 hours
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Things to do at Scarborough Castle review

Scarborough Castle is a formidable sight and can be seen for miles around along the North Yorkshire coast. It is steeped in 3,000 years worth of history and the castle is maintained by English Heritage.

People first settled on this cragy headland back in the Iron Age, it was also once a Roman signal station and the site of a medieval chapel. In the 12th Century the castle entered its heyday when it was developed by Henry II and King John. Most of the castle is now a ruin, this is mostly due to the action that it saw during some of England’s most defining battles.

The castle enjoys the most wonderful views to both the north and south of Scarborough. It is the only place in town where you can enjoy views of both sides of this seaside town. The castle sits on a 16 acre site and you can walk all the way around the walls with different parts to explore along the way. There is also a small exhibition with artefacts from the castle’s past.

The castle no longer has any section that is indoors apart from the Gunner’s house where the cafe, reception and exhibition are. There is a relatively large ruined section you can walk up but there is no roof. The castle also hosts some great events throughout the year.

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FAQ and Further Information Scarborough Castle

Is there food and drink available?

There is a small cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.

What are the main things to do?

Ruined castle by the sea on a large site which you can walk around, plus a small exhibition. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

*FREE or Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE or Mid-range. FREE to members of English Heritage. An adult ticket costs £7.90 and £4.70 for a child age 5-17. Under 5’s are free. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.

Is there parking?

There is limited parking near the castle, you will probably have to park at one of the pay and display car parks in town.

When are they open?

Scarborough castle is open for most of the spring and summer, over summer and winter it is mostly only open at weekends. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are allowed on a lead.

Are they accessible?

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