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Scarborough Castle

  • Fun family adventures
Be the King or Queen of Scarborough Castle Breathtaking views of the Yorkshire Coast Fun family adventures Scarborough Castle

With its 2,500 year history, stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline, Scarborough Castle fully deserves its place as one of the finest tourist attractions in the North. It started life as an Iron Age Fort, was occupied by the Romans, became a Viking settlement and reached its heyday under Henry II.

This royal stronghold, built by successive medieval kings over two centuries has seen more than its fair share of conflict and sieges. Learn how it was fought over in the English Civil War and came under bombardment during the First World War. And to complete your family day out in North Yorkshire, enjoy a hearty tea in the Master Gunner’s House.

During severe weather please call the site to confirm opening - 01723 372451.

Don't Miss

  • Fantastic views of the Yorkshire Coast and the expansive castle grounds
  • The exhibition and tea room in the Master Gunner's House
  • Live action events throughout the summer
  • The audio tour, which gives a fascinating insight into the castle's 2,500 year history

Events At Scarborough Castle

  • Heroes on Horseback - Richard III Royal Progress

    Sat 26 & Sun 27 Jul 2014

    The controversial King Richard III and his Queen visit Scarborough Castle. Witness breathtaking mounted hunting games, stunning falconry displays and a selection of regal pastimes.

  • Heroes on Horseback

    Sat 02 & Sun 03 Aug 2014

    As part of a series of events dedicated to ‘heroes on horseback’, this weekend will see a pair of mounted Roman cavalrymen take over Scarborough Castle.

  • Heroes on Horseback - War and the Horse

    Sat 09 & Sun 10 Aug 2014

    Re-enactment, talks, music and children’s activities help tell the remarkable story of the relationship forged between rider and horse in the Cavalry of the First World War.

Prices and opening times


Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire - YO11 1HY (Directions)


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