Scarborough Castle

Things To See and Do

Welcome to Scarborough Castle

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click here.

Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Castle - The castle and headland will be open as usual.
  • Café - Take away food and drinks will be available from the Coffee Shed.
  • Shop - The shop will be open.
  • Toilets - Our toilets are open as usual.
  • Exhibition - The indoor exhibition will be closed.
  • Summer Explorer Quest - This summer, from 18 July, take your family on a free fun adventure quest. Download your trail map here.
  • Face coverings - Face coverings must be worn in Scarborough Castle's indoor shop, café and all other indoor spaces. We won't be able to give you a face covering so please come prepared so you don't miss out.
  • Audio guides - You can enjoy an audio-tour at Scarborough Castle using your own device. Simply download the Guide ID podcatcher App from either the Google Play Store or App Store. Once downloaded search for Scarborough on the menu screen to access the audio guide. We recommend downloading the audio tour before your visit using password EHScarborough.

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Scarborough's picturesque harbour with Scarborough Castle in the background

Unique views

Come and watch for invaders in the North Sea from the ruins of the Roman signal station. The castle is the only place in the town where you can can enjoy fantastic views of both the north and south bays of Scarborough.

Take a stroll around the perimeter of this sixteen-acre site and spread a blanket on the headland grass, a perfect place to relax with the family.

An ancient blade, one of the many exhibits on display at Scarborough Castle

Explore the Exhibition

Explore the story of Scarborough through the exhibition in the Master Gunner's House. Discover artefacts spanning the whole period of Scarborough Castle's past, uncovered during site excavations.

Come and see tools and pottery from prehistoric times, including a magnificent replica of the Bronze Age sword found on site.

Visitors enjoying refreshments in the Master Gunner's House at Scarborough Castle

Time for Treats

Fuel up for your adventure with a locally made treat in our coffee shop at the Master Gunner's House, and enjoy uninterrupted views across the castle grounds.

We serve hot and cold snacks, tea and coffee and of course, scrumptious cakes. For regular visitors we have a loyalty card and you can enjoy 10% off.

On your way out, why not browse the gifts in the castle shop, and take home a little memento of your visit?

Family Fun

Pack a picnic and get ready to run wild in 16 acres. Explore the castle walls to find a medieval toilet, fly a kite on the headland and keep your eye out for invaders from the Roman signal station.

There are foxes, deer, butterflies and birds to look out for - our favourite wildlife spots are the red kites. Download the vessel finder app and have a game of nautical 'I spy', you can add your finds to the chalk boards around the site.

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