Scarborough Castle

Things To See and Do

Scarborough Castle

The Castle

Head through the imposing gatehouse and step into 3,000 years of history. Explore the castle headland with the audio tour and gain a fascinating insight into its past, from Iron Age settlements, to the Roman signal station and medieval chapel.

The castle's heyday was in the 12th century when it was developed by Henry II and King John. This mighty castle has seen action in some of England's most defining battles.

It was twice besieged by Parliamentarians in the Civil War, and has defended king and country from the Jacobites, Napoleon and the German Kaiser, when it came under bombardment during the First World War.

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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