Scarborough Castle

Things To See and Do

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    You don’t need to book your ticket in advance, but you will always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit.

    If you are a Member and wish to book, your ticket is still free

    Your booking is for the site/event only and does not guarantee a car parking space, which may carry an additional charge.

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  • Keeping you Safe

    Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe. We’re continuing with enhanced cleaning and you’ll find hand sanitiser stations on site. Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you to do the same. You can also help us keep you and other visitors safe by not visiting if you have symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

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 at our coffee sshed or ice cream van, 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?

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