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?

    Advance booking is now essential. 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. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • What parts of the site are open?
    • Castle - The castle and headland will be open as usual with the exception of the Master Gunner interior space.
    • Café - Take away food and drinks will be available.
    • Shop - The shop is open. 
    • Exhibition - The indoor exhibition will be closed.
  • What changes have you made to your facilities?
    • Toilets - Our toilets are open as usual.
    • 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.

    Plan your Visit

  • Keeping you Safe

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. 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.

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

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

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?

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