Scarborough castle is an English Heritage property which sits high on the hill overlooking the town and beaches of Scarborough in North Yorkshire. It’s a large ruined castle and although it’s not a full day out we did spend almost two hours there wandering around. It is especially worth a visit for the stunning views of north beach from one side and south beach from the other.
Scarborough Castle – Review
Scarborough Castle is a former medieval fortress sat upon a craggy hill. The present stone castle dates from the 1150s. It was fortified and defended during various civil wars, sieges and conflicts. It has been a ruin since the sieges of the English Civil War.
We managed to find a parking space up near the castle but the site itself does not have its own parking. It was incredibly windy when we visited. Much windier than down in the town itself. This made it really good fun for the little one as he’d never experienced wind like it before.
You can take an audio tour around the castle and grounds. We opted to not take one but there were plenty of signs to read. The site itself sits on 16 acres so it can take a good length of time to walk the parameter walls. There are a few towers and alcoves to look in along the way.
The story of Scarborough is told through the exhibition in the Master Gunner’s House. There you can discover artefacts spanning the whole period of Scarborough Castle’s past. All of which has been uncovered during site excavations.
There is a cafe, gift shop and toilets on site. They serve hot and cold drinks, plus hot and cold snacks.
The main castle tower does still remain but it is ruined. You can look around it but there isn’t a huge amount to see in the tower. We enjoyed exploring the grounds the most.
They have some great events on at Scarborough Castle such as jousting, dig days, kite festival and more. Please check out their events page for further information.
Just outside the castle entrance, there is a lovely little church which is worth a wander around.
Scarborough Castle FAQ & Further Information
Address: Castle Rd, Scarborough YO11 1HY
Category: Castle – Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
What are the ticket prices?
FREE to members of English Heritage. For non members an adult standard ticket costs £7.90, children 5-17 £4.70 and under 5s are free.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Ruined castle on a craggy outcrop overlooking the north and south side of Scarborough. With toilets, a cafe and gift shop.
When are they open?
Scarborough castle is open for most of the spring and summer, over summer and winter it is mostly only open at weekends. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Is there food available?
There is a cafe on-site. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
Is there parking?
There is no official car park. Parking is in the town which is mostly pay and display.
Are they dog friendly?
Dogs are allowed on a lead.