Scarborough Castle

About Scarborough Castle

With its stunning location, fascinating history and panoramic views over the coast, Scarborough Castle is one of North Yorkshire’s finest historic sites. This once-mighty fortress has endured attacks from Vikings, medieval barons, Tudor rebels and a Parliamentary army during an epic Civil War siege.

Scarborough Castle ruins - Copyright of English Heritag

Today you can explore the castle’s majestic ruins, follow the long curtain wall with its many towers and climb viewing platforms in the Inner Bailey and the 12th-century Great Tower. Set on a 16-acre headland home to wildflowers and wildlife, it’s the perfect place for a family-friendly adventure in the fresh air.

Scarborough Castle wall - Copyright of English Heritage

After you’ve explored the tower, make sure to stop by the coffee shed and enjoy a hot drink and toastie, or maybe something sweet!

Throughout the year, we have a jam-packed events programme. From jousts in the summer to Ghost Tours in the autumn, there’s something for everyone.

Don’t miss:

  • Take the audio tour to dig deeper into the castle’s past
  • Find the ruins of an ancient Roman signal station, used to give warning of Saxon raids
  • See site finds from across the centuries, from prehistoric pottery to a Bronze Age sword
Visit Scarborough Castle


Accessible parking

Accessible spaces must be pre-booked: contact Scarborough Castle on 01723 372451 to book a space.

Accessible public toilet

With transfer space to the side, handrails and emergency call system.


Special dietary requirements catered for.

For more details on accessibility, please visit Scarborough Castle's website


Scarborough Castle provides a range of facilities to offer you a fantastic day out


Our coffee shed offers hot and cold drinks along with a selection of food, including sandwiches, toasties and cakes.

Car parking

There is no parking on site. We recommend using Park and Ride or the pay and display Marine Drive car park. Parking is only available for visitors who need accessible parking, which must be pre-booked. Please contact Scarborough Castle on 01723 372451 to book a space.

Children's trails/adventure playground

We offer seasonal quests over school holidays.

Picnic site

Picnic benches are available to use.

Dogs at Scarborough Castle

Dogs on leads are welcome.

Getting here

Contact us

Scarborough Castle, Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY
Tel 01723 372451


Access from Castle Road.

Public transport

Local buses are run by East Yorkshire Motor Service.

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