Scarborough Castle - English Heritage

Scarborough Castle - English Heritage
Castle Road
North Yorkshire
YO11 1HY



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01723 372451

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An exterior view of Scarborough Castle
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Scarborough Castle defends a prominent headland between two bays, with sheer drops to the sea and only a narrow landward approach. Specially contructed viewing platforms on the battlements offer panoramic views. The site's 3,000 year history is explore in interactive displays in the restored Master Gunner's House, accompanied by artefacts from each period of Scarborough's past. Less mobile visitors can enjoy a groundfloor touch-screen virtual tour of the displays as well as virtual views reproducing those from the raised platforms.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

1 Apr-30 Sep 10am-6pm daily / 1 Oct-31 Mar 10am-4pm Thu-Mon / Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan

Admission charges



  • English Heritage
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Heroes on Horseback

  • 23 — 25 August 2014

As part of a series of events dedicated to ‘heroes on horseback’, this weekend will see a pair of mounted Roman cavalrymen take over Scarborough Castle. The riders will be complemented by a detachment of Roman foot soldiers who will demonstrate Roman warfare, weapons and artillery.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Become a Medieval Engineer Discovery Visit

How did people from the past build bridges, towers and siege engines? Become a real engineer in practical workshops exploring how our ancestors solved construction problems. Using a large-scale construction kit, this is literally a hands-on history experience! Explore the main features of the castle in an interactive tour, relating these to methods of attack and defence and construction. Working in groups, use Tic-Tac (plastic construction materials)to build a successful bridge alongside the castle walls, exploring how medieval engineers faced and solved the same problems. A second activity involves building a catapult and taking part in a bean-bag throwing challenge, identifying features of

How to obtain

Call 01904 601917 to book this 2 hour session, available 24, 25, 29 and 30 June 2009. Price £75 per group of up to 30 pupils. Visit for more information.

Scarborough Castle Teacher's Kit (English Heritage)

A downloadable photocopiable teaching resource sheet for use in the classroom. The teacher's kit is essential for pre-, during and post-site visit work and includes: site history, site plans & tour, documentary sources, activities, photos & reconstruction artwork, details of how to visit and supporting resources information.


  • English Heritage Education

How to obtain

Please click on the link to download.