Scarborough Castle - English Heritage

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 April - 30 September 2014
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 October - 2 November 2014
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

3 November 2014 - 15 February 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Christmas Eve
24 Dec 2014 Closed
Christmas Day
25 Dec 2014 Closed
Boxing Day
26 Dec 2014 Closed
New Year’s Eve
31 Dec 2014 Closed
New Year's Day
1 Jan 2015 Closed

16 February - 20 February 2015
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

21 February - 29 March 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Admission charges

Adult £5.00
Child (5-15 years) £3.00
Concession £4.50
Family (2 adults, 3 children) £13.00


  • English Heritage
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Viking Raiders & Invaders

  • 29 — 31 August 2015 *on now

Encounter the terrifying Vikings as they spread a wave of terror and turmoil with their raids on the North eastern coast of England. Explore their encampment to discover the rigours and entertainments of Viking campaigning. Witness grisly displays of combat culminating in a full-scale, deadly battle, plus hands on activities for all junior warriors.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


English Heritage members Free
Adult £6.00
Child, 5-15 years £3.50
Concession £5.50
Family £15.50


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.

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



Customer Services


01723 372451

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