Important: This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local and health advisories for this destination before you book.

Book Scarborough Castle Holidays
Holiday Travel Guide

Scarborough Castle showing a sandy beach, a sunset and heritage elements

Delve through 3,000 years of history at the ruins of this headland castle with panoramic views of the North Sea.

Scarborough Castle is a set of fascinating ruins that remain from a 12th-century royal fortress. Built atop a cliff, the medieval castle commands panoramic views of the North Sea and the coastal town of Scarborough. Learn about the rich history of this spot, where evidence of Iron Age, Roman and Scandinavian settlements lies beside the main castle.

Capture photos of the castle walls that loom over the town from a distance. Arrive at the gatehouse and take an audio tour of the walls and rooms. The main castle was fortified to defend against the Jacobites and Napoleon’s army.

Visit the Roman signal station to see the reconstructed pottery dating back many centuries. Archeologists excavated fragments here that pre-date the Romans, from as far back as 2,100 B.C. Stroll through parts of the 16 acres (6.5 hectares) of picturesque grounds to get a sense of the complex’s history. Enjoy a picnic with your family on the headland with views of the port.

The Master Gunner’s House contains an intriguing exhibit on the history of the town and the castle. Inspect the replica of a Bronze Age sword and see tools that previous settlements used. Beside the museum is a tearoom with snacks, refreshments and meals. Purchase souvenirs and memorabilia from the gift shop.

Learn the intriguing past of the castle and its construction. The present stone castle was built in the 1150s to replace a wooden version built decades earlier. Monarchs added to the castle, which was considered an important point of defense, many times over the centuries. Hear about how the castle was besieged during the English Civil War.

There is a fee to enter the castle, with discounts for kids and families. Visit on any day between morning and late afternoon. In winter, it is open to the public only on weekends.

Scarborough Castle is on a small headland that juts into the North Sea in the eastern part of the city. Walk northeast for 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Scarborough Railway Station to reach the castle. Nearby attractions include St. Mary’s Church and Scarborough Harbour.

Top things to do in Scarborough Castle

Top Trending Hotels Near Scarborough Castle

Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
3 out of 5
St. Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £32 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in Scarborough City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Rotunda Museum and Scarborough Spa. Scarborough ...
2.6/5 (987 reviews)
"Good place to stay for two nights. It is a hotel on amazing place with a spectacular view from a hotel room. Unfortunately windows at room even in dining area are so dirty that I could hardly see through. This is very disappointing . Tasty food service ok. But I had to pay for an internet if I wanted ..."

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2021

Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel
3.5 out of 5
St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £45 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in Scarborough City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of South Bay Beach and Scarborough Spa. Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park ...
3.1/5 (759 reviews)
"It was good"

Reviewed on 7 Jun 2021

The Royal Hotel
Bike & Boot
Bike & Boot
3.5 out of 5
Cliff Bridge Terrace, Scarborough, England
The price is £72 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Located in Scarborough City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rotunda Museum and South Bay Beach. Scarborough Spa and Scarborough Cricket Club ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (54 reviews)
"Superb service, with Conrad the first contact we met. Really flexible and considerate, nothing was too much. This was a similar theme with all the staff....all engaging and interested. I would thoroughly recommend this hotel, which has it ‘just right’. Yes I could moan about the parking but it’s ..."

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Bike & Boot
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle: Everything You Need to Know to Visit

Scarborough Castle: Everything You Need to Know to Visit

Scarborough Castle: Everything You Need to Know to Visit
Scarborough Beach: The Complete Practical Guide

Scarborough Beach: The Complete Practical Guide

Scarborough Beach: The Complete Practical Guide
Explore Essentials: Things to Do in Scarborough

Explore Essentials: Things to Do in Scarborough

Explore Essentials: Things to Do in Scarborough

Popular places to visit in Scarborough Castle

Book Scarborough Castle Holidays

Choose two or more items and save on your trip:

Top Hotel Deals

Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
3 out of 5
St. Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough, England
The price is £32 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel
3.5 out of 5
St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, England
The price is £45 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
The Royal Hotel
Bike & Boot
Bike & Boot
3.5 out of 5
Cliff Bridge Terrace, Scarborough, England
The price is £72 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Bike & Boot
The Clifton Hotel
The Clifton Hotel
3 out of 5
Queens Parade, Scarborough, England
The price is £45 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
The Clifton Hotel
Miricia Guest House
Miricia Guest House
3 out of 5
5 Rutland Terrace, Queens Parade, Scarborough, England
The price is £63 per night from 18 Jun to 18 Jun
Miricia Guest House
Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality
Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality
4 out of 5
The Esplanade, Scarborough, England
The price is £117 per night from 2 Jul to 2 Jul
Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality
St Nicholas Lodge
St Nicholas Lodge
3 out of 5
15 St Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough, England
The price is £60 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
St Nicholas Lodge
Cottage By The Sea
Cottage By The Sea
Mulgrave Place, Scarborough, ENG
Cottage By The Sea
Cottage By The Sea in Scarborough
Cottage By The Sea in Scarborough
Mulgrave Place, Scarborough, ENG
Cottage By The Sea in Scarborough
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.