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Scarborough Castle

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Address: Castle Rd, Scarborough YO11 1HY, England
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+44 1723 372451
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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BLUE BADGE PARKING ONLY IS AVAILABLE. OTHER PARKING PLEASE USE LOCAL PAY...

BLUE BADGE PARKING ONLY IS AVAILABLE. OTHER PARKING PLEASE USE LOCAL PAY & DISPLAY. Head through the imposing gatehouse and step into 3,000 years of history. Explore the castle headland with one of our experienced guides for FREE or embark on your own journey through history with one of our audio tours and gain a fascinating insight into its past, from Iron Age settlements, to the Roman signal station and medieval chapel. The castle's heyday was in the 12th century when it was developed by Henry II and King John. This mighty castle has seen action in some of England's most defining battles. It was twice besieged by Parliamentarians in the Civil War, and has defended king and country from the Jacobites, Napoleon and the German Kaiser, when it came under bombardment during the First World War.

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Windswept and wonderful!

A trip to Scarborough is not complete for me without a visit to the castle, each time I take something new from it. The audio guide is fantastic, the boards informative and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Janet M
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Milnthorpe, United Kingdom
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Milnthorpe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A trip to Scarborough is not complete for me without a visit to the castle, each time I take something new from it. The audio guide is fantastic, the boards informative and the views out to sea and over Scarborough itself are worth going for. We are members of English Heritage so we don't always do everything each time we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked in advance as home educators and received free entry. Our son really enjoyed his visit and learned lots about castles and their purpose. The views from the castle are superb. Although it was a cold January day we were lucky with the sunshine. We parked in the church car park just outside the castle.

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Thank Kayleigh T
Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The castle is set on the headland with views all along the coast. The history incudes the Romans, anglo-saxons and world war 2. There is an exhibition about the castle a small shop and a cafe. Dogs are welcome. It is a long walk up from the town and there is no carparking . However there are spaces if you... More 

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Thank MarionAve66
Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a lovely time at the castle! The castle has information boards dotted round and I do believe an audio tour can be bought. Well worth the visit.

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Thank keeley_1992
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were given audio speakers for our visit. Was loads better with these as all the track is sign posted and takes you on the correct route and explains all the history of the place. Good little coffee shop at hand and souvenir shop.

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Thank Jodie H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A good climb to get in the castle itself and then a great walk around a huge site. An audio tour is worth having. English heritage also had wine and liqueur tasting - can recommend their elderflower and lemon!

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Thank Julie H
Scarborough C, Manager at Scarborough Castle, responded to this review

Hello Julie H, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. I am so pleased to see that you enjoyed your visit and took advantage of the free audio guides. These really are great tools to enhance a visit to Scarborough Castle. I would also recommend catching one of our free guided tours over the summer. These are... More 

Bridgend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Myself and my family had a lovely day out today, to start there are quite a few stairs but once you get up there it's lovely. There is a admission fee to get in and small gift shop when you enter. They have done a lovely job looking after a piece of English heritage. They have a small cafe that... More 

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Scarborough C, Manager at Scarborough Castle, responded to this review

Hello Amanda R Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. I am so happy to see that you and your family enjoyed your visit to Scarborough Castle. The 3000 years of history on the headland does mean there is something to interest everyone. On a future visit I would recommend taking advantage of the sites guidebook, free... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Atmospheric but testing walk up from the harbour. Well signposted and easy to follow, but not for the less mobile. Very steep and uneven. When you reach the top you walk along the castle wall until you reach the castle entrance. Great views of the sea either side of the headland. Also Anne Brontes grave in the church nearby opposite... More 

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Scarborough C, Manager at Scarborough Castle, responded to this review

Hello CFDGS707 Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. The walk from the seafront is steep, but it does highlight how well defended the headland was to attacking forces. The walk from the town centre is much more gentle with parking along the way. There is also disabled blue badge parking directly on site. I hope you... More 

Newcastle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting castle with great views of Scarborough. Best visited in decent weather as the headland is exposed and there is only a cafe and small exhibition indoors.

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Scarborough C, Manager at Scarborough Castle, responded to this review

Hello NewcastleGeordie83 Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. I am pleased to see that you enjoyed your visit. The views from the headland really are spectacular and cant be matched. It is always worth checking the weather before a visit to Scarborough Castle. It is open to the elements and its good to be prepared. Even... More 

thirsk, north yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been going to Scarborough since i was about 1967, this month was the first time ever that i have been to the castle. Learning about the history was quite good. The area it covers was unexpected as it was huge. There are toilets and a cafe, when we was there they were having a wine tasting and jam... More 

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Scarborough C, Manager at Scarborough Castle, responded to this review

Hello sallytomas, I am so pleased to see that you enjoyed your visit to Scarborough Castle. The castle is such an iconic landmark for the area I am happy to see you finally made the trip. The 16 acre headland can be a surprise and it forms a great setting for 3000 years of history. I hope you can make... More 

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