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Scarborough Castle
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Scarborough Castle which includes views, a sandy beach and a sunset

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.

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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 $141 per night from May 17 to May 18
Situated on the beach, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Spa Cliff Lift and Scarborough Spa. Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (704 reviews)
Lovely old hotel
"Friendly check in. Room had dirty makeup wipe from previous guest in a drawer and cobweb on ceiling light. Bathroom was in need of attention. Fantastic view from room and great location"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality
The Clifton Hotel
The Clifton Hotel
3 out of 5
Queens Parade, Scarborough, England
The price is $59 per night from May 17 to May 18
Located in Scarborough, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of North Bay Beach and Peasholm Park. Scarborough Open Air Theatre ...
3.3/5 (464 reviews)
"Staff very friendly and helpful and coping very well in difficult and changing circumstances."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2020

The Clifton Hotel
The Meltham Guest House
The Meltham Guest House
4 out of 5
3 Victoria Park Avenue, Scarborough, England
The price is $105 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Scarborough Cricket Club and Peasholm Park. Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Scarborough ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (144 reviews)
Wonderful B&B
"Incredibly friendly welcome. Great facilities. Loads of information. Wonderful breakfast. Looking for an excuse to return"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

The Meltham Guest House
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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 $141 per night from May 17 to May 18
Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality
The Clifton Hotel
The Clifton Hotel
3 out of 5
Queens Parade, Scarborough, England
The price is $59 per night from May 17 to May 18
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The Meltham Guest House
The Meltham Guest House
4 out of 5
3 Victoria Park Avenue, Scarborough, England
The price is $105 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
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Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
3 out of 5
St. Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough, England
The price is $42 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel
3.5 out of 5
St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, England
The price is $68 per night from May 17 to May 18
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Granby Hotel
Granby Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1-2 Granby Place, Scarborough, England
The price is $47 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
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Miricia Guest House
Miricia Guest House
3 out of 5
5 Rutland Terrace, Queens Parade, Scarborough, England
The price is $65 per night from May 17 to May 18
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The Sands - Sea Front Apartments
The Sands - Sea Front Apartments
5 out of 5
Unit 6, Kepwick House, Peasholm Gap, Scarborough, England
The Sands - Sea Front Apartments
The Leeway
The Leeway
3 out of 5
71 Queens Parade, Scarborough, England
The Leeway
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