Yorkshire Sights

Scarborough Castle

  • Castle Rd. Map It
  • Scarborough
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 08/18/2015

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There have been military structures on this promontory commanding a view of the North and South bays since prehistoric times. Digs have uncovered evidence of fortifications here dating back to 500 BC, and there is still some remaining stonework from a 4th-century Roman signalling station. In 1136, a clifftop stone fortress was built by the earl of Albemarle, and the massive keep that dominates the existing ruins was added by Henry II in 1158, along with the enormous curtain walls that made the castle virtually impregnable. It remained largely unscathed until Cromwell's cannons did their worst during the Civil War. Further demolition came in 1914 when German warships shelled the town, and in 2012 when local vandals significantly damaged the Roman stonework. The castle has a spectacular panoramic view of the coast.

Sight Information


Castle Rd., Scarborough, YO11 1HY, England

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Sight Details:

  • £5.20
  • Apr.–Sept., daily 10–6; Oct., daily 10–5; Nov.–Mar., weekends 10–4; last admission 30 min before closing

Published 08/18/2015


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