Days out in Yorkshire: Scarborough Castle

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A soon as you get to Scarborough, you won’t be able to miss the striking presence of the town’s castle.

Separating Scarborough’s two beautiful bays is an imposing headland, with the centrepiece a 12th century keep which creates an iconic coastal skyline.

The attraction also boasts the original castle wall, used as protection during the English Civil War when Cromwell’s men took hold of the site and failed to fight off a Royalist siege.

The five month siege was one of the bloodiest events of the Civil War, and it’s well worth visiting the site to hear more of this fascinating event from the experts themselves.

Special weekends see re-enactments of these historic Civil War battles in the castle grounds; live action events which attract thousands of families.

The castle itself shows signs of severe damage from a German naval bombardment during the First World War, but this only gives the keep more intrigue, as the inside is visible from the North side.

The views from the cliffs are extraordinary, with a full panorama from the South Bay with its ice cream shops and amusement arcades, to the quaint quietness of the North Bay.

Make sure you wear good footwear as the field around the castle can be pretty soggy after heavy rain.

If you want more detail from your visit, English Heritage have invested in a new audio tour which provides a full and informative history of the Henry II castle.


Prices: Adult £5, children £3, EH members FREE

Opening Times: 10am-4pm (February 16 on)

Car Parking: Paid, Marine Drive

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Telephone: 01723 372451

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