Scarborough Castle was more than two centuries in the making by medieval kings and has stood strong through more sieges than we even have space to list, and the English Trust site remains one of the county’s most-visited family attractions. With a prominent position high above the coastline, the castle benefits from breathtaking views out to sea and the site’s history dates back more than 2500 years.
Once an Iron Age Fort, the site was later taken over by the Romans before acting as a settlement for Vikings, and it finally came into its own as the castle we can still see today when Henry II took over. The castle’s surrounded by sprawling grounds that visitors can take their time exploring, and the Master Gunner’s House includes an engaging exhibition and a tea room.
Summer’s days often see live demonstrations of historic events bring the grounds to life for visitors and the English heritage audio tour gives a fascinating insight into the thousands of years of history this site has seen. There are regular family events at the castle too, such as family fun trails that encourage kids to spot what they can and discover the secrets behind the stone.