Scarborough Castle started life as an Iron Age Fort, was occupied by the Romans, became a Viking settlement and reached its heyday under Henry II.
This royal stronghold, built by successive medieval kings over two centuries has seen more than its fair share of conflict and sieges. It was fought over in the English Civil War and came under bombardment during the First World War.
The Rotunda Museum
Originally opening in 1829, today the Rotunda Museum’s small size hides a wealth of fascinating stories ready to be discovered.
Explore modern interactive displays to learn about the fascinating Geology of the Yorkshire Coast. Find out about this unique geology that brought William Smith to the town and inspired him to design this fabulous iconic building that opened in 1829. Known as the father of English geology, Smith changed the world with his discoveries and the museum has been a focal point for geology and local history enthusiasts ever since.
The first floor Shell Geology Now Gallery focuses on 21st century developments and is home to our most famous resident; Gristhorpe Man, a unique Bronze Age skeleton and tree trunk burial find.
The awe inspiring central Rotunda Gallery is a remarkable space that explains the Scarborough that existed in Smith’s days as well as some of the characters that he influenced and that populated the town at the time.
St. Mary?s Church
St. Mary?s Church is situated adjacent to the castle on the headland which seperates the North Bay and the South Bay in Scarborough. It?s pleasant churchyard is famous as being the location of Anne Bronte?s Grave.