Scarborough Castle

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Opening Times:

1 Apr-30 Sep daily, 10am-6pm;
1 Oct-4 Nov Thurs-Mon, 10am-4pm
5 Nov- 28 Mar 2013 Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm
24-26 Dec and 31 Dec-1 Jan 2012 closed


Adult: £4.90
Child: £2.90
Concession: £4.40
Family: £12.70
English Heritage free

Venue contact details:

T: 01723 372451

Scarborough Castle

Turner was clearly fond of Scarborough, Britain's first seaside resort. The number of sketches and watercolours for one area, all of which centred on Scarborough Castle, is one of the highest for any site in his oeuvre. Towering over the clifftops, the castle has a colourful history, starting life as an Iron Age Fort, being occupied by the Romans, becoming a Viking settlement and reaching its heyday under Henry II.

In 1801, Turner recorded the view up the castle cliff from the near end of the harbour wall in watercolour (Scarborough, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Wilton number: 318) and a view of the Barbican in watercolour, silhouetted against the sunset (Image unavailable, private collection, sold Christie's 21.11.2007 no.28). 

In about 1816 Turner returned to Scarborough to make a comprehensive study of the town, beach and castle, and filled two sketchbooks with studies of the resort (the 'Scarborough 1' and 'Scarborough 2' sketchbooks, Tate Gallery, Finberg numbers: CL and CLI). 

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Turner's Viewpoint

In 1816 Turner explored the south bay, the Weaponness valley, the harbour area, the castle ward - making sketches looking from the castle to the north, south and west - and the north bay.  In the end he returned to his favourite view of the castle and harbour from the south bay in a new watercolour painted in 1818 (Scarborough, private collection, Wilton number: 529).

Scarborough Castle is open daily during the summer for visitors to explore 3,000 years of turbulent history from Bronze age to World War II.  Please check winter opening times before starting your journey. 

Discover The Landscape

The Turner Trails bench can be found within the grounds of Scarborough Castle.

You can also visit the Turner Trails panel which is located on the coastal footpath south of South Bay promenade.

Castles in Turner's Yorkshire

Download our themed leaflet and let the walls guide you around more than a dozen of Yorkshire's magnificent castles sketched and painted by Turner.

The Venue


Scarborough Castle, Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY

Map reference: TA050892

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Directions to Scarborough Castle:

Follow signs for Scarborough town centre/railway station. At station, turn left at traffic lights onto Northway, then next right onto Victoria Road. Follow to roundabout and straight over onto Castle Rd.