The best station for trains to Scarborough Castle is Scarborough. It's on the North TransPennine and Yorkshire Coast lines, served by trains from Sheffield, and from Liverpool Lime Street via Manchester, Leeds and York. If you're coming from London, the best route is to travel from King's Cross to York and change there. From Scarborough station it's a 17-minute walk to Scarborough Castle - for a shorter walk, take the 13 or 15 bus to the bottom of Castle Road.
|Staffing level||Part time|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Customer help points||Available|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park|
|Carpark operator||Apcoa on Behalf of First TransPennine Express|
|Car parking spaces||84|
|Cycle storage spaces||26|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
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|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Available|
Scarborough Castle sits on a rocky promontory with spectacular views of Scarborough's bays and the North Sea. The site was important long before the castle arrived - remains of a late Bronze Age fort, including a 3,000-year-old sword, are on display in the museum. In the 4th century a Roman signal station was built here to warm of approaching hostile vessels, and around the year 1000 the Anglo-Saxons built a chapel on the site. Stone fortifications only arrived in the 12th century, and King Henry II added to them with a great keep. King John maintained the castle as a comfortable residence and a bastion of his power in an unfriendly north, strengthening it with an outer wall.
The castle underwent major renovation in the late 14th and early 15th centuries, and was subjected to a five-month siege during the English Civil War. Parliamentary forces pounded it with what was then the largest cannon in the country, the Cannon Royal, and scurvy, a lack of water and near-starvation eventually forced the Royalist defenders to surrender.
Visitors today can enjoy the panorama from the Castle headland, vie,3w the exhibition in the Master Gunner's House, and grab a bite to eat in the tearoom.