As detailed in our Cookie Policy, like most sites Strolling Guides uses cookies to enhance your experience, and to share information about how you use our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Unless you disable cookies in your browser, using this website means you consent to this.

Not used

Scarborough Castle



Yorkshire_north Map

Last Visited: 2011

The Barbican and North Bay

The Barbican and North Bay

A flat promontory, almost completely surrounded by steep cliffs and only approachable by a narrow neck of land was always going to be a fortress.

However, the evidence for pre-Roman occupation is thin on the ground, possibly because erosion has taken much of it to the bottom of the sea.

Some Beaker pottery has been found, dating to the middle Bronze Age, and various pits, postholes and artefacts dating from the late Bronze and Early Iron Age.

The earliest substantial remains are of a Roman signal station, which was later adapted as a Saxon Chapel. The bulk of what we see today, however, dates from 1159, when Henry II ordered the rebuilding of an earlier Norman structure.

It continued to be strengthen over the succeeding centuries and in the mid-thirteenth century was regarded as one of the greatest fortresses in England.

Unlike nearby Pickering, Scarborough came under attack many times, and saw much action during the Civil War. This resulted in the deliberate slighting of the castle at the end of the war, and the destruction of half the Keep.

This was not the end, however, as the castle continued to be manned until the mid-nineteenth century, and was even bombarded during the First World War.