The ruins of Scarborough Castle, Castle Road (tel. 01723/372451; www.english-heritage.org.uk), stand on the promontory near a former Viking settlement. From the castle, you can look out over the North Bay, the beaches, and the gardens along the shore. Throughout the summer, fairs and festivals celebrate days of yore, with mock battles, pageantry, and falconry displays. The castle is open daily as follows: July and August 9:30am to 6pm; October and February 10am to 5pm; November to January 10am to 4pm; March to June and September 10am to 6pm. Admission is £4 for adults, £3.10 for seniors and persons with disabilities, £2 for children, £10 family ticket. Children 4 years old and younger enter free.
Nearby is the medieval Church of St. Mary, Castle Road (no phone), where Anne Brontë, the youngest of the three sisters of literary fame, was buried in 1849. She died in Scarborough after being brought from her home in Haworth in hopes that the sea air would revive her health.
Also located at the Crescent is the Art Gallery (tel. 01723/374753). The gallery's permanent collection features pieces ranging from 17th-century portraits to 20th-century masterworks. Many of the works relate to the Scarborough area. Changing exhibitions by young artists and local craftspeople are also displayed. If you're interested in learning how to create your own works of art, you may want to spend a while at the Crescent Arts Workshop, located in the basement of the gallery. Local artists offer courses and demonstrations in their respective mediums. The Art Gallery is open from June to September, Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. The rest of the year it is open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm. Admission is £2 for adults, £1.50 for seniors and children. Children 4 and younger are admitted free. For information about workshop offerings, call tel. 01723/351461, or visit their website at www.crescentarts.co.uk.
Local history collections and displays of important archaeological finds can be found at the Rotunda Museum, Vernon Road (tel. 01723/374839; www.rotundamuseum.org.uk). The museum is housed in a circular building, constructed in 1829 for William Smith, the "Father of English Geology," to display his collection; it was one of the first public buildings in England built specifically for use as a museum. The Rotunda is open June to September Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm; from October to May, hours are Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Admission is £4.50 for adults, and children under 18 enter free.
Of course, Scarborough still has the springs that established its popularity. The Spa, South Bay (tel. 01723/376774), no longer offers guests the opportunity to partake of the waters; it is now an entertainment and conference center in the midst of elegant gardens and buildings dating from several eras. In summer, there is a concert of some kind every day (usually classical and often held outdoors). Unless you just want to wander through the grounds, entertaining in itself, you may want to call ahead for concert times and prices.
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