Scarborough Castle's tall keep, barbican, and great curtain wall dominate the Yorkshire
headland above the town and harbor of Scarborough. Built during 1136-1212 by William le Gros,
King Henry II, and King John, this royal castle was important in national and local politics
and defense throughout the Middle Ages, but was badly damaged by Parliamentarian cannon in 1645.
Four of the medieval periods important to Scarborough Castle are described in more detail below,
and a gallery of pictures are linked to the castle map.
Take a tour of the castle and its history here, and visit the real thing if you can!
The main barbican gate, as seen from the top of Castle Road.
A description of the physical structure of Scarborough Castle
A description of the Social Interactions in a castle
3D Kinemage of the Keep:
This is an interactive, rotatable 3D schematic reconstruction of the keep; drag with the mouse to move it. It requires a Java-enabled browser.
William le Gros' Involvement with Scarborough Castle
The politics of William le Gros, Earl of Yorkshire -in the reign of King Stephen
Henry II's Involvement with Scarborough Castle
The politics of Henry II
King John's Involvement with Scarborough Castle
The politics of King John
Edward II and Piers Gaveston's Involvement with Scarborough Castle
The politics of Edward II, and his Favorites
Short Time Line- fewer, more detailed entries.
Long Time Line- more complete, less detail.
Town of Scarborough
Yorkshire Tourist Board