The Rotunda Museum is full of fascinating objects, from fossils found on East Yorkshire’s Dinosaur Coast to Gristhorpe Man, the skeleton and coffin of a Bronze Age man, which is the best example of a tree burial in Britain.
Come face to face with the wonderful creatures which once called Yorkshire home at the Ancient Seas of the Yorkshire Coast display. See the fascinating collection of fossils and specially commissioned reconstructions of what marine life was like millions of years ago.
Don’t miss the mysterious bone, flint and antler objects from Star Carr, one of the most important Middle Stone Age sites of its kind in Great Britain. How might the head dress made from a red deer skull have been used?
The Rotunda is an exhibit in itself – this unique circular building, opened in 1829, is one of the world’s first purpose-built museums, built to a design suggested by William ‘Strata’ Smith, known as the father of English Geology.
The interior, with its fascinating Georgian gallery, features a frieze showing the geology of the local coastline designed by Smith’s nephew, John Phillips. The original cases tell the history of the museum and the explore the stories of the nineteenth century Scarborough Philosophical Society which brought the collections together.
With its stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline, the castle will be the pinnacle of your visit to Scarborough. Come and see objects from its 3,000 years of history, play on the grassy headland, and grab a coffee in the Master Gunner’s house.
Head through the imposing gatehouse and step into 3,000 years of history. Explore the castle headland with the audio tour and gain a fascinating insight into its past, from Iron Age settlements, to the Roman signal station and medieval chapel.
The castle’s heyday was in the 12th century when it was developed by Henry II and King John. This mighty castle has seen action in some of England’s most defining battles.
It was twice besieged by Parliamentarians in the Civil War, and has defended king and country from the Jacobites, Napoleon and the German Kaiser, when it came under bombardment during the First World War.
SEA LIFE is a great day out in Scarborough with lots of activities including:
Our Amazing Events!
We regularly hold events at the Centre which are at no additional cost to your admission ticket. Our next upcoming events are Ascarium for October Half Term and Meet Santa from 1st December till 24th December.
Walk with penguins at your feet on Penguin Island – home to our adorable Humboldt penguins!
Our SEA LIFE experts will be on hand to let you touch starfish and crabs and learn all about what you would find around the shores of the United Kingdom. Kids will love this, it’s one of those family moments that will last long in the memory!
It’s great to wander around on your day out and discover the amazing creatures we have here but going along to a talk by one of our SEA LIFE experts will really add to the experience. Hear amazing facts about all the different creatures we have and watch some of them being fed. Got any questions? Just ask us!
A highlight of your day will surely be when you dive under the waves into our Ocean Tunnel. Watch as sharks, tropical fish and our Loggerhead turtle swim over your head.
For those wanting to make the most of a whole day out in Scarborough, you can get your hand stamped on exit and pop out to the beach or sightseeing and then return to the centre to carry on the fun!
Pirate Adventure Mini Golf
Bring out your competitive side with a round of Pirate Adventure Golf, a round is included with every ticket! Test your navigation skills around cannons, treasure chests and gunpowder barrels and don’t forget to collect your winner’s prize!
Once you’ve finished your dive into SEA LIFE Scarborough you might be looking for other things to do in Scarborough. Why not hop on the North Bay Mini Railway and splash down further into the Alpamare Waterpark which are both next door.