Detailed review by oldwasp
Thornaby, United Kingdom
Scarborough castle brings back childhood memories for me as this was the first castle I ever visited. Our family summer holiday for many years was staying in a B&B at Scarborough. The two week holiday was spent playing on the beach, visiting Peasholme Park for the boating lake, tree walk and the naval warfare battle and the castle. We didn't always go into the castle, we usually played where the moat used to be which has a large grassed area with a children's play ground. Here we could play cricket, football, tennis and fly our kites without disturbing to many people. That's if we had any energy left after walking up the steep steps from the harbour.
High above the sea (300ft) the castle dominates the Scarborough skyline with it's natural defences of the cliff face and a ravine. You can just imagine any attackers just wanting to turn around and go home at the thought of trying to defeat such an impregnable fortress. The walls seem to go on forever with the keep towering over these. A lot of the walls have collapsed due to the poor condition they are in but you can still get a feel of how dominant they were.
To enter the main part of the castle you need to go through the barbican entrance across a bridge then up and up and up until you come to the keep.
To be honest my memories are not very clear on what was up here as my brother and I would be to busy defeating the enemy with our swords, bow and arrows, pistols, rifles, machine guns and grenades, get the picture we do not lose. One thing I do remember the views from the high advantage point are very good.
Writing this review has brought back many happy thoughts of my childhood and the urge to go back and to actually see if it can bring back what I have forgotten about the buildings left inside the castle.
This is an attraction I would recommend visiting if you ever go to Scarborough.