Scarborough seafront with the Rotunda Museum just out of sight in the centre

Rotunda Museum


One of the oldest purpose-built museums in Britain, the museum has been a focal point for geology and local history since 1829.

Visit the website

What makes it special

  • Great place to study geology
  • Short distance from a fantastic seafront

Opening times:

Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Closed Mondays (except Bank Holiday Mondays)


Enjoy unlimited entry to the Museum and Art Gallery throughout the year with a £3 annual season ticket

Free entry for guests under 18

Hostels nearby

YHA Dalby Forest Exterior

YHA Dalby Forest

En suite rooms available
YHA Exclusive Hire
Self-catering kitchen (currently closed)

Rotunda Museum

SCARBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, YO11 2PS

Map references

OS Grid Ref: TA 043 882

Lat/Lng: 54.279382, -0.399299

Contact information

Email: [email protected]

Other things to do nearby

Wild swimming

Wild Swimming at Boggle Hole

Noted as a great place to swim in the Wild Swimming book. The sea at Boggle Hole is exhilarating, and perishing, all at once.

Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay is a picturesque old fishing village with delightful streets and old fisher-folk running cafes. The village is rife with tall tales of old smugglers.



Whitby is a lovely, seaside town dominated by the abbey ruins high on the hill. 199 steps lead to the churchyard that inspired Bram Stoker to write 'Dracula'.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking around Boggle Hole

The disused railway line (National cycle route 1 - North Sea trail) offers easy, family friendly and car free cycling, all within 10 minutes of the hostel.


Cycling around Boggle Hole

Take a leisurely cycle along the National Cycle Route 1 or the North Sea trail which starts 10 minutes away from the hostel.


Watersports in Boggle Hole

Step out of your room and into the sea and more importantly, you can then step out of the sea into a lovely hot shower!

Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land

One of the county's top theme parks, with rides for all of the family, including Mumbo Jumbo, which has the steepest drop in the world. Visit the website

RSPB Bempton

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Take a walk by the beautiful cliffs to try and spot some of our most fascinating birdlife.         Visit the website

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle

With its 2,500 year history, stunning location and panoramic views of the Yorkshire coastline, the castle is well worth a visit.       Visit the website

Walking and Rambling in YHA Dalby Forest

Walking and Rambling in Dalby Forest

Walk around the picturesque Hole of Horcum in the North York Moors. Lockton is the start of the 5.6 mile Bride Stones walk, taking in some of the Moors famous geological features.

Cycling in Dalby Forest

Cycling in Dalby Forest

The National Park has over 1400 miles of cycle ways for you to discover. Get out and about on your bike and enjoy the landscape.