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.

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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

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

Watersports in Scarborough

Watersports in Scarborough

Scarborough has two beautiful beaches, The North and South Bays, with Cayton Bay 5 miles to the south and Filey Beach just 10 miles away.

Climbing in Scarborough

Climbing in Scarborough

Try indoor climbing at the brand new wall in The Street or little used spectacular, sea cliff routes on the north side of Filey Brigg.  

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

Cycling in Scarborough

Cycling in Scarborough

North Yorkshire has thousands of miles of quiet country lanes which offer a range of routes to suit all abilities and levels of fitness.

Walking and Rambling in Scarborough

Walking and Rambling in Scarborough

North Yorkshire is criss-crossed by countless paths and bridleways allowing walkers of all abilities to explore cliffs, beaches, woods, forests and moorland.

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.


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!

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.

Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest

2 miles Explore lovely waymarked walks and cycle routes through the beautiful wooded landscape, or try orienteering - fun for all. Visit the website  

Mountain biking in Whitby

Mountain biking in Whitby

Get out and about on your bike and enjoy the landscape. Try Dalby Forest, 20 miles from Whitby, where you can explore an exhilarating 40 miles of mountain bike trails.

mountain biking

Mountain Biking in York

Get on your bike and head to Dalby Forest, a must for mountain biking enthusiasts with over 40 miles of man made trails for you to explore.