Scarborough Art GalleryVisiting

Nestled in Crescent Gardens - cue beautiful bird song! - we’re your go-to if you’re in need of a cultural and calming creative fix.
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Opening Times
Tuesday – Sunday | 10am – 5pm

Admission Prices
£3 Annual Pass – admission to both Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum

Free – Under 18s and registered carers.

Scarborough Art Gallery
The Crescent
YO11 2PW

01723 374753
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Visit our café

If you’re need of some refreshment and time for reflection after your visit to the Art Gallery, a visit to Sitwell by Eat Me just next door at Woodend, will do just the trick!

Open Tuesday – Saturday / 10am – 4pm

A big HELLO from the team at Scarborough Art Gallery. We look forward to welcoming you.

Scarborough Art Gallery houses the borough’s permanent collection of fine art, which has grown through gifts, bequests and purchases since its beginnings in 1947, reflecting the vibrant mix of the community and its cultural heritage.

The gallery, originally called Crescent House, was built as a family home in the late 1840s by local solicitor John Uppleby and has had a fascinating history. This Grade II* Italianate villa is one of the finest buildings in Scarborough, set in the beautiful Crescent Gardens in the centre of town.

As well as the permanent collection, the Art Gallery hosts regular temporary exhibitions, giving us an opportunity to show some of the fine collections we hold, and to display work by local, national and internationally renowned artists, as well as interesting touring work from around the UK.

We are a small site. Visitors typically spend up to 1 hour in the gallery but some stay for longer.

Getting Here

Scarborough Art Gallery
The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW

Located in The Crescent, 5 minutes walk from Scarborough town centre and around 10 minutes walk from the South Bay beach and foreshore.

The gallery is next door to Woodend Gallery and Studios.

Scarborough Art Gallery is a large stone building on The Crescent. There are two red banners on the outside that read ‘Art Gallery’.

The Gallery is located next door to Woodend Gallery and Studios and Londesborough Lodge.

There is no car parking on site at the Art Gallery.

Accessible parking for Blue Badge holders is outside the Gallery on The Crescent.

The Palm Court Car Park is a multi-storey, pay and display car park close to the Gallery.

On street pay and display parking is available on The Crescent and Valley Road.

There are two park and ride services in Scarborough. Find out more.

Scarborough railway station is a 10 minute walk away. This is a step free station. Taxis are available at the station.

The nearest bus stop is at York Place, 2 minutes walk from the Art Gallery entrance.

East Yorkshire Buses provide bus travel services around Scarborough borough.

Yorkshire Coastliner bus service provides travel links from Leeds, Whitby and Bridlington.

Arriva provide bus travel into Scarborough from Middlesbrough, Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay.

Virtual Tour

Summer 2022 Exhibitions

We invite you to take a look at the current exhibitions at the Art Gallery – Emma Gibson: Quicksand and a fresh display of works by John Atkinson Grimshaw.



There is step free access to the Art Gallery. Inside there is a Welcome Desk and our friendly staff will be ready to greet you.

The Welcome Desk, cloakroom (for coats and bags), shop, and temporary galleries are on the ground floor. The ground floor is fully
accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.

1st floor galleries
There are 23 steps to the 1st floor and at the moment we do not have a lift to this floor.

Assistance animals
We welcome guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs in the gallery. Drinking bowls are available on request from the information desk. When visiting, please take responsibility for your assistance animal as it should remain under your care and control throughout your visit.

Well behaved dogs, kept on a lead throughout your visit, are welcome in the Art Gallery.

Toilets and baby changing
We have two toilets both with baby change facilities. The toilets are upstairs and at the moment there is no lift.

Accessible toilet
There is a fully accessible toilet next door at Woodend Gallery, less than 2 minutes away.

Pushchair parking
There is a place to store pushchairs if you’d like to go upstairs.

If you are wishing to visit in a group of 10 or more people we ask you to get in touch in advance so that we can ensure you have a pleasant visit to the Art Gallery.

Please email us to plan your visit.

The Art Gallery Visual Story aims to explain and describe ‘what will happen’ and ‘what to expect’ when you visit. It has been written with children with autism in mind, but could also be useful for parents and young adults. You can download it here or pick up a copy when you visit.

Large print labels and guides for our exhibitions are available from the Welcome Desk.


Sensory Map
This map aims to give a visual representation and help visitors to identify spaces where there may be changes to their sensory experience, supporting them to plan their visit. You can download it here or pick up a copy when you visit.

Ear defenders are available upon request from the reception desk during your visit. Please ask for assistance at any time during a visit and call ahead if you have any questions.

Music, sounds and videos
There is sometimes background music and sounds in the gallery spaces, depending on the exhibition.

Sometimes our galleries can get busy. Please ask staff if you need help finding a calmer space.

Booking is not required to visit the gallery.

You are welcome to wear a face covering and we encourage you to do so in busy areas, but it is not mandatory.

You will find lots of places to clean your hands. If you need to cough or sneeze, please catch it in a tissue, bin it and clean your hands.

To keep everyone safe our staff are doing lots of cleaning.

Please be mindful of others as you move around the venues.

Hand sanitiser will be available on entry and as you exit the gallery.