Scarborough Art Gallery

scarborough art gallery


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.

Visitors typically spend up to 1 hour in the gallery but some stay for longer.

Getting to Scarborough Art Gallery

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 is a purple sign on the left-hand side of the building that reads ‘Scarborough 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

By train:

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

By bus:

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.



There are no steps to the front door of the Art Gallery. Inside there is a Welcome Desk with friendly staff ready to greet you.

The Welcome Desk, cloakroom (for coats and bags), shop, and three temporary gallery spaces and Space To Be are on the ground floor. The ground floor is fully accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.

First floor galleries

There is a temporary exhibition gallery on this floor along with permanent displays. There are 23 steps to the first floor and, at the moment, there is no lift to this floor.

Assistance animals

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs are welcome 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.

Address: Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW

Opening Times:
Tuesday – Sunday | 10am – 5pm (Last entry 4.30pm)

Phone number: 01723 374753


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, Scarborough ,YO11 2PW
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