If visiting historical sites and museums is an important part of your holiday, then North Yorkshire is a perfect choice. Home to iconic sites such as Whitby Abbey (founded in 657 AD) and Scarborough Castle (a former medieval Royal fortress), there is no shortage of fascinating historical sites to visit in the region.
Whitby Abbey is just a 25-minute drive from Raven Hall (approximately 14 miles) and is perfectly situated for a day trip. The romantic ruins of the abbey overlook the sea, perched on a cliff above the town. The abbey, now one of the most recognisable heritage sites in North Yorkshire, was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of Dracula.
In the opposite direction, roughly 11 miles along the coast, Scarborough Castle is one of the region’s most important buildings. Henry II’s great tower, which was built between 1159 and 1169, and the medieval castle walls, loom over the headland. Within the castle walls are the remains of the 13th-century royal residence. Discover its fascinating history and enjoy sweeping views over the coast.
If you’re travelling to North Yorkshire by car, Rievaulx Abbey is just over an hour’s drive from Ravenscar. Dating back 900 years, these enchanting monastic ruins are like something out of a fairy-tale. The abbey was founded in 1132 and was the first Cistercian abbey to be to be established in the north of England. In its heyday, the monastery housed 650-strong community. Although the monastery was dissolved in 1538, the ruins have inspired writers and artists in the centuries since.
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