Scarborough

The Raven Hall Hotel in Scarborough

The Raven Hall Hotel is located in Ravenscar, a beautiful cliff-top location overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay. Whilst not located in Scarborough itself, Raven Hall makes for a great place to stay for those interested in the Yorkshire town, as it is located just a 20-minute drive away. When you stay at the Raven Hall Hotel, you are ideally placed between Whitby and Scarborough and can easily travel to these beautiful coastal towns during your stay.

If you’re seeking a hotel near Scarborough, the Raven Hall Hotel will provide the perfect base for your stay, whether you’re on a romantic break or a family holiday. Or if you fancy a unique stay, why not try out Scarborough log cabins?

Things to do in Scarborough

The seaside resort of Scarborough is overlooked by a high rocky promontory pointing eastward into the North Sea, on which sits the ruins of Scarborough Castle, separating the sea front into north and south bays. It is the southern bay which was the site of the original settlement, and this remains the focus of the town today, with its sandy beaches and amusement arcades.

Attractions wise, apart from the castle ruins and the grand hotel, there's also the fantastic Scarborough lighthouse, which was constructed in the 19th century for this then busy port.

The history of Scarborough

Scarborough is a town with a long history, as the roots of the town can be traced all the way back to 966AD when it was founded by the Viking raider Thorgils Skarthi. However, this original settlement was destroyed soon after by another band of Vikings, and did not fully recover until around 1140AD, when a castle to protect the town was constructed. In 1155AD, Charters were awarded to the town by King Henry II, which allowed a market to be set up on the sands, encouraging trade to flourish.

In 1253, the town’s trade was boosted once again when the Scarborough Fair was permitted by the Royal Charter, allowing the creation of a festival which drew in traders from all over Europe. This successful festival ran yearly for nearly 500 years from the 13th to the 18th century.

In 1626, an acidic water spring was discovered in the cliffs south of the town, leading to the creation of the Scarborough Spa, which attracted a large number of people to the town. It is now a venue for live music events and entertainment. This increase in visitors was the main reason that Scarborough became Britain's first seaside resort, gaining a rail connection and later in 1845 the construction of the Grand Hotel, the largest hotel in Europe at the time.