The Raven Hall Hotel in Scarborough

While the Raven Hall Hotel is not located in Scarborough itself, it makes for a great place to stay for those interested in the Yorkshire town, as it is located just a 20-minute drive away. With numerous special offers throughout the year, and events planned too, a stay at the Raven Hall Hotel can be everything you wish for and more.

If you’re seeking accommodation in Scarborough, the Raven Hall Hotel will provide the perfect base for your stay, whether you’re on a romantic break or a family holiday. Also, with a fascinating history, and plenty to see and do in the surrounding area, it’s bound to be a trip you’ll always remember.

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.

Things to do in Scarborough

The town today is still 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.