Whitby

The Raven Hall Hotel near Whitby

Though not in Whitby town itself, the Raven Hall Hotel is situated in beautiful Ravenscar which is just 20 minutes away; a fantastic location for those looking to visit the charming Yorkshire town of Whitby.

For the traditional Raven Hall experience, you are welcome to stay in our cliff-top country house hotel, it’s the perfect setting for a romantic holiday, and we also offer beautiful Whitby weddings. Our hotel is within easy reach of Whitby and offers dramatic views across Robin Hood’s Bay.

Whitby accommodation

If this sounds like a setting where you could enjoy a relaxing short break in our Whitby accommodation, why not consider staying at the beautiful Raven Hall Hotel, set just a short distance from the town? We have a fantastic choice of accommodation in the Whitby area, with spectacular views of the bay. If you are searching for something a little different, why not try our Finnish lodges, the perfect base to explore Scarborough?

The history of Whitby

Whitby is a coastal town set at the mouth of the beautiful River Esk, covering both sides of this river valley. The town, which was originally known as Streonshalh, dates back all the way to 656AD and was founded at the same time as the original Whitby Abbey by the then Christian king of Northumbria.

The original abbey was destroyed during a Viking raid and was only re-settled in 1078, at which time the town also became known as Whitby. The town was initially supported by the Abbey and the fishing industry, but later on in the 18th century it developed to become a centre of ship building and a well-founded trade centre due to the export of alum and jet from the moors.

Things to do in Whitby

When staying in our accommodation near Whitby, you’ll never be short of things to do. The Whitby area is well known for its fossils; fantastically preserved skeletons of pterodactyls have been discovered in its cliffs, and it is a great place for the amateur fossil hunters out there to go looking for beautiful ammonite fossils.

Attractions include the ruins of Whitby Abbey, which are situated on the cliffs above the town. You can enjoy a walk up to the structure using the old steps that connect the town to the abbey, with the ruins themselves a great example of brilliantly preserved stonework.

Other historical sites in Whitby include the statue of Captain James Cook, who was an apprentice in the town, and a recreation of the commemorative whale bone arch, which represents the whaling industry from the town’s history. The original arch is stored in the Whitby Museum.