Though not in Whitby town itself, the Raven Hall Hotel is situated in a fantastic location for those looking to visit the beautiful Yorkshire town, which is just a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Boasting fantastic facilities and spectacular views of the bay, it’s a perfect base for everything from a romantic holiday to a wedding or business conference.
If this sounds like a setting where you could enjoy a relaxing short break in Whitby accommodation, why not consider staying at the beautiful Raven Hall Hotel, set just a short distance from the town? You may even like to stay in one of our exclusive Finnish lodges for a truly unique experience in Whitby.
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.
This 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
The Whitby area is also 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 the town 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.