Sneaton Castle Centre Whitby
Region: YorkshireDisabled Facilities: Yes
Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips
Address: Castle Road, Whitby, Yorkshire YO21 3QN
Contact: 01974 600051
Set in stunning spacious grounds in a beautiful location near the seashore and North York Moors and only a mile from Whitby town centre. Sneaton Castle Centre provides excellent day and residential facilities for all types of educational visits for schools and colleges. We offer standard and en-suite accommodation at good rates, excellent home cooking and ample free and safe coach parking. We provide first-rate work rooms for students including facilities to learn more about Anglo-Saxon times and early Christianity and Monasticism. The site is secured with a 24 hour attended reception and Night Porter service.
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Up to 120 guests.
Please provide location information?
Sneaton Castle Centre lies 1 mile from Whitby town centre. A regular local bus runs into town from outside the Centre grounds which also links with other transport services to the surrounding areas and beyond. Open top bus tours operate in Whitby and The Esk Valley Railway connects the rural communities around the North York Moors with the town of Middlesbrough in the heart of Teesside. The railway is an environmentally friendly and stress free way to explore the magnificent landscape and beautiful villages along the way.
Why you are great for educational visits?
There is so much to see and do in and around Whitby. Sneaton Castle is within easy walking distance of the beautiful beaches and coastline of the magnificent North East coastline. The town has an historic harbour, a stunning Abbey on the site of a 7th century monastery founded by St Hilda, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Dracula Experience, Pannett Park and The North York Moors National Park.
The lovely seaside villages of Staithes, Runswick Bay and Robin Hood’s Bay and the large bustling seaside resort of Scarborough are all within easy reach. There are water sports nearby including sailing, surfing, kite boarding and kite surfing. There is fishing nearby and boat trips are available from the harbour. Exploring the wild life and nature the amazing coastline and searching for fossils are popular attractions.
Within our extensive grounds there is a wonderful nature walk and large beautiful gardens to explore. We have a well equipped games room which includes table tennis, table football and a video game. There are three tennis courts in front of the Castle building and a large green playing area suitable for ball games.
Is there anything you offer specifically for educational visits?
Although our work is mainly to provide a base for groups to come and “do their own thing” we are also able to offer a unique insight into a living modern religious community living next door to the Centre as well as providing interesting talks about early Christianity, the Northern Saints and early Monastic Life in the area.
Can you provide information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
We have two types of accommodation; Guest House and Hostel accommodation all rated 4-star by Visit Britain. The Guest House accommodation comprises family rooms (4 beds in each) and twin rooms all with their own en-suites bathrooms, televisions and a comfortable resident lounge. Our Hostel accommodation comprises single, twin and multi occupancy (3, 4, 5 and 6 person) rooms all fitted with hand basins and with easy access to shared bathroom, shower and toilet facilities on each corridor. Everyone has access to a comfortable residents lounge with TV and DVD facilities in each. Free WIFI is available in all areas of the Centre and can be accessed by guests.
Are visitors allowed to take photos, video or audio, if appropriate?
There are no copyright restrictions for anyone wishing to take photographs, videos or audio recordings but the usual safeguarding procedures followed by groups visiting the Centre and taking pictures or video recordings.
What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We provide a risk assessment for all schools but encourage them to come and do their own risk assessment before their stay. We have weekly fire alarm checks and we offer a fire drill exercise to every school on arrival. Teachers sign a form at the beginning of every visit to say they understand and will fully comply with the Centre health and safety guidelines and our rules on emergency procedures.
Telephone 01947 600051
Fax 01947 603490
All our duty staff are trained First Aiders.
What are the contact details for their education officer?
Sr Carole OHP is based at Sneaton Castle Centre and can be contact on 01947 600051; she will work with schools prior to and throughout their visit.
What is the cost of the accommodation?
Student rates apply to children up to and including age 16 and those attending 6th Form Colleges (All prices are for standard accommodation and are inclusive of VAT at 20%)
2017 prices are as follows:-
B&B £22.70 £32.15
Half Board £30.60 £43.05
Full Board £36.50 £51.00
We offer one free staff place for every 30 pupils and some small bursaries are available for pupils suffering extreme financial hardship.
Please list facilities available?
Meals are included in the package that schools book. Most come half board (dinner, bed and breakfast) then take packed lunches at £4.50 per head and rooms are provided for schools to eat packed lunches purchased from the Centre; some schools also take full board.
Internet access is free of charge but we do not provide computers. Every school is allocated their own common room and we have excellent classroom facilities including a large hall and stage and rooms for music, drama and art and large playing fields and gardens for schools to use. We have a little tuck shop in Reception and a larger shop in the basement selling gifts, books, postcards etc and a small games room for board games.
Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
All our duty staff are trained First Aiders.
Are there disabled facilities?
Sneaton Castle is an old building and we have installed ramps etc. where physically possible to public rooms and some sleeping accommodation blocks but this is limited. We do have some ground floor rooms and two excellent en-suite rooms especially adapted for less-able bodied guests. We do not provide emergency buttons but the two specially adapted en-suite rooms have telephone access to Reception.
What are your opening hours?
We are open all year round except for Christmas and New Year. Our Reception desk is covered 24 hours each day, 7-days per week.
Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University
Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December
Accommodation Type: Guesthouses Hostels Outdoor Residential Centres