The village itself is split into two, 'The Green' and the main village which are about 400 yards apart. It is situated just off the A19, 2.5 miles north of Easingwold, 15 miles (24 km) north of York and 9 miles south of Thirsk. It can be reached by either travelling from Easingwold, turning left at the round about at the top of Long Street, along Raskelf Road, or directly from the A19 (just after the Easingwold bypass travelling north), or from Helperby which connects Raskelf to the Boroughbridge/Harrogate areas of North Yorkshire.
St Mary's church 12th-century is notable as the only church in Yorkshire to have a wooden tower and is a grade II* listed building.
There still exists a pound, known as a "Pinfold", where stray animals were once kept. There is a pub called the Black Bull. There is also a bed and breakfast on the main road into Raskelf and a café that is just being opened that will sell fresh produce, rare breed meat and ice cream.
Prior to the nationwide municipal reorganization of 1974, Raskelf was part of Easingwold Rural District. Historically, it was located in the ecclesiastical parish of Easingwold in the Bulmer Wapentake.
(Raskelf is 15 miles north of York.)