Whitby is a vibrant seaside town in Yorkshire. The sandy beach is perfect for long summer afternoons, but there’s more to Whitby than sandcastles. Famed for its abbey and links to Dracula, there is a rich history to this town too. If you want to explore further afield, on three sides you’ll find the beautiful North York Moors National Park. Read on for our Spotlight on… Whitby!
Did you know?
Bram Stoker took inspiration from Whitby and the ruins of its magnificent abbey for his vampire classic Dracula. Stoker chose to set some of his novel’s most exhilarating scenes in the town – contributing to Whitby’s reputation as the ‘Goth’ capital of the UK.
Where is it?
Whitby is one beautiful towns that make up the North Yorkshire coastline.
What to do
Situated at the top of the East Cliff, Whitby Abbey provides a natural 360 degree vantage point from which to view the harbour, town and well into the Yorkshire countryside beyond. First settled as a monastery in way back in 657AD, Whitby Abbey formed an important religious centre during the Anglo-Saxon era. Closed down by Henry VIII in the 16th century, and shelled by the German navy during the First World War, Whitby Abbey is rich with history and certainly not to be missed.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
James Cook was a 18th century explorer and navigator who was one of the pioneers in mapping the Pacific Ocean. His achievements in the Royal Navy radically changed conventional perceptions of world geography. Growing up nearby to Whitby and spending part of his formative years in the town, Cook’s life is recognised in this fantastic museum.
Whitby Whale Watching
One of the most rewarding things to do in Whitby is take a boat tour and go whale watching in the North Sea. Apparently whales are spotted once every four years, will you be in luck?
What to eat
Known throughout North Yorkshire, the Magpie Cafe is one of the finest fish restaurants in the area. Memorable amongst tourists for the long queue that gathers outside in all weathers and season. Not only are the fish and chips worth waiting for, but this cafe also has great views over the harbour. If you’re not a big fish and chip fan, fear not, there is plenty more to choose from.
Where to stay
Captivating Whitby Cottage
This beautifully decorated cottage is an ideal base for a Whitby holiday. Situated near the coast, it is also within walking distances of a variety of shops and amenities. This well equipped cottage is an idyllic spot for a seaside break.