Whitby, North Yorkshire
The historic fishing port of Whitby is now a popular holiday resort attracting visitors from all corners of the world. Situated along one of Britain’s finest stretches of coastline, with cliffs, fine sandy bays and attractive villages, Whitby has been a port for more than 1,000 years and is still a seafarer’s town today. It is unspoilt, bursting with character and quite unique and it has changed little since the days when the famous Captain James Cook lived and worked here. The traditional maritime town with its old cobbled streets, picturesque houses and sandy blue flag beach, is dominated by the cliff-top ruins of the beautiful Abbey. The narrow streets and alleys climbing down to the quayside still bustle, as they have done for centuries, and as folklore and tradition are very much part of the Whitby scene, visitors soon find themselves involved. A great place for a holiday or visit, Whitby is set among fine stretches of coast with spectacular cliffs, beaches and bays.
Whitby has much to see and do, with a selection of diverse attractions including the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Victorian Jet Works, the Dracula Experience, Pannett Park and Whitby Museum. All providing visitors to the town with a fantastic look into the towns rich heritage, along with the Whitby Wizard, a hands on science centre for both adults and children alike. Whitby is also well known for its connections with Bram Stokers Dracular, as being one of the locations in this world famous novel.
The dramatic ruins of the Whitby Abbey dominate the Eastern Headland and the 199 steps lead up to the parish Church of St Mary, whose churchyard inspired Bram Stoker to write his world-famous novel ‘Dracula’.
As well as attracting famous visitors, Whitby has produced its own famous son – Captain James Cook, whose house you can visit, now the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby’s old fishing quarter. The bustling harbour is still a working port and cobles can be hired for a spot of angling or enjoy the views of the coastline from one of the many pleasure crafts moored in the bay.
For food connoisseurs Whitby has it all, it’s superb fish restaurants can delight your senses on the local ‘catch of the day’ and traditional smoking houses that produce delicious smoked kippers are a treat for any food lover. Traditional sea-shanty inns preparing locally cooked produce and tea rooms serving freshly baked pastries and Yorkshire teas.
If you enjoy music and performing arts then the Whitby Folk Festival and Regatta, held in August, are a must and in October a week-long Captain Cook Festival celebrates the town’s proud seafaring traditions.
The beaches have been awarded the ENCAMS Seaside Award and will be flying the distinctive blue and yellow flag. Beach Chalets are available for weekly hire in Whitby.
There are also regular bus services to and from Whitby and Scarborough.