Whitby is a quaint coastal fishing town on Yorkshires east coast, close to the scenic North Yorkshire Moors National Park and the unspoilt fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hoods Bay.
Whitby is full of history including its connections with Captain James Cook the explorer. He became an apprentice to a Whitby ship owner in 1746. All captain cooks ships were built here in Whitby, the Endeavor, Resolution, Adventure and Discovery.
Whitby’s fishermen were engaged in whaling for 80 years, there is a whale jaw bone that was presented to Whitby by Norway in 1963.You can see this on the West Cliff as it frames the picturesque views of the 199 steps and beyond.
The 199 steps ascend to St Marys church and the ruins of Whitby Abbey, they beautifully dominate the skyline above the harbor entrance.
The steps are associated with Bram Stoker, as he based most of his Dracula novel here whilst staying in Whitby in 1890.
Lewis Carroll also set some of his work in Whitby as he was a regular visitor, he took his inspiration whilst walking along the beach.
Whitby jet is a local semi precious stone, and can be sourced one of the many of the quality jewelers you will find these scattered amongst the cobble streets.
Whitby is divided in two by the river Esk, which runs into the North Sea. St Marys and the Abbey are located on the eastern headland, known as the old town. Opposite sits the later seaside resort which was developed in the Victorian times.
Below the West Cliff is 2.5 km of clean sandy beach ending at the picturesque village of Sandsend.
Apart from its beach, visitors can also enjoy the museums, craft shops, tea rooms and oldie worldly ways Whitby has to offer.
Whitby and some of the neighboring villages are used as the setting for the many TV films and shows including the popular Heart beat series.
Whatever you like Whitby has something to offer for everyone.