Whitby is a beautiful seaport located on the north east coast of
England and surrounded by the North Yorkshire Moors National
Park. Famed for its connection to Bram Stokers Dracula and the
explorer Captain James Cook,Whitby has a long and rich history
and has attracted holidaymakers for hundreds of years.
There are two halves to the town divided by the River Esk, which
runs from the moors through Whitby to the North Sea. The old
fishing port is positioned on the east side of the harbour at the
mouth of the river and beneath the cliffs. Wander through a
maze of narrow streets and climb the famous 199steps leading
to the historic Whitby Abbey.
Opposite on the West Cliff is the later seaside
resort developed in Victorian times. A statue of Captain James
Cook can be found on the West Cliff as well as a huge whalebone
arch, which commemorates the town's whaling industry. Below
the West Cliff is a sandy beach stretching 2.5km to the village
of Sandsend. With museums, an array of gift shops, tea rooms,
pubs and restaurants Whitby has much to offer, as does the
surrounding area. There are events held throughout the year such
as Goth Weekend and music festivals.
Explore the Heritage Coast, to discover quaint fishing villages such as Staithes and Robin Hoods Bay to the north and south of Whitby. The resorts of Scarborough and Filey are only a short car journey away.
Inland the villages of Danby, Goathland, Castleton, Lealholm and Egton Bridge provide the finest scenery. The North Yorkshire Moors offers excellent walking and cycling.