10 attractions in and around Whitby
Whitby is dominated by the ruins of St Hilda’s Abbey, located high on the East Cliff. Down below is the picturesque seaside town, with a maze of alleyways and narrow streets. A trip to the parish of St Mary, will give you some history on Bram Stoker who took inspiration from the churchyard to write the world famous book, Dracula.
1. Captain Cook Memorial Monument
Captain James Cook was a British explorer, navigator and cartographer who rose to the rank of captain in the Royal Navy. His first voyage with Endeavour was to travel across the Pacific Ocean to observer and record the transit of Venus across the Sun. His final voyage was to the Hawaiian Islands, Cook was the first European to visit the islands in 1778. The captain Cook memorial can be found outside the Royal Whitby Hotel overlooking the sea.
2. Whitby Museum
Set in Pannet Park, the museum is quite large and has a number of sections, including the town’s Whaling history and the mining of Whitby Jet, reputed to be Queen Victoria’s favourite gem stone. The museum also holds a collection of fossils including a gruesome fossilised crocodile. This is a good attraction to visit come rain or shine!
3. Whitby Abbey
The Abbey is set on the headland looking over Whitby. When walking around the ruins an audio tour is available. As well as the Abbey ruins there is a museum displaying finds from the Anglo-Saxon, medieval and Cholmley periods.
4. Whitby Lighthouses
The town of Whitby has a total of four lighthouses, two of which are still in operation, with the other two having been decommissioned some time ago. Whitby’s West Pier Light (Old) is open during the summer months for people to visit. The lighthouses are used as navigational aids at the entrance to the harbour, which means they have red and green lights and not white ones.
5. Whitby Pavilion
First opened in 1880, Whitby Pavilion remains the town’s largest and most popular entertainment venue, it hosts a number of evening events such as music concerts. New to the Pavilion for 2012 is the Cinema, which can now show some of the biggest blockbusters.
6. The Northern Star Steam and Motor Carriage Company
Take a ride through Whitby town on Elizabeth the Steam Bus or Charlotte the Charabanc. Nowhere else in the country can you find a Steam Bus still working full time for a living.
7. Whitby Ghost Walks
Fancy an evening walk with a difference? Take a unique guided tour through the streets and alleyways as you listen to talks of the strange and supernatural. Where you can listen to stories and the backgrounds of Smugglers, Sailors, Shipwrecks, folklore and legend.
8. Whitby Beaches
What would a seaside resort be without beaches? Around Whitby there are several beaches. One of the easiest beaches to get to is Whitby beach and is reachable from the town centre. During the high season donkey rides may be available too!
9. North Yorkshire Moors Railway
For something a bit further out of town why not take a trip on a steam train, visiting many places within the Esk Valley such as Grosmont, Goathland, Newton Dale Halt, Levuisham and Pickering. In total the line is eighteen miles long.
10. Ruswarp Pleasure Boats
Spend some time on the River Esk. The river is quiet and peaceful and offers a unique opportunity to see the wildlife on this, the only migratory salmon river in Yorkshire. The pleasure boats offer traditional wooden rowing boats or for the more adventurous canoes are available.
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