Whitby has always been a great place to visit, and it is easy to see why, with so many fine assets and superb countryside and coastline on all sides. Whitby is well known throughout the UK and many parts of the world for it’s unique ruined Abbey sitting on the cliffs above the town. The Abbey now has a museum and a trip up the famous 199 steps to visit the Abbey and find out more about it’s history is a must for any visitor.
Whitby is also rightly famous as being the one time home of Captain Cook who learned his seamanship in the port and made his famous voyages to Australia and the South Seas in the HMS Endeavour which was built in the town.
Whitby Gothic Weekend is a vibrant celebration of all things gothic when the town is visited by thousands of ‘goths’ dressed in often amazingly inventive and colourful costumes. The town was chosen for this annual event as Bram Stoker wrote his novel Dracula here and parts of the book are set in the town.
The North York Moors Railway now runs steam trains right into Whitby and the railway station is only a stone’s throw from Bagdale. Why not re-live the age of steam and take a trip up the Esk Valley to visit one of the pretty stone villages in the North York Moors National Park?
Goathland is famous for being the location of the fictional Aidensfield from the immensely popular television series ‘Hearbeat’. Danby is a great centre for walks and the location of the National Parks Centre, whilst Rosedale is one of the prettiest and more remote villages on the western side of the park.
The coastline is also well worth exploring, with many pretty fishing villages dotted up and down the coast, including Robin Hood’s Bay to the south and Runswick Bay to the north.