Whitby is packed full of fun-filled delights, and here are some of the highlights:
Whitby Abbey with it's gaunt, imposing remains, recently named Britain's most romantic ruin is set high on a cliff above this Yorkshire seaside town. Founded in 657 by St Hilda, Whitby Abbey has over the years been a bustling settlement, a kings' burial place, the setting for a historic meeting between Celtic and Roman clerics, the home of saints including the poet Caedmon, and inspiration for Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. Discover how over 2,000 years of history make the Abbey one of England's most important archaeological sites. And at the interactive visitor centre your family can view archaeological finds spectacular audio-visual displays.
For lovers of the great outdoors, Whitby neach offers something for everyone. Blue flag waters for those who like a paddle. Fascinating rock pools for those interested in the local marine life. Spectacular cliffs steeped in geological history for the visitng explorers and clean sandy beaches for those who just let to relax in the sunshine and soak up the atmosphere. Chalets are available to hire during the summer months, and a cliff lift offers a quick and convenient trip up and down the cliffs for when there is just too much to carry.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum - This handsome 17thC harbourside house is where the great explorer, James Cook, came to serve his apprenticeship in Whitby in the year 1746. It belonged to Cook's master, the Quaker ship owner, Captain John Walker. When the young Cook was not at sea, he lodged here in the attic with Walker's 'other family' of apprentices. The house is now a museum. It houses a superb collection of original exhibits about Yorkshire's most famous son. See letters in Cook's own hand, original paintings and drawings, ship models and maps, and strange objects from newly discovered lands!
Whitby Dracula Society 1897 - Follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker, on a expertly guided walk around Victorian Whitby, as he gains inspiration for his classic horror novel Dracula. They undertake bespoke walking tours, both day and night at times to suit you and aim to cover all the key sites, of interest to both vampire buffs and the wider public, and they are more than happy to answer any Dracula related questions you may have.
Bramstocker Dracula Experience - The Dracula Experience is a unique tour through the Dracula story and the connection to Whitby. Using animated scenes, electronic special effects and live actors.
What's the best way of travelling to and from Whitby? Well there's only one answer here, via the North Yorkshire Moors Railway! Step back in time with Britain's most popular heritage steam railway. Enjoy stunning scenery along 18 miles of railway through the National Park. Also Pullman dining services operate at evenings and weekends throughout the year. The NYMR was voted Best Visitor Attraction winner 2007 & 2009 by the Moors & Coast Tourism Partnership.