Sitting high above Whitby is the haunting ruins of the ancient atmospheric Abbey. Take on the challenge of Whitby’s 199 steps leading up to the magnificent Benedictine site whilst soaking in the beautiful views over the seaside resort. Delve into the Abbey’s fascinating history at the nearby visitor centre and explore how the iconic landmark has inspired world-renowned literacy tales and become a key religious centre since the creation in 657 AD.
Another delight for historical enthusiasts is learning about the great explorer Captain James Cook who lived in Whitby whilst serving an apprenticeship before embarking on his maiden voyage. Follow in the footsteps of the adventurer and visit the 17th century harbour-side house where he resided which now open to visitors as the Captain Cook Memorial Museum.
Embark on an exciting adventure on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as you travel full steam ahead through the beautiful 24 mile route. Both steam and heritage diesel trains run this iconic route with a selection of exciting and seasonal events. Set off from Whitby’s train station and traverse through the moors to Pickering calling in at picturesque villages such as Grosmont, Goathland and Levisham. Goathland is a must-see for any Harry Potter fan with the station featuring in the first movie as Hogsmeade. Additionally, the village was otherwise known as Aidensfield when featuring in ITV’s drama Heartbeat.
Explore the haunting and spooky side of Whitby and discover how Author Bram Stoker drew inspiration from the town on a visit in 1890 which lead to the creation of the chilling novel ‘Dracula’. There are many tours around Whitby offering a chance to retrace the steps of the iconic vampire and uncover spooky secrets on this haunting walk.
All year round, you’ll find some fantastic events and festivals with something for everyone. Experience the bi-annual Gothic Themed Festival offering live music, incredible outfits all in the spooky backdrop of the Whitby Abbey shadow. Don’t miss the annual Whitby Regatta with incredible fireworks over the harbour, a fun fair and plenty of exciting activities throughout the week in August.