Cobbled lanes and cosy taverns

With its cobbled lanes leading to a handsome harbour, fishing trawlers sailing past lifeboat cruises, and rickety pubs jostling for position alongside lively bars, Whitby is a town of endless charm and surprising contrasts.

A town of two halves

The town is divided in two by the harbour and the River Esk Estuary. The older part of the town, located on the East bank, is a jumble of narrow mediaeval streets, while the newer town is found on the opposite bank.

Haunting tales & great historical figures

Whitby’s rich historic identity reveals itself at every turn. From admiring the ancient Abbey to standing beneath the haunting whale bone arch, or from visiting the annual Goth Weekend to exploring the bustling fish market, your adventure starts here. Why not pay a visit to the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, a handsome 17th Century harbourside house where the great explorer, James Cook, came to serve his apprenticeship in Whitby in the year 1746.

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.