Whitby Travel Guide

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Whitby Overview

Whitby is a seaside town and port in the county of North Yorkshire. It is located on the east coast at the mouth of the River Esk; Whitby has an established maritime, mineral and tourist heritage. Its East Cliff is home to the ruins of Whitby Abbey which overlooks the town. The fishing port was developed during the Middle Ages when it supported the herring and whaling fleets, it was also one of the villages where Captain Cook learned seamanship.

Must see sights/attractions include: the statue of Captain James Cook, who sailed from the town, a whalebone arch commemorating the once large whaling industry, the ruins of the abbey, the swing bridge, St Mary’s Church and the two pier lighthouses.

The town is also famous for Whitby Jet - a black mineraloid stone which is the fossilized remains of decaying wood and can befound in the cliffs around Whitby. It has been used since the Bronze Age to make beads and other jewellery.

The town has a wonderfully 'olde worlde' traditional feel to it, unspoilt by typical 'tacky seaside attractions' as many other seaside towns in the North of England.

Did You Know

Whitby was the inspiration for the novel Dracula

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