Whitby is a seaside town that rests along the North Yorkshire coast at the mouth of the River Esk in the United Kingdom. Whitby visitors will find that Whitby possesses uniquely diverse claims to fame. The well known explorer Captain James Cook began his famous sailing adventures here. Legendary writer Bram Stoker experienced a stroke of genius in Whitby when he first conceived the idea for his classic novel Dracula.
The town also has continued fame for its reputation as one of the UK’s primary fishing ports and tourist destinations.
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Whitby is famous for its fresh seafood and fantastic restaurants. There is also a vibrant nightlife scene around Whitby, with plenty of pubs, cocktail bars and cafe's to keep you well hydrated.
Whitby has a wide variety of restaurants and its not just seafood that is on the menu here. There are Italian, English, Chinese and Indian restaurants along with a couple of trendy Bistro style bars and restaurants. You are sure to find something to suit your taste. Lets not forget, Whitby is well known for its fish and chip restaurants, which many regularly named among the best fish and chips in the UK.
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There are many activities to pass the time during your stay in Whitby
Some of Whitby's most popular attractions include; Whitby Abbey, The Captain Cook Museum, visiting one of the many beaches, visiting nearby local villages and taking a ride on the NYMR railway plus much, much more
There are plenty of things to do with the kids in Whitby, including crabbing, boat trips, amusement arcades and donkey rides.
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Why not plan a day out to visit one of the fantastic villages near to Whitby? You could pop over to Goathland to explore the Mallyan Spout Waterfall, a historic attraction popular in the days of Queen Victoria, or maybe a trip over to Staithes to sample a pint of real ale in one of the traditional pubs. Robin Hoods Bay is a great pace to watch the sunset from the beach with your dog and Runswick Bay has a blue flag beach that should not be missed.
You could pop visit Glaisdale where you’ll find a fantastic place to stay with a swimming pool or you could walk over to Sandsend along the beach from Whitby - just be sure to check the tide before you set off, it’s easy to get caught out! Ruswarp is close by if you fancy a walk along the Esk Valley Way or for the more adventurous there’s a walk to Sleights to see the salmons leap between May and October.
Whitby is a quaint, traditional fishing village on the North Yorkshire Coast. Famed for its connection to Dracula and its author Bram Stoker, Whitby has a long and rich history as a port and fishing town.
There are said to be a network of underground tunnels connecting caves and hiding places for loot, something to look out for on your trip to Whitby. Consistently ranked as one of the best UK seaside resorts, Whitby has a lot offer and it is clear to see why people keep coming back. The town has a contemporary restaurant scene and European café culture, with excellent food, drinks and entertainment available throughout the year.
There is also a wide range of attractions to look out for on your visit to Whitby including excellent walking on the North Yorkshire Moors which are just a stone's throw away by car. There is also the well known North Yorkshire Moors Railway which has numerous events on its steam engines during the holiday season, including Whitby War Weekend, which sees whole villages along the line dress up in authentic 1940s costume to re-enact wartime life.
A trip to Whitby would not be complete without a visit to the historic Whitby Abbey, made famous as a key location in the Dracula tale; the Abbey overlooks the town from the East Cliff. If you’re looking to buy a gift during your stay then Whitby Jet is an excellent local gem stone that is highly regarded for its quality and shine.
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