Welcome to Whitby

Our picturesque fishing town is renown worldwide for its views in abundance, and lots of quaint old streets to visit. As well as being a working fishing town, famous for its seafood, it has a rich tapestry of history, and is an inspiration in both literature and art. It is also eternally linked to Captain James Cook, who discovered Australia, as his ship, the Endeavour, left from the famous Whitby harbour.

Known for being the inspiration for Dracula, Whitby has many links with the world of literature. Did you know that Cædmon was a lay brother who cared for the animals at the monastery Streonæshalch (now known as Whitby Abbey), and his is the oldest text ever written in English? There are lots of links with other famous authors too – such as Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens. And there are many links with modern day writers too.

Artists from all over the world visit Whitby and the surrounding areas for inspiration in its beautiful scenery.

There are many places to visit in Whitby and the surrounding areas, and we hope our list inspires you to visit them all!

Places to go in whitby

Whitby Abbey 

There are many historical places in Whitby but perhaps none so domineering as the Abbey. Founded in about 657 AD, the ruins sit atop the cliffs, overlooking the sea. It was this view of the ruins of the Abbey that inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula. The Abbey is owned by English Heritage and is open all year round. For details on the Abbey visit https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/whitby-abbey/history-and-stories/history/

Places to go in whitby

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a heritage railway that operates from Pickering to Whitby, running through the outstanding natural beauty of the Yorkshire Moors. The trains are lovingly cared for and operated by dedicated volunteers. The NYMR is famous not just for its scenic views, and beautiful trains, but also its link with Hollywood. The trains stop at the Goathland station, known to Harry Potter fans across the world as “Hogsmeade” station. Tickets on the NYMR enable passengers to hop on and off at the many picturesque villages along the route. To find out more about NYMR visit: https://www.nymr.co.uk