Whitby in North Yorkshire dates back to Roman Times; it is a delightful coastal town, and a fishing port which still retains much of its original charm.
Many people will be familiar with this small town through the popular television series Heartbeat. Captain Cook lived in Whitby for around 9 years you can learn a little more about the famous explorer by visiting the Captain Cook Memorial Museum. The museum is housed in the 17th century building where the explorer lodged, with rooms furnished as Cook would have known them. There are collections of maps and various items from his voyages, on display too, well worth a visit.
Above Whitby looking down over the harbour are the ruins of Whitby Abbey, near the Abbey is the Church of St. Mary where services are sometimes held. If you are feeling fit you may want to climb the 199 steps which lead to the church and to get a closer look at the Abbey.
If you enjoy walking there are some excellent walks along the coastline Whitby is part of the Heritage Coast of North East England.
Other activities that might interest you include the Ghost Walks or the Dracula Tour! Another of the town’s claims to fame is that Bram Stoker set his novel Dracula here!
During April and October Gothic weekends are also held in Whitby, if you would like more details on the walks recommended contact www.whitbywalks.com
You might prefer to take a pleasure boat trip or a coastal cruise which are on offer; there are also locomotive excursions which leave Whitby to visit the village of Goathland (known as ‘Aidensfield’ in the TV series) with its old fashioned railway station. You should contact the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for more information on timetables, routes etc. (some of the excursions/trips only operate in the summer season) you should contact the local tourist Office for more information on any that may be of interest to you.
Whitby Museum in Pannett Park is another interesting tourist attraction and where you can see fine collections of jet jewellery and fossils.
Today craftsmen can still be seen working on the black stone which is known as ‘Whitby Jet’.
The harbour separates the east and west sides of the town, the old part has ancient cobbled side streets and narrow alleyways to explore with rather quaint shops to browse around.
Whitby leisure centre gives you the opportunity to have a swim; a little warmer than the sea! If you are on holiday with children they will enjoy themselves here to.
The town and the surrounding area offer a variety of eateries from pubs, seafood restaurants and tea-rooms many serve local produce where you can enjoy good food and ale!
Accommodation choices in and around Whitby consist of hotels, guest houses and cottages, during the main holiday season it is advisable to book in advance of your holiday break.
There are many excellent places to visit and activities to enjoy within easy reach of Whitby. These include visiting Robin Hoods Bay approximately 7 miles from Whitby a small historic fishing village infamous for its smuggling past!
Runswick Bay about 8 miles north is another pretty seaside village which attracts artists as well as water skiers.
Children and adults will enjoy a day out at the theme park and zoo - Flamingo Land which is about a half hour car journey away.
Whitby and the surrounding areas have lots to offer all age groups enabling you to have an enjoyable holiday.