Things to do in Whitby

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Whitby Tourist Attractions & Activities

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1. Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey is a set of gothic clifftop ruins that inspired the literary legend of Dracula. In addition to its ecclesiastical role, the monastery served for centuries as a landmark for sailors and inspiration for writer Bram Stoker. Enjoy a picnic on a grassy patch nearby and amble through the ruins to get a sense of the abbey’s history.
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Unravel the story behind Dracula in this dramatic 13th-century monastery and enjoy its intricate carvings, fascinating stories and spectacular coastal views.

2. Robin Hood's Bay Beach

Robin Hood’s Bay Beach is a charming sandy opening on the eastern side of a small fishing village. The picturesque beach lies at the foot of the quaint hilly streets of its namesake village and is a part of the North York Moors National Park. Enjoy the steep walk down to the beach via narrow alleys from the summit of the village.
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Explore the rugged coastline and beach of this quirky coastal village where smugglers hid contraband using a network of tunnels.

3. Whitby Pavilion

Whitby Pavilion is a one-stop venue for entertainment set on Whitby’s seafront. Established in 1878, it features an auditorium with a proscenium arch and 380 seats, which can be removed to create a traditional dance hall. Whitby Pavilion also has a cinema, exhibition hall and splendid views of Whitby Beach.
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Overlooking Whitby Bay is a Victorian-era theater that hosts a range of concerts, movie screenings, plays and festivals.

4. Whitby Golf Club

The crash of North Sea waves accompanies the distinctive thwack of golf balls at the Whitby Golf Club, perched on a clifftop above the water at the gateway to the North York moors. As good a cliffside walk as there is, the 18-hole course is punctuated with unique challenges. The capricious wind may unexpectedly change directions in the middle of a game. Come prepared for an exciting round of golf, followed by a relaxing drink at the clubhouse at the end of the game.
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Challenging, varied terrain, a welcoming community and stunning clifftop views provide a memorable and exciting day of golf on the Yorkshire coast.

5. St Mary's Church

St. Mary’s Church in Whitby gained fame in fiction when it appeared in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but the medieval chapel is also notable for its long history and colorful mixture of architectural styles. Climb the 199 steps to reach the church, pause to admire the panoramic views of Whitby’s bay and the North Yorkshire coastline, then head inside for a moment of reflection inside the storied nave.
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Whitby’s hilltop church is known for its coastal views, varied architectural influences and sacred history, as well as the famous vampire who stalked the cemetery.

6. Pannett Park

Stroll through Pannett Park for unbeatable views of the town of Whitby and its famous, cinematic abbey. Stay here for longer, however, to discover the numerous delights of the park, including a fossil garden, an art gallery and the town’s main museum. The park offers numerous scenic spots, where you can relax in between visiting its impressive attractions.
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Sample the best of Whitby in a park that features stunning gardens, views of the town, a fascinating museum and a popular gallery. 

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