Whitby

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Whitby

Enjoy picturesque clifftop views in the town where Dracula took form and Captain Cook learned his trade.

Built around the River Esk, Whitby is a quaint town with rugged cliffs and scenic beaches. Captain James Cook studied in this quiet fishing commune in the 17th century, before sailing to distant lands.

Among the highlights is Whitby Abbey, whose dramatic gothic ruins inspired 19th-century writer Bram Stoker to write Dracula. Marvel at the tall arches that remain and learn about monastic life through the interactive exhibitions in the Mansion Visitor Centre. The abbey was home to the earliest recognized English poet, Cædmon. Follow in the footsteps of the fictional vampire by climbing the 199 Steps from shore.

Continue pursuing the Dracula theme at the adjacent Church of St. Mary, which was founded in 1110. The eerie hilltop graveyard is a setting in the novel. Admire the mix of styles in the fortress-like church that has views of the city and the river as it enters the North Sea.

Descend the steps to reach the riverside Captain Cook Memorial Museum for another part of Whitby’s fascinating history. Learn about the 18th-century seafarer and his trips to Australia, New Zealand and others parts of the world then unknown to Europeans. Browse the exhibitions in this house where he trained as an apprentice. Read letters he wrote about his experiences.

Cross the central bridge to reach the western side of Whitby, where you will find Pannett Park. This tranquil green space contains the Pannett Art Gallery and the Whitby Museum among the pretty floral displays and woodland patches. Enjoy a picnic under the trees and visit the museum terrace for views of the sea.

The coastal town is just north of the city of Scarborough in the northeastern region of England. It is in the North York Moors National Park in North Yorkshire. Drive about 250 miles (400 kilometers) to reach the town from London, which should take 5 or 6 hours.

Whitby is a small town that helped shape the history of literature and geography in a big way.

The Dolphin
The Dolphin
3.5 out of 5
Bridge Street, Whitby, England
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The price is AU$176 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Situated in Whitby, this beach inn is within a 10-minute walk of Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby Harbour, and Whitby Abbey. Whitby Pavilion and Whitby Beach ...
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Raithwaite Sandsend
Raithwaite Sandsend
4 out of 5
Sandsend Road, North Yorkshire, Whitby, England
The price is AU$262 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Whitby Golf Club, Whitby Beach, and North York Moors National Park. Whitby Pavilion and Whitby ...
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The Stables Whitby
The Stables Whitby
4 out of 5
Cross Butts Stable Restaurant, Guisborough Road, Whitby, England
The price is AU$223 per night from 28 Nov. to 28 Nov.
Situated by the sea, this inn is within 3 miles (5 km) of North York Moors National Park, Whitby Beach and Whitby Harbour. Whitby Pavilion and Whitby Abbey are ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (137 reviews)
"Great location, room spacious, quiet and clean. Breakfast excellent. Staff not too interested and upstairs bar used to banish you if not eating. Upstairs area shabby too."

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Caedmon's Rest
Caedmon's Rest
3.5 out of 5
111 Church Street, Whitby, England
Situated in Whitby, this golf cottage is within a 5-minute walk of St Mary's Church and Whitby Abbey. Whitby Harbour and Whitby Beach are also within 1 mile ...
4/5 Very Good! (2 reviews)
A cute cottage
"A lovely little cottage over two floors. Centrally located, but unfortunately this means it's a little noisy."

Reviewed on 17 Aug. 2019

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Cairns Cottage
Cairns Cottage
3.5 out of 5
Long Steps Church Street, Whitby, England
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Captain Cook Memorial Museum and Whitby Abbey. Whitby Harbour and Whitby Beach are also within ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Great place to stay
"Nice cottage with lots of little extras, nice and clean, thank you"

Reviewed on 2 Sep. 2019

Cairns Cottage
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Sleepers
3.5 out of 5
15 Railway Cottages Waterstead Lane, Whitby, England
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Whitby Museum, Whitby Harbour and Whitby Beach. Whitby Abbey and Whitby Pavilion are also within ...
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