Whitby , North Yorkshire
Whitby is an atmospheric seaside resort that is dominated by the beautiful ruins of Whitby Abbey which sits high on the cliff overlooking the town. Whitby is surrounded by the North York Moors National Park and the Yorkshire Heritage Coast. The seaside town is located roughly 10 miles south of the fishing village of Staithes, 5 miles north of Robin Hood’s Bay and 20 miles north of Scarborough.
Whitby Abbey is an English Heritage site that is in a great position with fantastic views overlooking the town and beyond. There is a pay and display car park close to the Abbey, alternatively, you can climb the steep steps (199 in total) from the town up the cliff and past St Mary’s Church with its many gravestones. The entrance fees to the abbey are a little pricey but well worth it. Entry gives access to the wonderful ruins, the interactive museum and an audio guide to fill you in on the history of the Abbey’s ancient ruins and the day to day life of the Monks that once resided there. All in all, it is a great experience…especially to see the stunning views and if you are an architecture enthusiast.
Whitby Light House
Whitby Light House is located south east of Whitby on Ling Hill. The Lighthouse dates back to 1858 when it was designed and built by architect James Walker. There were originally two lighthouses in operation, the current one and one other that was directly aligned so that sailors could see two fixed lights guiding them to the entrance of Whitby Harbour. However, in 1890 a far more efficient light was installed allowing the second light house to be disabled.
The connection between Whitby and Dracula is very real for some, as many people come to Whitby in search of Dracula’s Grave, his final resting place. They forget that he is only a fictional character created by Bram Stoker in his novel that dates back to 1897. However, a connection does exist between Dracula and Whitby as it is where Bram Stoker carried out research for the book and his love for the atmosphere of the town is very evident in the novel.
Whitby is very proud of being the location that Captain Cook trained as a seaman which then led him on to becoming one of the world’s most famous seamen known for his epic voyages and discoveries. Whitby is home of the award winning Captain Cook Memorial Museum, located in the 17th century house in Whitby Harbour where James Cook once Lodged when he was merely an apprentice. The museum offers something for everyone and often holds special exhibitions throughout the year.
For more information about the Captain Cook Memorial Museum please visit www.cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk.
Whitby is also the home of the annual Goth Weekend. The Festival is now in its 19th year and continues to grow in popularity. The organisers originally chose Whitby as the venue due to its connections with the novel Dracula and its dark connotations.
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