Whitby is one of Yorkshire's most picturesque coastal fishing towns, with a bustling harbour, narrow cobbled streets, old fishermen's cottages and historic abbey.
This atmospheric place has plenty to offer visitors, whether you choose to experience the traditional seaside charm, or something slightly less conventional like the annual Goth festival.
Whitby is well-known for its connections to Captain James Cook who was an apprentice here and Dracula, as it was St Mary's churchyard which apparently gave Bram Stoker the inspiration for his world-famous novel. There are 199 steps to climb to get up to the church, but if you're fit enough it's well worthwhile. While you're there see the dramatic ruins of St Hilda's Abbey which dominates Whitby's skyline, situated high on the East Cliff there are great views of the maze of narrow streets and alleys that run down to the busy harbour below.
A cottage holiday in Whitby offers the perfect base from which to explore this historic town and the Yorkshire coast. Hop aboard the quite unique steam bus 'Elizabeth'; this old girl makes regular trips around the seaside town. Or you could cruise around the harbour and beyond, in an authentic replica of Captain James Cook's HMS Endeavour; you'll enjoy great views of North Yorkshire's Jurassic coastline.
Just down the coast is the enchanting coastal village of Robin Hood's Bay, previously the haunt of smugglers you'll find narrow cobbled streets and alleyways in a beautiful, picture-postcard setting.
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