Whitby town centre and bustling seafront
Located on the banks of the river Esk, Whitby is an old port town notable for its historic buildings, bustling seafront, modern harbour, and old quarters where fishermen have plied their trade for centuries. The town is associated with Captain James Cook, whose statue stands over the harbour, welcoming visitors to the city.
The town has also been prominently mentioned in Bram Stoker's most famous creation, the novel Dracula. And since this place has been a popular tourist destination for over 100 years, it has seen its fair share of celebrities, including nineteenth century novelists and authors.
What to do while staying here
Whitby is so strongly associated with the sea that one of the first options for visitors would be to undertake a boat ride. You could sign up for a mini cruise and for a few minutes explore the wonders of the sea. A lot of visitors choose special tours that enable them to watch the sunset over the sea from on board the ferry.
Besides cruising on the sea, you could also hire a boat and row it on the river Esk. One of the easiest ways to explore the city is to get aboard the tour bus, which passes through the town's most historic locations.
For those who are interested in the supernatural, there is the option of signing up for a guided walking tour through some of the spooky landmarks in the area, such as the places mentioned in Bram Stoker's book and also locations reputed to be haunted. If you are feeling the need for some leisurely activities, you could visit the museums that Whitby abounds in. A little away from the town centre is a museum dedicated to mining, which carries displays depicting the time when mining was one of the major industries here.
Also, situated right on the harbour is the house where James Cook stayed for a short time, today the location of a museum dedicated to him. The old abbey, situated on a cliff overlooking the sea is also one of the major attractions here.
And once you're done with the day's shopping and sightseeing, and need a break, or you're planning to dine out in the evening, you have a variety of choices, from fish and chips to refreshments served at cosy cafes.
Where should you stay when visiting this seaside town or a holiday ?
Whitby offers a range of options as far as accommodation goes. If you prefer cheap B&B's and cosy guest houses, you could find many of them right at the town centre. Some types of accommodation at Whitby overlook the seafront and piers, while other guest houses are situated amid quiet sylvan gardens and woods.
Many bed and breakfast type accommodations are housed inside old mansions and estate houses, offering the advantages of comfortable stay and the charm of living in a heritage building. People who are travelling with their family prefer the cheap B&B's, which also offer spacious family rooms and ideal location close to the city's major attractions.
If you would prefer accommodation away from the seafront or the town centre, there is the option of taking up family rooms at any bed and breakfast on the Yorkshire moors.