Places of Interest on the North Yorkshire Coast
on a steep wooded inlet of the River Esk is still a working fishing port and a popular tourist centre.
Whitby has been the scene of the first Synod held at Whitby Abbey
of St Hilda; nurtured Caedmon the first English poet; fostered the genius of
Captain James Cook;
inspired the photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe; borne the bravery of the
Scoresby family, the finest whalers of their day. Whitby hosted authors the likes
of Charles Dickens and Bram Stoker who wrote the well known horror story
called Dracula, a tale of the undead. He was inspired by the misty dark damp
nights, cobbled streets casting eyrie shadows of the local fishermen and
characters in Whitby. Whitby offers the
visiting tourist comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation in hotels,
guesthouses or self catering cottages, great eating
out places throughout the year. Book
early for the Whitby Goth weekends in early and late season, the Whitby Regatta as
well as the Easter weekend break and the festive seasons of Christmas and New Year.
is just a short drive from Whitby, Visit the York Minster,
the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. It is over
1000 years old, has overwhelming medieval architecture, breathtaking
stained glass windows, gothic arches and much more. A visit has to be
part of your stay in Yorkshire.
The National Railway Museum,
also in York, England, is the largest railway museum in the World, responsible for the conservation and
interpretation of the British national collection of historical railway vehicles and other artefacts.
York's National Railway Museum contains an unrivalled collection of locomotives, rolling stock, railway equipment,
documents and records,
including the Royal carriages of the past. Whitby bed & breakfast accommodation
is an ideal base for visiting the very busy York being just a short drive on the A64.
is an excellent place for a family holiday, with two sheltered bays
with beaches of golden sands and donkey rides for the children.
Scarboroughs medieval castle and the redeveloped Rotunda Museum,
full of fascinating facts about geology and the ground beneath our
feet, provide an important link to the past. A stroll along the
Dinosaur Coast with its fossils and dinosaur footprints is an
unforgettable experience. The towns award winning parks and gardens
provide a perfect place for a an evening walk or for the more
adventurous, why not take to the waves on a surf board or sail boat
to take in a different view of the dramatic coastline. Whitby bed &
breakfast accommodation is an ideal base for visiting Scarborough.
is a traditional English seaside resort with a friendly
atmosphere, offering restful get away from it all holidays. A fishing
town on the North East coast of England, Filey has enjoyed a
continued reputation of being a seaside resort that welcomes all
visitors, a tradition that goes back to the Victorian days.
If you want a active holiday, take in the beautiful views of Filey Bay
with Filey Brigg to the North and Bempton Cliffs with Flamborough Head a
further down the coast or just quietly relax in very peaceful
surroundings. Filey will meet all you holiday needs.
Whitby bed & breakfast accommodation
is an ideal base for visiting the seaside resort of Filey.
with its beautiful beaches is now the venue for the British Darts Open competition,
two golf courses and the seafront road train takes visitors to all main
attractions which includes the funfairs. Bridlington offers a host for all
weather activities. This famous seaside resort has an irresistible appeal of
all ages. A special Bridlington welcome that is guaranteed to warm anyone's
heart. When in Bridlington why not visit Park Rose pottery, Leisure
World, Bondville miniature village, John Bull World of rock or go sailing on
the beach, take a leisurely stroll along the seafront.
is an ideal base for visiting the seaside resort of Bridlington.
Tourist places to visit in Whitby:
Visitors Centre ... The new
visitor centre has been placed discreetly behind the fine classical
facade of the Cholmley`s House. The Cholmley family acquired Whitby
Abbey and its land after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 and
lived in the Abbeys lodgings and the gatehouse until they built the
Banqueting House, costing the princely sum of 232,000
English pounds. The money for the
development came from a fortune amassed from the local alum industry
and Sir Hugh Cholmleys involvement in building a fortified
harbour wall in the English colony of Tangiers.
Church and the 199 steps ... St
Marys church, on the East Cliff side of Whitby, can be approached by
road or the alternative route is to climb the 199 steps of the Church
Stairs or use the cobbled footpath on its side called Caedmons
Whitby Pannet Park Museum is
an independent museum, home to many fascinating
collections. The Archaeology Collection displays Bronze Age weapons
and Roman lamps amongst other things. The
Captain Cook collection
contains many historically important artefacts that illustrate his
association with Whitby and
events of his voyages (1768-1779).
Market Square ... Dating back to 1640, and the
Town Hall dating from1788, built by Nathaniel Cholmley. This is a
lively place with markets held on Tuesday - Saturday - Sunday. There
is also a farmers market on Thursday where you are able to buy fresh
farming produce. The old cobbled streets stretch from the bottom of
the Abbey Steps along Church Street,
Sandgate (so called because
it leads to and borders on the east sands) to the north along
Was named after Henrietta Cholmley. It is now only a short street in
relation to its former glory of 1787 when upward of 1,000 residents
lived there. A landslip in 1787, and a succession of further landslips
have led to its present length. Here you will find at the northern end
of the street, Fortune's Kipper House
dating from 1872, founded by William Fortune. The kippers are smoked
over oak and beech fires to give their distinctive Whitby Kipper taste
Francis Meadow Sutcliffe
Was an English
pioneering photographic artist whose work presented an enduring record
of life in the seaside town of Whitby and its surrounding areas in the
late Victorian era and early 20th century. You can see and buy many of
his pictures in the shop at The Sutcliffe Gallery, 1 Flowergate,
... Have been working raw jet and welcoming
visitors from around the world since 1860, producing the finest
examples of hand crafted Whitby Jet jewellery. From their jet
workshops, situated in Whitbys historic Church Street, skilled
craftsmen continue to use only the finest quality Whitby jet, gathered
from the local shores.
Whitby Captain Cook Museum ... is in the 17th century house in Grape
Lane, where the young James Cook lodged as an apprentice, working for
John Walker and his brother Henry. The brothers were Quaker ship
owners, engaged in the coal trade between the North-East and London.
It was here Captain Cook trained as a seaman, leading to his days in
the Royal navy and his epic voyages of discovery.
Tourist places to
visit outside of Whitby:
Robin Hoods Bay
The origin of the name is uncertain, and it is
doubtful if Robin Hood was ever in the vicinity. An English ballad and
legend tell a story of Robin Hood encountering French pirates who came
to pillage the fisherman's boats and the northeast coast. The pirates
surrendered and Robin Hood returned the loot to the poor people in the
village that is now called Robin Hood's Bay.
In 1745-1746, Staithes most famous resident, the young James Cook,
born in Marton, worked in Staithes as a grocer's apprentice where he
gained his first passion for the sea. He later moved to nearby Whitby
where he became apprenticed to a local sea faring family and later
joined the Royal Navy.
Pickering is an ancient market town the parish of Ryedale district
of North Yorkshire, England, on the border of the North York Moors
National Park. It sits at the foot of the Moors, overlooking the Vale
of Pickering to the south. According to legend the town was founded by
a certain king Peredurus around 270BC; however the town as it exists
today is of medieval origin.
.... Grosmont is home to the North Yorkshire Moors
Railway's engine shed and the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation
Group's workshop, where the staff and volunteers maintain and restore
the steam and diesel locomotives. You can take the steam train from
Whitby to Grosmont onto Pickering.
Glaisdale is a village close to Whitby, North Yorkshire, England.
It lies on the River Esk, between the villages of Lealholm and Egton
Bridge, 8 miles west of Whitby, and is served by Glaisdale
railway station on the Esk Valley Line of the North Yorkshire Moors
Railway. The village lies on the national hiking trail the Esk Valley
Goathland is a village close to Whitby, North Yorkshire,
England. It is in the North York Moors national park situated due
north of Pickering, off the A169 to Whitby. It is surrounded by
beautiful scenery, and has the advantage of having a station on the
steam-operated North Yorkshire Moors Railway line to Pickering.
Lealholm, sometimes known as Lealholm Bridge, is a small village
in the Glaisdale civil parish of the Borough of Scarborough, in North
Yorkshire, England. It is sited at a crossing point of the River Esk,
in Eskdale which is within the North York Moors National Park. It is 9
miles by road from the nearest town of Whitby.
North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway .... The NYMR carries more passengers than any other heritage railway in the UK and
may be the busiest steam heritage line in the world, carrying around
350,000 passengers in 2009. The 18-mile railway is the second-longest
standard gauge heritage line in the United Kingdom and runs across the
North York Moors from Pickering via Levisham, Newton Dale and
Goathland to Grosmont. It is the middle section of the former Whitby,
Pickering and Malton line which was closed in 1965 as part of the
Beeching cuts. The NYMR is owned by the North York Moors Historical
Railway Trust Ltd (a Charitable Trust and Accredited Museum) and is
operated by its wholly owned subsidiary North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Enterprises Plc. It is mostly operated and staffed by volunteers.
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Jorvik Viking Centre in York
is a town in the borough of
Scarborough in North Yorkshire, England, UK and has been part of many
historic events over its years. Whitby is now a holiday resort and
a busy fishing port, situated 47 miles from York, on the mouth of the River
Esk and spreads up the steep sides of the narrow valley carved out by
the river's course to the East and West of Whitby town. At this point
the coast curves round, so the town ports entrance is due north.
According to the 2001 UK census, Whitby parish had a population of
The earliest recorded name for Whitby
was the Old English Streonshal in 656. Streanaeshalc, Streneshalc,
Streoneshalch, Streoneshalh, Streunes-Alae in Lindissi were recorded
spellings between the 6th and 8th centuries, Prestebi, meaning the
habitation of priests in Old Norse, is a 9th century name. After the
Norman Conquest it was recorded as Hwitebi, Witebi, meaning the white
settlement, in Old Norse in the 12th century, Whitebi in the 13th
century and Qwiteby in the 14th century.
Oswiu or Oswy king of Northumbria, had
been converted to the faith of Christianity, founded a monastery after
defeating Penda, the pagan king of Mercia. Oswiu consecrated his
infant daughter AElflaeda to the service of God. Oswiu granted 12 small
estates for monasteries to be built. One was at Streanaeshealh,
which became known as Whitby Abbey. AElflaeda entered Whitby Abbey as a
pupil and later became abbess. The first abbess, Hild or Hilde was
later venerated as a saint and became St Hilda of
Whitby became a centre of learning and the poetry of Caedmon is an early
example of Anglo-Saxon literature. Whitby Abbey was the leading Royal
nunnery of Deira, and burial-place of its Royal family. The Synod of
Whitby in 664, established the Roman date of Easter in Northumbria at
the expense of the Celtic one.
In 867, Whitby Abbey was destroyed by
Danish Viking raiders who had landed 2 miles from Whitby at Ravens
Hill and attacked the settlement, destroying Whitby Abbey. After the
Norman Conquest of 1066, William de Percy ordered that the monastery
be re-founded in 1078, dedicating it to St Peter and the now St Hilda.
It was in this period that the town gained its current name, Whitby,
meaning "white settlement" in Old Norse language.
In the 18th century Whitby became a
famous centre for shipbuilding, whaling and many a well known name has
been apprenticed in Whitby, such as James Cook who circumnavigated the
world 3 times in ships built in Whitby. Whitby also traded in alum and
Over the centuries, the town has spread
inland and onto the West Cliff, where you now find most of the popular
guest houses and hotels, whilst the East Cliff, the Haggerlythe is
dominated by the ruins of Whitby Abbey and St Mary's Church. Whitby
Abbey is now owned and run by the English Heritage, which restored the
Banqueting House, the House of Sir Hugh Cholmley, for exhibitions and
displays which opened in 2002.
On the West Cliff
there is a statue of Captain James Cook, who served his apprenticeship
in the town, and the whalebone arch, commemorating the once large
whaling industry in Whitby. The whalebone arch is the second such
arch, the original is preserved in Whitby Museum, the Whitby Archives
Heritage Centre in Pannett Park. By the inner harbour there is a
statue commemorating William Scoresby, inventor of the crow's nest,
who came from a great whaling family in the town.
Large fossils have been found in the
area including entire skeletons of pterodactyls. Whitby is known for
its well preserved ammonite fossils, which can be found on the east
seashore or purchased from stalls and souvenir shops in the town.
Three green ammonites are featured on the coat of arms of the Whitby
Town Council. These ammonites are shown with a head carved on, as
snake stones, which were sold as religious souvenirs in memory of
Hilde who became Saint Hilda of Whitby.