Whitby Abbey –
An English Heritage Site, Whitby Abbey stands overlooking the town with fantastic far-reaching views. As you see the abbey silhouetted by the early morning or evening sky, it’s easy to see how Bram Stoker became inspired to create the setting for Dracula. The abbey used to be occupied by monks, and is now open to the public with audio tours and a gift shop.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum –
The Captain Cook Memorial Museum is one of the most popular attractions in Whitby, giving an insight into the life of Captain James Cook. It details his life as an apprentice in Whitby, and his time at sea making his ‘Voyages of Discovery’, which later led to the founding of both Australia and New Zealand.
Whitby Whale Watching Centre –
One of Whitby’s most iconic landmarks is the Whale Bones structure, which has stood since the mid to late 1800s. The current structure, standing on the coast, was donated by Alaska in 2003. Whales are an important part of Whitby’s history, and the Whitby Whale Watching Centre offers whale-watching boat trips that last for up to four hours.
The Dracula Experience –
Whitby provided Bram Stoker with inspiration for his Dracula novel. The Dracula Experience is an interactive museum detailing the story of Dracula, with special effects and live actors.
The Whitby Lifeboat Museum (RNLI) –
Learn more about the work of the RNLI at the Whitby Lifeboat Museum, which features artefacts and memorabilia related to the service of the lifeboats since 1802.
Crescent Gardens –
Situated close to The Royal, Whitby’s Crescent Gardens are well-maintained, colourful gardens close to which you’ll find a crazy golf course, bumper boats and trampolines for the kids.