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Visit Whitby

,   Thursday, 26 March 2015
The busy seaside town of Whitby is packed with activities and events for all the family to enjoy. Whether you are looking for the traditional seaside break with amusements, fish and chips, ice cream, donkey rides and fun on the beach or a more historical look at the towns past, with its fishing, whaling and sea faring heritage.                  


The beautiful resort retains the historic charm that has brought millions of visitors to Whitby for decades. Walk along the cobblestone streets to Whitby's famous harbour, passing its rickety old pubs.                

In the 1700s the town became an important whaling port. The two whale bones which form the Cliff Arch (sixteen foot tall) are a reminder of Whitby's whaling history.  

Whitby visitors will find that Whitby possesses two very different claims to fame.

One of Whitby's most famous sons is Captain James Cook, the 18th-century explorer who discovered Australia, began his famous sailing adventures here. If you are interested in Captain Cook, you can pay a visit to the Captain Cook Memorial Museum                   

The other is legendary writer Bram Stoker who first conceived the idea for his classic novel Dracula, while it Whitby. Here you can follow in his footsteps, on a guided walk around Victorian Whitby to see how he gained his inspiration for his classic horror novel.               

Whitby is dominated by the cliff-top ruins of a 13th century Abbey. The Abbey was founded in 657 by St Hilda, destroyed by Vikings and then rebuilt again in 1077. Perched high on a cliff, it's easy to see why the haunting remains of Whitby Abbey were inspiration for Bram Stoker's gothic tale.        

Whitby’s rich historic identity reveals itself at every turn. From admiring the ancient Abbey to standing beneath the haunting whale bone arch, or from visiting the annual Goth Weekend to exploring the bustling fish market.            

The town also has continued fame for its reputation as one of the UK’s primary fishing ports and tourist destinations. It is also the gateway to the magnificent North Yorkshire Moors, which has some of the most stunning scenery in the UK.                    

Whitby's natural beauty is now enhanced by improvements to the town, with modern stylish bars, cafes and restaurants, which have all improved the visitor attractions and atmosphere of Whitby.          

If you looking for a hotel near Whitby, then look no further than Ox Pasture Hall Country House Hotel.                  

Ox Pasture Hall is the widely regarded as the best Scarborough hotel and is just a short drive from Whitby along the A171, which runs parallel to the North Yorkshire coastline, offering a direct route to the centre of Whitby.      

Ox Pasture Hall offers a choice of hotel breaks and getaways for whatever you require. Click here to see the special offers available for you next romantic, relaxing or luxury break on the Yorkshire coast.