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Whitby showing a castle and heritage architecture

Enjoy picturesque clifftop views in the town where Dracula took form and Captain Cook learned his trade.

Built around the River Esk, Whitby is a quaint town with rugged cliffs and scenic beaches. Captain James Cook studied in this quiet fishing commune in the 17th century, before sailing to distant lands.

Among the highlights is Whitby Abbey, whose dramatic gothic ruins inspired 19th-century writer Bram Stoker to write Dracula. Marvel at the tall arches that remain and learn about monastic life through the interactive exhibitions in the Mansion Visitor Centre. The abbey was home to the earliest recognized English poet, Cædmon. Follow in the footsteps of the fictional vampire by climbing the 199 Steps from shore.

Continue pursuing the Dracula theme at the adjacent Church of St. Mary, which was founded in 1110. The eerie hilltop graveyard is a setting in the novel. Admire the mix of styles in the fortress-like church that has views of the city and the river as it enters the North Sea.

Descend the steps to reach the riverside Captain Cook Memorial Museum for another part of Whitby’s fascinating history. Learn about the 18th-century seafarer and his trips to Australia, New Zealand and others parts of the world then unknown to Europeans. Browse the exhibitions in this house where he trained as an apprentice. Read letters he wrote about his experiences.

Cross the central bridge to reach the western side of Whitby, where you will find Pannett Park. This tranquil green space contains the Pannett Art Gallery and the Whitby Museum among the pretty floral displays and woodland patches. Enjoy a picnic under the trees and visit the museum terrace for views of the sea.

The coastal town is just north of the city of Scarborough in the northeastern region of England. It is in the North York Moors National Park in North Yorkshire. Drive about 250 miles (400 kilometers) to reach the town from London, which should take 5 or 6 hours.

Whitby is a small town that helped shape the history of literature and geography in a big way.

Raithwaite Sandsend
Raithwaite Sandsend
4 out of 5
Sandsend Road, North Yorkshire, Whitby, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $299 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 7
Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of West Cliff Beach, North York Moors National Park, and Whitby Beach. Whitby Pavilion and Whitby ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (753 reviews)
Fantastic hotel, location and restaurant
"What an absolute wonderful place to stay. Could not fault the hotel or staff. All excellent. We found out the hotel was closing for NYE. We felt so sorry for the staff and owners but despite the bad news we were still given a first class service and the food was excellent."

Reviewed on Jan. 2, 2021

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The Esplanade Hotel
The Esplanade Hotel
3 out of 5
2 The Esplanade, Whitby, England
The price is CA $121 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in Whitby, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Whitby Beach and Whitby Pavilion. Whitby Harbour and Whitby Abbey are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (556 reviews)
"Friendly staff and verry helpfull ,welcoming nice clean rooms ."

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The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel
3 out of 5
West Cliff, Whitby, England
The price is CA $209 per night from May 21 to May 21
Situated in Whitby, this hotel is steps from West Cliff Beach, Whitby Beach, and Whitby Pavilion. Whitby Harbour and Whitby Abbey are also within 15 minutes. ...
4/5Very Good! (6 reviews)
"Great location and we were lucky enough to get a room that was overlooking the Abbey on the opposite cliff. The outside is weathered as you would expect by the sea though the rooms are modern and well kept."

Reviewed on Oct. 27, 2020

The Royal Hotel
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The new Staincliffe Hotel
The new Staincliffe Hotel
3 out of 5
The Cliff, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, England
Situated in Hartlepool, this vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Seaton Carew Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of North Gare Sands and Monkey Statue. Museum of ...
3.1/5 (98 reviews)
Room 16
"Brilliant view nice bed in a clean warm room easy parking and very friendly staff"

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Baby Moon
Baby Moon
2 out of 5
Redcar Road, Dunsdale, Guisborough, England
Situated in a rural location, this cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Guisborough Priory, Kirkleatham Owl Centre, and Kirkleatham Museum. Cleveland Way is 2.9 mi ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
"We had an amazing time at Babymoon over the last few day. We stayed in a wooden yurt and it was very comfortable for our family of 4. The toilets/showers were spotless and I felt very safe due to the current situation. There was enough space between families which ment you didn’t need to worry about ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 3, 2020

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Pearl Apartment
Pearl Apartment
5 out of 5
Pearl Apartment, 23 Pearl Street, Flat 6, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England
The price is CA $163 per night from May 25 to May 25
Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Saltburn Cliff Lift and Saltburn Valley Country Park. Saltburn Pier and ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
ill be returning
"Great property to spend a couple of days away. this has got some stairs to climb, but is not a problem, well lit and an easy check in."

Reviewed on Oct. 7, 2020

Pearl Apartment
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Sep 25, 2018

If youre having food past 8 the only place to go is the Angel Hotel. The Granby is a quick walk to the harbour and pier walk as well as the local sights of Whitby Abbey, 199 Steps, and church of St. Mary.

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