The monastery that Abbess Hilda founded in 657 for men and women was sacked by Vikings in 870. At the end of the 11th century it was rebuilt as a Benedictine Abbey. The present ruins date mainly from the 13th century rebuilding.
From high on its commanding cliff top, discover why Whitby's dramatic beauty has inspired so many writers, painters and engravers. Whitby Abbey stands over the picturesque fishing town of Whitby - what a vantage point to journey back to England's earliest Christian traditions. Come today and discover the turbulent story of a remarkable site.
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St. Mary's Parish Church
St. Mary's Church is situated on the cliff top, just next to Whitby Abbey. It's oldest parts date from around 1110. From the church's graveyard, one of the best views of the town can be had stretching up the mouth of the Esk to the New Bridge, across town to the grand houses of the West Cliff and all the way up the Coast to the cliffs of Sandsend.
Captain Cook's Memorial Museum
Whitby is perhaps most famous as the home of the explorer Captain James Cook. The Captain Cook Museum is situated on Grape Lane, in the house in which a young James lodged as an apprentice in the 17th century. The Museum houses many maps, paintings and artefacts from his voyages of discovery and is an excellent and informative attraction for the whole family.
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Whitby Museum and Art Gallery
The Pannett Park grounds, museum and gallery were a gift of Whitby Solicitor, Robert Pannett (1834 - 1920), to house his art collection. Among the museum's treasures are fine collections of objects illustrating local history, such as jet jewellery, fossils, model ships and Captain Cook artefacts. An Edwardian/Victorian museum which is over 175 years old and contains over 20 collections.
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Whitby's Pavillion is the venue for most of Whitby's larger musical and theatrical events, as well as Whitby's new Digital Cinema.
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Whitby Golf Club
Whitby Golf Club welcomes members and visitors alike and is an excellent coastal course set on the cliffs about Whitby's expansive beach.
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Whitby has a long and rich fishing history and is still home to many trawlers and smaller fishing vessels. With long piers, secret cliff top spots and sea walls (at Robin Hood's Bay) to fish from, this area is a sea-angler's paradise.
The famous Coast to Coast walk finishes it's route in Robin Hood's Bay, just 5 miles down the coast from Whitby. As well as this, The Cleveland Way footpath runs into and out of Whitby, providing easy access to cliff top walks to Robin Hood's Bay as well as inland. There are plenty of other smaller footpaths to choose from as well as the Cinder Track (disused railway path) which runs from Whitby to Scarborough and is an excellent route for walkers and cyclists of all abilities.
Indoor Swimming Pool and Gym
Whitby Leisure Centre is home to two indoor swimming pools as well as a gym and fitness suite. Any is able to use the facilities and the sports hall can be booked for particular sports such as indoor football.
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A trip to Whitby wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Beach. Running up the coast for 2 miles to Sandsend, Whitby's expansive sandy beach is perfect for a family day by the sea or an evening stroll with a take away meal from one of Whitby's many excellent fish and chip restaurants.