St Mary's Church
The atmospheric interior of St Mary's Church is full of skewed and tilting galleries and box pews. You reach the abbey and the church...
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
This fascinating museum occupies the house of the ship owner with whom Cook began his seafaring career. Highlights include the attic...
Whitby Coastal Cruises
Offers trips around the harbour in the Esk Belle II (£2.50, 20 minutes, daily), as well as longer cruises along the coast to Staithes...
Duke of York
A popular watering hole at the bottom of the Church Stairs, serving great views over the harbour and Timothy Taylor ales.
Humble Pie 'n' Mash
Superb homemade pies with fillings ranging from lamb, leek and rosemary to roast veg and goat's cheese, served in a cosy timber-framed...
Lonely Planet review
There are ruined abbeys and there are picturesque ruined abbeys, and then there's Whitby Abbey, dominating the skyline above the East Cliff like a great Gothic tombstone silhouetted against the sky. Looking as though it was built as an atmospheric film set rather than a monastic establishment, it is hardly surprising that this medieval hulk inspired the Victorian novelist Bram Stoker (who holidayed in Whitby) to make it the setting for Count Dracula's dramatic landfall.
From the end of Church St, which has many shops selling jet jewellery, the 199 steps of Church Stairs will lead you steeply up to Whitby Abbey, passing the equally atmospheric St Mary's Church and its spooky graveyard, a favourite haunt of courting goth couples.