Whitby is a beautiful little seaside fishing town and
port perfectly situated on the Heritage Coast of North Yorkshire
in England, surrounded by the breath-taking North Yorkshire Moors.
The town of Whitby has been home to many
over the years, from Vikings to Kings and famous explorers and even a Saint!
In fact two kings and one saint are actually buried in Whitby!
It has long been speculated that there
may have been a Roman garrison fort located at Whitby, it is along the coast
in an ideal location between existing roman signal stations at Goldsbrough
and Ravenscar. Although no evidence has been found to support this theory as
the roman signal station was most likely lost to sea due to coastal erosion
or developed as part of the first Whitby Monastery site.
Streonshal (The Old
Name For Whitby): Streonshal was the first recorded name
for the town (in 656), when King Oswy of Northumbria ruled the land around
King Oswy founded the first abbey at Streonshal, under the
guidance of the abbess Hild (later becoming Saint Hilda) who herself was a
princess, and with help from a lowly cowherder named Caedmon, who through a
vision in a dream became the first recorded English poet.
The Synod of Whitby was a synod at the
request of King Oswy of Northumbria to determine the date of Easter in
England. Held at Whitby Abbey in 664AD The Synod of Whitby was where the
date for Easter for England was decided by the customs of the Roman
Catholics instead of the Ionans. King Oswy died in 670 and is buried in
the grounds of Whitby Abbey.
Captain James Cook RN:
Captain James Cook the great explorer for
the Royal Navy started his naval career at Whitby, working for local ship
owners called John and Henry Walker. There is a statue of Captain Cook
overlooking the sea on Whitby's West Cliff.
Whitby Jet is a minor gemstone comprised
of fossilised wood, which can be polished. Popular for centuries as jewellery,
Whitby Jet was brought to it's height of fashion when Queen Victoria used
Whitby Jet as part of her mourning dress.
Bram Stoker and Dracula:
Bram Stoker was a frequent visitor to
Whitby, he based part of his world famous novel, Dracula, here.
Lastly, let us not forgot that the
best fish and chips are only found in Whitby!
The Whitby Visitor - Your Whitby
Tourism Website: The Whitby Visitor
is proud to give you more information than any other Whitby website to help you get the most out of your
Whitby has everything you need to relax and revive yourself, the swirling
coastline, the rolling North Yorkshire Moors and the bustling town centre
provide you with all the things you could possibly need for a truly
memorable and enjoyable
Why not take in a bit of
history as well as our stunning sea views?
Whitby attracts thousands of
tourists every year from all over the world and all walks of life! Why not
come and see what all the fuss is about - you'll have a fantastic time in
Whitby. We love Whitby and we know that you will too so we designed The
Whitby Visitor with you in
mind to make it as easy as possible to find all of the tourist information
quickly and easily.
Thank you for choosing
Whitby, North Yorkshire
for your holiday.