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Whitby Attractions: What To See And Do When You Stay In Whitby

Mar 25, 2008
The town of Whitby has been established for more than 1,400 years and is found on the north east coast of England. Because of its age, there are plenty of Whitby attractions, which provide you with details of this town and the surrounding areas history.

One of the most popular attractions in this town is Whitby Abbey that is located on a cliff top that provides it with views looking down over the town and its harbour. The abbey itself dates back to the 7th Century when the town was first established and was founded by a Northumbrian Princess called Hilda. Today within the abbey itself, you will find a shrine for St Hilda.

The first abbey that was built on this site was in fact destroyed by a party of Vikings, but it was then rebuilt by the Normans and stands now as a testament to their building skills and is well worth a visit.

Another attraction, which has proved to be extremely popular with visitors to Whitby, is the Captain Cook Memorial Museum. This is housed in a stunning 17th Century House located on the harbour side and is where the world-renowned explorer James Cook stayed whilst serving his apprenticeship back in 1746.

Inside the rooms have been furnished to replicate what the rooms would have looked like whilst James Cook was residing in them. Plus you will find plenty of interesting artefacts, maps and manuscripts that provide details of his voyages. So if you want something to do especially if the weather has turned a little inclement a visit to this museum will keep you entertained.

Along with the Abbey and the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, if you have kids with you then plan a visit to the Whitby Wizard. This is the first science centre museum to be opened in North Yorkshire and was built and is run by Dag Kjelldahl who is originally from Norway. Here both you and the kids can have some fun trying out the various hands on exhibits of which there are nearly a hundred of them that the museum has to offer. It allows you the chance to learn things about not just about yourself but also about the environment in which we live.

However, another one of the Whitby attractions that is proving popular with visitors to the town is the Whitby Ghost Walks. These take place in the evenings and commence at 8.00pm and last for around 75 minutes. During the tour with your host Harry Collett, also known as the Man in Black, you will discover more about the supernatural aspects of the town. Plus you will be told tales by Harry of murder and mystery that will keep you in suspense throughout the whole tour.

When you visit Whitby, you are sure to find plenty of different places to stay to ensure that your visit is a pleasant one. You can choose from small guest houses and bed & breakfasts or the extra features that can be found in larger hotels.
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