Whitby is a seaside town that offers much more than most! Ever popular, Whitby’s history includes the Abbey, the site of a Synod in 664 AD when after much fractious discussion, the formula for setting the date of Easter was thrashed out. Who knew that setting the date for a moveable feast could be so fraught?
St Mary’s Church, sited at the top of the 199 stairs (not steps) dates from the 1100s and its graveyard was a setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, an off-shoot of which are the mightily popular Goth Weekends held in April and October. Several other regular festivals occur throughout the year, including a 60s weekend, Whitby Regatta, Whitby Folk Week, Musicport, Soul and Jazz weekends and Angling Festivals.
Reputedly the best place in the country to have fish and chips Whitby offers a myriad of different venues for you to try them and a collection of independent shops, cafes and restaurants wait to welcome you.