A busy fishing port, the ancient Yorkshire town of Whitby is famous for many different reasons, not least its association with the now legendary Count Dracula, who arrived in the town in Bram Stokers book after his ship was beached.
Indeed, the town now plays host to a quirky and popular Dracula museum that is well worth a visit. The inks with the sea give Whitby a romantic tone, and it transfers to the pretty streets that make up what is still a thriving industrial port, and visitors are often enchanted by the traditional fishing vessels that still ply their trade by day.
The town is also famous for its association with the great explorer Captain James Cook – he was an apprentice at Whitby – and the famous local Whitby Jet stone, and the modern part of the town offers a great range of shops and other facilities. Whitby remains a typical northern English fishing town, and is popular with visitors all year round.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA (01947) 601900
Captain James Cook initially plied his trade from Whitby onboard coal ships. He then joined the Royal Navy and eventually became responsible for the founding of Australia and New Zealand.
Today, the house he shared with seventeen others as an apprentice in Whitby is now a museum dedicated to his life and times.
Windsurfing and Sailing
These two are every poplar pastimes here, due to the ideal location. The Weymouth and Portland sailing society is a large club here and offers sailing courses.