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The Town

The first abbey at Whitby was founded by Oswy, the Christian king of Northumbria, in 657. Viking raiders then destroyed it in 867, and they gave Whitby its name. The current ruins date back to around 1220. Alum was then discovered and Whitby grew in maritime and commercial significance. Shipbuilding became important from the mid-18th century, and whaling was a huge operation. Locally mined Jet became fashionable, favoured by Queen Victoria. Bram Stoker was inspired to write Dracula. Today it's mainly tourism which prevails, along with fishing.


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Curious AboutWhitby is the perfect base for a family holiday with Blue Flag beaches on both sides of the River Esk. On the east side is a sheltered sandy beach and on the west side is a larger sandy beach with colourful beach huts, a children's paddling pool and donkey rides. From its historic harbour galleons still sail, as well as fishing boats, pleasure boats and lifeboats. There are quirky shops to visit, narrow streets to uncover, jewellery made from Jet to be seen in shops which still mine it, kippers to be sampled at shops which still smoke them, 199 steps to climb to an ancient abbey, and a park to explore for those who are curious!
Take our fabulous walks of discovery, and have fun finding answers to clues which tell you more, whilst reading our stories about the most interesting facts.

First Walk
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Lighthouse to Pannett Park

From an early 19th century lighthouse walk along West Pier with its stunning views of the town, bustling harbour traffic and the open sea. Climb up to Captain Cook gazing out to sea, and visit the glory of Whitby Pavilion. Next take a stroll along the promenade before plunging back through a tunnel to the busy harbour restaurants and bars. Finally, escape the bustle of the town to end at Pannett Park with its museum, flowers and delightful walks
(1.5 miles / 2.4 kms).
Second Walk
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Pannett Park to Whitby Abbey

From a charming lily pond in the enchanting Pannett Park you’ll explore an historic train station before surveying the river with its fishing boats, pleasure boats and lobster pots. Next cross a swing bridge to the other side of town, with its myriad of small and quirky shops specialising in Jet. Finally, take the 199 steps up to a glorious church with stunning views, to end at the ruins of the dazzling and iconic Whitby Abbey
(0.75 miles / 1.2 kms).

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