From the old town , 199 steps lead up to the parish church of St. Mary, whose churchyard on Whitby’s East Cliff gave Bram Stoker the inspiration to write his world famous book, Dracula.
The Whitby skyline is dominated by the ruins of St. Hilda’s Abbey, high on the East Cliff. Spreading below in the old town, a maze of alleyways and narrow streets run down to the busy quayside.
The town has produced its own famous sons. Among these are Captain James Cook, the 18th century explorer and voyager who had set sail in the Bark Endeavour from the harbour, the outstanding father and son whaling masters of the Scoresby family and pioneer photographer, Frank Meadow Sutcliffe.
Whitby is a seaside town, port and civil parish in the Borough of Scarborough and English county of North Yorkshire.