The name Dracula was conceived here perhaps, but it is a fact that Bram Stoker was inspired to use Whitby as the setting of part of his world-famous novel Dracula that makes you wonder … what is in this town.

When Bram Stoker looked over the view of Whitby from atop a hill, he saw before him the setting he would use for the entrance to England of his most famous creation: Dracula. – Atlas Obscura

Whitby’s 199 Steps

Whitby Abbey

St. Mary’s Churchyard
Whitby Shores
Coastal view from Whitby Abbey

“….. the name of his villain and some of the novel’s most dramatic scenes were inspired by his holiday in Whitby. ” https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/whitby-abbey/history-and-stories/dracula/

Today the the town is simply picturesque. It is popular to have one of the best fish and chips in England as well as the breaded scampi.

If you are a fan of the group Simply Red, Whitby is where they filmed the video of their song Holding back the years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG07WSu7Q9w

In the 18th and 19th centuries the whaling industry was thriving in the seaside town of Whitby in North Yorkshire. Dozens of ships braved the Arctic seas off Greenland to hunt these elusive leviathans for their lucrative whale oil. Many of the crews never came back.
To recognize this tradition and the town’s important whaling history, a whale bone arch was erected on Whitby’s West Cliff in 1853.
Crab Cages
If you are interested in jewelry you might want to visit this site that tells the history of Whitby Jet.

Although it is not always guaranteed but sunset is beautiful to be watched at Whitby.
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The Whitby Swing Bridge is over 100 years old.

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