Whitby Night Panoramic
Whitby is a seaside town located on the east coast of North Yorkshire. It is a popular town, both with residents of the surrounding area, and with visitors to North Yorkshire; consequently it is a busy town all year round. In this Whitby night panoramic you can see the East Cliff of the town, there lies the impressive ruins of Whitby Abbey; one time home to the earliest known English poet, Caedmon. The monastery was destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, during the English Reformation in the reign of Henry VIII. On the West Cliff can be found the interesting feature of a whalebone arch. Although not the original monument, having had to be replaced in 2002 due to the existing bones having decayed over time; it is the actual jaw bone of a whale. The monument is a reminder of the once thriving whaling industry associated with the town.
It was in Whitby, and the nearby village of Staithes, that the famous explore Captain Cook first gained in interest in seamanship. Cook’s ship the Endeavour was actually built in the town. Whitby also has connections with Bram Stoker’s well known vampire, Count Dracula; with the story having Dracula first coming ashore in Whitby in the guise of a black dog. It is Dracula’s association with the town that has inspired the world famous Goth festival, with Goths meeting in the town in the spring and autumn every year.
With its history and many interesting features, coupled with the many and varied shops and eating places, it is little wonder that Whitby is such bustling town all year round.