Located in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire is the city of Whitby. Settled by humans in the mid-600s Whitby is home to many interesting fossils and evidence of many creatures that date back to prehistoric times. Home to many fossils like the pterodactyl and ammonites Whitby is full of unique treasures.
One of these unique treasures Whitby is known for is the Dracula Museum. In 1897, the famous writer Bram Stoker published his immortal book Dracula. A portion of this now famous book was set in the town of Whitby as being the harbor that Dracula entered Britain through. It is also the setting for several other scenes in the book. The museum reflects the influence of these areas and their relationship to the book. Anyone who is a fan of this gothic piece will want to check it out.
The museum isn't the only thing dedicated to Bram Stoker's immortal book. Visitors can also enjoy the Bram Stoker Dracula Experience. Here parts of the book are brought to life using special effects, sounds, models and of course actors. The cape that Christopher Lee wore in his second Dracula film is also on display.
Being a harbor town means there is many water attractions for families to enjoy. Many different types of people will enjoy the sea angling and wildlife sea watching provided by the Party Pontoons. By chartering one of these pontoons you will be whisked out into the open North Sea. Here you can fish for a fresh dinner. If you aren't that in to fishing but still want to head out, you can sit on the deck and watch the different marine animals. With their flexible hours you can stay out all day or just for a few hours.
There is no better way to see Whitby than by the sea. Here at Whitby you can set sail on a replica of Captain James Cook's ship and enjoy the half our tour around the harbor while seeing the spectacular views and hearing about the daring exploits of Captain Cook himself.
After you've enjoyed a tour of the harbor on a Captain Cook replica visit the monument to the man himself. Captain Cook was not only born in Whitby he also had many of his ships commissioned here. At the Captain Cook Monument you can see a statue of the great Captain. Be sure to read the inscriptions on the base of the statue. You can also see a list of the ships he had commissioned here, their original names and the names they are more commonly known by now.
The sea isn't the only historic thing to see in Whitby. On a cliff just above the town lays the daunting remains of the Whitby Abby. Founded in 657 by St Hilda the Abby was once a busy settlement and even resting place of kings. It was also home to many saints, including St. Caedmon and was said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. This Abby is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in England.
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