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Whitby Harbour & Abbey

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Whitby Harbour & Abbey

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Whitby Harbour & Abbey

The sight of Whitby Abbey ruins standing high on the cliff over Whitby Harbour is truly breathtaking, and in one view encapsulates a great deal of English history. The story of the ruined Abbey takes us from the birth of Christianity in England to something much more sinister, a scene in Bram Stoker’s Dracula... The Jaw Bone Arch looks down on the Harbour which was a centre of the whaling trade in the eighteenth century and which made the town so prosperous. It was from this Harbour that Captain Cook set off on his voyages to the South Pacific. The shops crowding in to the narrow streets sell Whitby Jet, the black stone so loved by the Victorians. Oh, and you’ll find some of the best fish and chips in the country here too!


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Captain Cook plotted his course and sailed from here, which changed the future of England and the rest of the world

Della Petch

It depicts everything English that a visitor would expect.
Bernice Smith

Apart from the best fish & chips in th country, it was at the Synod of Whitby that the date for Easter was set. Whitby is probably the largest producer of jet
Andrew Pinder

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I nominate the red pillar box.

Donna Spencer