Featured Day Trip: Whitby, April 6th, 2015
Come along to Whitby with Stanley Travel for a day admiring the historic beauty of Whitby, its famous Abbey, working harbour and beautiful cottage-filled landscape.
There are so many things that are synonymous with Whitby and so many of us Northerners hold it dear to our heart.
Why not celebrate Bank Holiday Monday this year (April 6) by coming along with Stanley Travel to check out the home of Captain James Cook?
Of course, you can do all your favourite Whitby activities from sharing your chips with those pesky seagulls, hopping on a speedboat, touring Whitby Abbey and its graveyard or simply sit on the sand and enjoy that sea air!
Whether you’re a fan of history and would love to find out about Whitby’s infamous links to Bram Stoker’s Dracula or want a day out with the family without worries, Whitby is perfect for you!
Fun Facts about Whitby:
- Many interesting fossils have been found in the Whitby area including entire skeletons of pterodactyls. [Source: Thinkypedia]
- Whitby is known for its well preserved ammonite fossils, which can sometimes be found on the seashore, or purchased from any number of stalls or shops in town. [Source: Thinkypedia]
- The name Whitby comes from “whiteby”, which means “the white settlement” in Old Norse. [Source: Thinkypedia]
- Whitby was the site of the Rohilla disaster of 30 October 1914, when the hospital ship Rohilla was sunk (either by running aground, or hitting a mine; accounts differ) within sight of shore just off Whitby. Eighty-five people lost their lives in the disaster; most of them are buried in the churchyard at Whitby. [Source: Thinkypedia]
- The town was awarded “Best Seaside Resort 2006”, by Which? Holiday [Source: Thinkypedia]
- A large portion of Bram Stoker’s famous novel was set in Whitby, describing Dracula’s arrival in Britain on a ship washed ashore in the harbour, and how Lucy watched from the churchyard as the sun set over the nearby headland of Kettleness, but did not know how many steps she climbed to get there. [Source: Thinkypedia]
- Whitby hosts the bi-annual Whitby Gothic Weekend, a festival for members of the Goth subculture. [Source: Thinkypedia]
- Whitby is twinned with: Anchorage, Alaska, United States; Porirua, New Zealand; Stanley, Falkland Islands; Whitby, Ontario, Canada; Nukuʻalofa, Tonga; Kauai County, Hawaii. [Source: Thinkypedia]
If you have visited Whitby with Stanley Travel we’d love to hear your feedback and see photographs at @stanley_travel.