The ruins of Whitby Abbey, Abbey Lane (tel. 01947/603568; www.english-heritage.org.uk), lie high on the East Cliff, where they are visible from almost anywhere in town. The abbey dates from the 12th century and adjoins the site of a Saxon Monastery that was established in A.D. 657. Caedmon, the first identifiable English-language poet, was a monk here. On this site in A.D. 664, the date for Easter was decided. The abbey is open from Easter to September daily from 10am to 6pm; October daily from 10am to 5pm; and the rest of the year, Thursday to Monday 10am to 4pm. Admission is £5 for adults, £4 for seniors, £2.40 for children 5 to 16, and £12 for a family ticket.
Another religious site is the uniquely designed Church of St. Mary (tel. 01947/603421). Stairs (199 of them) leading to the church begin at the end of Church Street. If you have the stamina to climb them, you can walk through the rather spooky churchyard; it was here that Lucy was taken as Dracula's victim in Bram Stoker's novel. The church itself is an eclectic mix of architectural styles.
Whitby Museum, Pannett Park (tel. 01947/602908; www.whitbymuseum.org.uk), features exhibits that highlight the city's history. Of course, ship models and details of Captain Cook's adventures are essential to the museum, but there are also displays about the archaeology and natural history of the area. The Pannett Art Gallery has a permanent collection featuring paintings by George Weatherill. There are also constantly changing special exhibits. The museum and gallery are open Tuesday to Sunday 9:40am to 4:30pm (last admission at 4pm). Admission to the museum is £3 for adults, £1 for children 5 to 16, and £7 for a family ticket; there is no charge for the gallery.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Grape Lane (tel. 01947/601900; www.cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk), deals more specifically with the life and achievements of the famous explorer James Cook. It is open daily April to October 9:45am to 5pm, daily March 11am to 3pm, and the last two weekends of February 11am to 3pm. Last entry is 30 minutes before closing. Admission is £4 for adults, £3.50 for students and seniors, £3 for children, and £11 for a family ticket.
The Whitby Tourist Information Centre (tel. 01947/602674; www.whitbyonline.co.uk) can give anglers information about fishing along the town's coastline. Fishing is free all along the Whitby shore. If you'd rather go out to sea to reel in a big one, there are boats for hire at points throughout the city. The cost usually includes tackle and bait.
Golfers should visit the Whitby Golf Club, Low Straggleton (tel. 01947/600660; www.whitbygolfclub.co.uk). The 6,134-yard course is open to visiting golfers daily. Raven Hall Hotel Golf Course, Ravenscar (tel. 01723/870353; www.ravenhall.co.uk), is open to nonguests all day, every day. The 9-hole course is well tended and offers panoramic views of the moors and the sea. This is also the best place in the area for tennis.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.