Captain Cook Memorial Museum
This award-winning museum is set in the seventeenth-century
house in which the famous explorer James Cook lived as an
apprentice seaman in Whitby. Dedicated to his life and
achievements, exhibits include navigational charts, paintings and
drawings, a scale model of Cook's second ship; HMS Resolution, and
original letters written by Cook himself.
Beyond Whitby Abbey on Ling Hill, Whitby's lighthouse, a white,
hexagonal tower (once one of a pair), was built in 1858 and stands
thirteen metres high. Reached via the flight of steps that lead up
the cliff from the town and then a scenic walk along the headland,
the lighthouse's position offers spectacular coastal views.
Regenerated in 2008, Whitby's public park is a peaceful spot in
which to relax and enjoy a variety of themed ornamental gardens and
floral displays, well-tended lawns and wooded areas. Pannet Park
also houses an art gallery and the superb Whitby Museum.
Victorian novelist Bram Stoker wrote his Gothic vampire novel
'Dracula' whilst staying in Whitby, taking inspiration from many of
the town's sites. A guide available from the Tourist Information
centre provides a fascinating walking trail around Whitby's