Just north of Whitby is Sandsend - there is not a lot to see or do here but the beach is very good and it is a pleasant village. There are a few pubs , shops and cafes but not much else - go for a good beach.
Unfortunatly parking is awful - we have driven in and then out again many tines because there was just no where to park. If you are in Whitby and want to go - take the bus.
Authentic old fashioned English tea room!
An English tearoom/cafe. Bothams has been in existance for over 135 years.
Waitress service, (traditional waitress uniforms, black dress/white apron/cap) selection of teas, coffees etc, toasted teacakes, cakes,salads, sandwiches , snacks etc.
Licensed too, with selection of Yorkshire beers, and wines (not Yorkshire!)
Table cloths, swags and curtains etc., lend to the Victorian/Laura Ashley ambience.
Selection of magazines, local books to read while waiting for/ consuming your order.
The tearooms are upstairs, but theres a stenna chair lift for those who can't manage the climb!
Downstairs is the bakers/confectioners shop, where you'll be spoilt for choice!! cakes, buns, biscuits, teas/coffees, hampers are all there to tempt you!
Theres a newer branch on Baxtergate, but Skinner Street is the original...and to my mind the Best!! I enjoyed a pot of Earl Gray tea and toasted teacake, smothered in butter! yummee!!
On my most recent visit I had Earl Gray tea and Yorkshire Brack with Wensleydale Cheese
Yorkshire Brack is a delicious fruit loaf, very moist (the fruit is soaked in tea) I bought a loaf of this in the shop downstairs too!
Theres also a stem ginger brack, which I'll try no doubt on my next visit!!
Captain Cook Trail
Captain James Cook was born in whitby and much of his heritage can still be seen in the north east as part of a set of tourist attractions which run from village to village. Captain Cook lived in Great Ayton, and eventually worked at a shop in staithes an old fishing village (also well worth a visit) *Great Ayton covered in the north yorkshire moors section*. There are many points around the north east coast known as the captain cook trail following his early life. The trail can be found online, and is espeically good for a walker intrested in getting some history in on the way, as the walks are in some beautiful areas.
Captains Cooks famous ship the Endeavour, originated in whitby where Cook eventually moved. The ship sadly never returned to whitby but there is replica now in whitby. You can also visit Captain Cooks house whilst he was in Whitby, as you can in staithes(there is also a small museum at staithes just up from the house). At whitby the captain james cook museum (part of his house) in 2005 won an award for best small visitor attraction in yorkshire. The museum is open march to october daily. There is also whell chair access.
Captain Cook Monument + Whalebone Arch
Located on the West Cliff, within a stones throw of each other is a monument to Captain James Cook, the town's famous explorer (discovered Australia and all that).... don't know when it was erected, and also an Archway made from the jawbones of a deceased Whale - the current ones being donated to the town by the State of Alaska (USA), and unveiled by Miss Alaska sometime around 2002/2003..... the previous whalebones being relocated to the "Whitby Archives & Heritage Centre" to save them from suffering anymore damage from weathering.
St. Mary's Parish Church
One of the most Prominent features on Whitby's East Cliff, and probably known to most as "The Church next to Whitby Abbey" (I'm always forgetting it's proper name!)..... The Church & the Church Yard are located at the top of the 199 Steps, almost right on the very edge of the Cliff.
Apparently the Church is Norman in origin, and regarded as a must see by Architecture & interior design buffs because "Stuart and Georgian alterations to this Norman church have left a mixture of twisted wood columns and maze like 18th century box pews. The 1778 triple-decker pulpit has rather avant-garde decor - ear trumpets used by a Victorian rector's deaf wife".
Not only that, but the view from the Church Yard is jaw dropping.... especially on a clear(ish) summer day with 69ºF+ heat like when I took these accompanying photographs yesterday.