The ruins of Whitby Abbey are among the most celebrated sights of North Yorkshire. The first monastery here, founded in about 657, became one of the most important religious centres in the Anglo-Saxon world. In 664 it was the setting for the Synod of Whitby, a landmark in the history of the Church in England. The headland is now dominated by the shell of the 13th-century church of the Benedictine abbey founded after the Norman Conquest.
Type of beach
Sand & shingle
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs are restricted to certain areas on this beach.
- Pub nearby
OS grid ref.
NZ 8644 1256
The Museum is in the 17th century house in Grape Lane on Whitby’s harbourside where the young James Cook lodged as apprentice. It was here that Cook trained as a seaman and acquired those maritime skills which led to his epic voyages of discovery.
Every year we mount a new special exhibition on a topic related to Cook and voyages of discovery, and provide other activities for visitors to enjoy.