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St Mary's Church

Whitby’s hilltop church is known for its coastal views, varied architectural influences and sacred history, as well as the famous vampire who stalked the cemetery.

St. Mary’s Church in Whitby gained fame in fiction when it appeared in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but the medieval chapel is also notable for its long history and colorful mixture of architectural styles. Climb the 199 steps to reach the church, pause to admire the panoramic views of Whitby’s bay and the North Yorkshire coastline, then head inside for a moment of reflection inside the storied nave.

Witness different eras of history colliding in the architecture and design of the building. The church tower is one of the oldest parts of the current structure, dating back to around 1110, while the rest of the church has been added since. The interior was refurbished in the late 1700s, with extensions added to the porches in the early 19th century.

Experience the peace of the church interior, which is full of furniture and decorative objects from the many centuries of the building’s existence. Look for the unusual church feature of a charcoal stove, as well as two ear trumpets that belonged to a 19th-century vicar’s wife. The nave also houses a three-tiered pulpit, ornately decorated altars and a stained-glass window by Kempe. 

Walk through the peaceful cemetery to see where Bram Stoker set a portion of his novel Dracula. The Dracula Experience offers a haunting tour of Whitby that takes visitors through the famous story using multimedia displays. 

Explore the atmospheric ruins of Whitby Abbey, which are adjacent to the church. Throughout the year, the 13th-century abbey hosts open-air events, such as falconry displays and interactive workshops for children. Take a moment to appreciate the expansive views of the town and coast from this elevated vantage point. 

Walk to St. Mary’s Church from Whitby Station by crossing the river then climbing up the famous 199 steps to reach the church. The walk should take about 10 minutes. The church is open throughout the week, although Sunday mornings are reserved for worship services.


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The Esplanade Hotel

The Esplanade Hotel

2 The Esplanade, Whitby, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Whitby, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Whitby Beach and Whitby Pavilion. Whitby Harbour and Whitby Abbey are also within 15 minutes. Whitby Station is 10 minutes by foot.

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    The Black Horse Inn

    The Black Horse Inn

    91 Church Street, North Yorkshire, Whitby, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby Abbey and Whitby Harbour. Whitby Pavilion and Whitby Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km). Whitby Station is 6 minutes by foot.

      Argyle House
      Argyle House

      Argyle House

      18 Hudson Street, Whitby, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Whitby Pavilion and Whitby Beach. Whitby Harbour and Whitby Abbey are also within 15 minutes. Whitby Station is 11 minutes by foot.

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        White Horse & Griffin

        White Horse & Griffin

        87 Church Street, Whitby, England
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby Abbey and Whitby Harbour. Whitby Pavilion and Whitby Beach are also within 15 minutes. Whitby Station is 5 minutes by foot.

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          YHA Whitby - Hostel

          Abbey House, East Cliff, Whitby, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this hostel is steps away from St Mary's Church and Whitby Abbey. Whitby Harbour and Whitby Pavilion are also within 1 mile (2 km). Whitby Station is 11 minutes by foot.

            Discovery Accommodation
            Discovery Accommodation

            Discovery Accommodation

            11 Silver Street, Whitby, England
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the sea, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Pannett Park, Whitby Beach and Whitby Pavilion. Whitby Harbour and Whitby Abbey are also within 15 minutes. Whitby Station is 8 minutes by foot.

              The Stables at Cross Butts £100
              The Stables at Cross Butts

              The Stables at Cross Butts

              Cross Butts Stable Restaurant, Guisborough Road, Whitby, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the sea, this inn is within 3 miles (5 km) of Whitby Museum, Whitby Beach and Whitby Harbour. Whitby Pavilion and Whitby Abbey are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                The Endeavour £70
                The Endeavour

                The Endeavour

                66 Church Street, Whitby, England
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Whitby, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby Abbey and Whitby Harbour. Whitby Pavilion and Whitby Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km). Whitby Station is 6 minutes by foot.