Whitby, a coastal town, on Yorkshire’s east coast is one of the most picturesque and fascinating seaside towns in England. Whitby was an ancient fishing village and is steeped in history and has became a haven for holiday makers and romantics since the Victorian times when the railway arrived in town.
Whitby stands at the mouth of the River Esk and faces north across the sea and is surrounded by open heather-clad moor land in all other directions. The River Esk divides Whitby into two halves and the town has built itself up the narrow valley carved out by the Esk.
The East Cliff (which is sometimes called the Haggerlythe) is dominated by the dramatic and moody ruins of Whitby Abbey and St Mary’s Church. The East Cliff’s red pantiled roofed fishermen’s cottages cling tightly together on the sides of the steep cliff together with the narrow cobbled streets making it one the most beautifully romantic of locations to marry.
The West Cliff developed as a result of the railways coming to Whitby and there are many magnificent Victorian villas together with an impressive Royal Crescent .