Whitby Jet is one of the earliest gem stones used to create artefacts and items of jewellery. It has a cultural heritage that dates back to the early tool making man.
It is the fossilized remains of a tree from the Jurassic period and is only found along a seven and a half mile stretch of the North Yorkshire Coastline centred around Whitby.
The Whitby Gothic Weekend is a twice yearly festival usually held in April and October. Whitby was chosen in part because it features in Bram Stoker’s DRACULA as well as inspiring it.
It has grown into one of the most popular Gothic events in the world attracting Goth’s from all over England as well as the world.
Whitby’s skyline is dominated by the ruins of St Hilda’s Abbey, high on the East Cliff. Below is a maze of alleyways and narrow streets leading to the historic fishing port.
199 steps lead you to the ruins and also to the parish church of St Hilda whose churchyard gave Bram Stoker the inspiration to write his world famous book DRACULA.
Whitby is situated on the Yorkshire Coast close to the resorts of Scarborough, Bridlington, Filey and Flamborough.
Fortune’s Smokehouse and shop is one of Whitby’s most famous attractions and they are both found on the east side of Whitby, located towards the end of a narrow cobbled street known as Henrietta Street, beyond the famous 199 steps.
As you walk towards the smokehouse the aroma of wafting oak wood smoke fills the air and your nose will lead you to the best place in Britain to buy kippers.