Many of the seaside towns in the UK have long and interesting histories, their pasts connected with industries, famous people who lived there, or perhaps even pirates and smugglers. Whitby in North Yorkshire is a bit different though, with its east cliff, and cliff-top churchyard cemented in history as the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It was also the place where explorer Captain Cook set sail on one of his first voyages; not bad for a small town!

Explore the area today, and you will find Whitby Leisure Centre, which has 2 swimming pools, a gym, and facilities for indoor and outdoor sports, such as 5 aside football, badminton, and basketball. Swimming lessons are available, and there’s also a social club for active special needs adults. Outdoor types will also find plenty of opportunities for pier fishing, and chartering boats for a spot of sea fishing. Other things to recommend Whitby, are the mix of traditional cobbled shopping streets, packed with antique shops, craft stores, and tearooms, the English Heritage managed Whitby Abbey, and the variety of beaches on offer. You can head for family friendly beaches, or walk your dog on a secluded bay.

One other thing you get a sense of from researching Whitby, is that real care is taken to ensure pupil make a smooth journey through their school life, starting with early years education, and moving up through primary and secondary schooling. Each school offers a high standard of education, sports activities, after school clubs, and in some cases, special study programmes to equip students for the next stage of their education. Among the schools in this area, is the East Whitby Community Primary School, Caedmon School, which has a student intake aged between 11-14, and Whitby Community College. This college takes in students up to 19 years of age, and also offers varied adult education courses, which operate from the college itself, and in the wider community, covering areas such as the Esk Valley, and Staithes.  Living in Whitby means you have access to schools that look to continuously improve, and work in partnership with other educational organisations to offer the best choice of courses and experiences for students.

Then there is the world of work: If you were entering employment in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, then you could have ended up on a Whitby whaling boat. Whaling was big business then, although today, you will find a variety of more modern industries in the town, and in the county of North Yorkshire as a whole.  Service and tourism sectors are important, while technology, farming, mineral production, and power generation, are also thriving.

Whether you want to get around Whitby, or go further afield for work or pleasure, you should have no problems. There are plenty of taxi services in the town, and bus services including the 93 and 93A which run to Scarborough and Middlesbrough. There is also the Yorkshire Coastliner Service which runs between Leeds and Whitby, with stops in Pickering and York. Whitby also has its own train station, with services running into it from the North (Esk Valley Line to Middlesbrough). Travelling up from the South, you can take the York to Scarborough train, and then a bus connection to Whitby. Finally, road connections are also good in this area, from whichever direction you are travelling in from, and you’ll find some roads are direct routes into the town.

Whitby is a small town, so getting around is easy, and if you choose this destination for a home by the sea, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the surrounding scenery, and its proximity to the bigger North Yorkshire towns of Scarborough, Ravenscar, and Bridlington.