Whether you are looking for a delicately cooked lobster or an old-fashioned fish supper, Whitby has an all-star cast of restaurants and fish and chip shops, as well historic and atmospheric pubs - try the Duke of York, which stands at the foot of the 199 steps that lead up to the Abbey.
The town is also well-stocked with boutique stores and independent shops, especially in the medieval Old Town on the eastern bank of the River Esk. Captain James Cook served his apprenticeship in Whitby, and his statue stands on West Cliff, along with the whalebone arch that commemorates the history of whaling from the port. At The Captain Cook Memorial Museum you can learn about the explorer's life here, and if you want to take to the water yourself, there are a number of operators who run boat trips from the harbour.
With literary connections that include Bram Stoker's Dracula, it's no wonder that Whitby has inspired a twice-yearly Goth Festival - you might even come up with a few spooky stories of your own as you tour the atmospheric Abbey ruins high above the town. A few companies offer Dracula and ghost walks through the narrow streets, either by day or night.