• LOCATION 14 | Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites

    Low Chubb Hill

    The houses to your right down this street are Victorian. Again, a lot of them are guesthouses now but in 1901 those living here were master mariners and ship owners as well as solicitors and even a wholesale confectioner.

    Staple treats around the turn of the century remain common today: seaside rock, liquorice allsorts, pear drops, chocolate limes and jelly babies. You'll find all of these in Whitby still.

    As the guesthouses suggest, Whitby's main industry today is tourism. With many great places to wine and dine and for its isolated bliss, Whitby receives visitors 52 weeks a year.

    This has roughly been the case since 1997 when the official replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour made her first visit. To see her pristine white sails and dark oak beams cutting into Whitby harbour was an emotional moment for many - mixed with the excitement as her cannons were fired.

    The ship made a number of visits to Whitby in the intervening years but now stays at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

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Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites