• LOCATION 26 | Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites

    New Quay Road

    The Angel Inn across the road is one of the oldest pubs here in Whitby - historically called the Angel Vaults. Today it's a Wetherspoons.

    In the early 1800s this was a popular location for cockfighting, a bloodsport banned in 1835. The building also hosted a famous meeting in 1832 where George Stephenson - the man who developed the first steam-locomotive to carry passengers on a public line - recommended a railway line between Whitby and Pickering.

    The line still exists today and is operated by the North York Moors Railway. You can relive the age of steam journeying to Goathland where the ITV series Heartbeat was filmed.

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