Whitby is a town in North Yorkshire, England, on the east coast of the Yorkshire Moors. Above the town, sits Whitby Abbey, overlooking the harbour. The town became established as early as the 6th century AD and had a monastery built by St Hilda in 657. The abbey was destroyed by the Danes in 867 but later rebuilt. The town prospered during the Middle Ages as a centre for fishing and shipbuilding and was granted borough status in 1253. During this time, many seafarers passed through Whitby on their way to conquer new lands overseas. The most famous of these is Captain James Cook who sailed from Whitby on his first voyage of discovery in 1768. These days, Whitby is a popular tourist destination with its quaint old town, pretty harbour and stunning coastline. It’s easy to see why visitors flock to Whitby year-on-year!