There is plenty of history surrounding Whitby, it was once the home of the great explorer, Captain Cook, every year it’s home to a pirate festival and not to mention it has some of the best fish and chips this country has to offer. However, no trip to Whitby would be complete without a stop at the awe-inspiring Gothic marvel that is Whitby Abbey. The Abbey was built where a monastery was originally placed in 657 BCE by the king of Northumberland, King Oswy. It wasn’t long before it became a well-known religious monument amongst the Saxons. Now a solitary ruin stands alone but back in its golden age it would have been surrounded by several other monastic buildings. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t impress today though, it’s surrounded by amazing Yorkshire countryside and what is left of it stands tall, dramatically overlooking its grounds. If all that isn’t enough for you then it might interest you to know that its architecture supposedly inspired none other than Bram Stoker’s infamous novel, Dracula.
Anyone that knows their English history knows that Yorkshire played a huge role in the wake of the roses. Perhaps the two most famous players in this ware that spanned generations were Henry VII and Richard III. Henry was for House Lancaster and Richard was of course from the House of York. Richard III is an interesting character; people are still unsure of his character to this day. For those who wish to learn more about this man Middleham Castle is a great place to do. In fact, it was here that he grew up in a time that is since considered to be one of the most crucial points in its history. Originally built in the 12th century, the castle later saw refurbishments and alterations made in the 15th, meaning that even those alterations are around 600 years old. It certainly is a must-see site in Yorkshire and is only made better by the stunning views you’ll get of the beautiful Wensleydale ravine from its viewing platform.
If you are more interested in modern history, then there is still much for you to see here in Yorkshire. Yorkshire was certainly a place of immense importance during the Victorian times, both being a hub of industry as well as a home of new and current style. To learn all about Yorkshire in these times you can visit places like the National Railway Museum and the York Castle Museum, which telly you all about life in York. If, however, you want to see a real piece of Victorian living in Yorkshire then head to Brodsworth Hall. Here you can take a guided tour of this wonderful Victorian house and grounds. You’ll see its incredibly luxurious interiors and enjoy its fantastic gardens all kitted out with a marvellous Victorian style that is quintessentially British. Finish your tour at the Tear Terrace where you can enjoy traditional meal in Yorkshire style.