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Welcome to your dog friendly holiday in Whitby

We know your Dog is a very important member of your family. Going on holiday without him just isn't an option . From experience and visitors feedback, we also know search and find dog friendly can be a long, tedious task. We decided to address this flaw for tourists who would like to bring their dog on holiday to Whitby.

Open For Dogs
Owners Welcome naturally!

We know there is a significant number of holiday accommodation here in Whitby where pets are welcome. So we have highlighted a variety just for you. We've also added an array of interesting produce, products, news and much more.

From the comfort of your armchair you can browse, book and plan the perfect break for you and your dog. A fun holiday in Whitby really is at your fingertips.

Explore Whitby Where Dogs Are Welcome.


Whitby Abbey is a ruined Benedictine Abbey sited on the East Cliff, 199 steps above Whitby's beautiful harbour.


Founded in 657, by the Anglo-Saxon King of Northumbria, Oswy (Oswiu) as Streoneshalh (the historical town of Whitby. The King appointed Lady Hilda, Abbess of Hartlepool Abbey, and the  niece of Edwin, the first Christian King of Northumbria, as founding Abbess.

The name Streoneshalh is thought to signify Fort Bay or Tower Bay in reference to a supposed Roman settlement that previously existed on the site.  This contention has never been proven though, and alternative theories have been proposed, such as the name meaning Streona's settlement, a reference to Eadric Streona.  Unlikely though, as Streona died in 1017, so the name Streoneshalalh would have preceded his birth by several hundred years.


The double monastery of the monks and nuns was also home to great Saxon poet Caedmon.  In 664, the abbey was site of the Synod of Whitby, at which King Oswui ruled that the Northumbrian Church would adopt the Roman calculation of Easter and monastic tonsure.

Viking Attack

In 867, Whitby Abbey fell to Viking attack, and was abandoned.  William de Percy ordered that the abbey be refounded in (1078) by Regenfrith (Reinferd), a soldier monk, dedicating it to St. Peter nad St Hilda. Later it became Presteby (meaning the habitation of priests in Old Norse), then Hwytby, next Whiteby (meaning the White Settlement in Old|Norse, probalby from the colour of houses), and finally Whitby.

Henry V111

The second monastery lasted until it was destroyed by Henry V111 in 1540 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.  The abbey buildings fell into ruins and were mined for stone, but remained a prominent landmark for sailors. It was the inspiration for Bram Stokers Dracula and continues to command attention from a world wide audience.

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