23 August 2016


I’ve been to Whitby so many times before, it’s not far from where I live, but it’s a place I like to go back to again.  Whitby is a seaside town in North Yorkshire and is always popular with tourists due to its maritime history and association with Captain Cook (and also with Dracula).

Places to visit:

Whitby Harbour + Beach

The Harbour is surrounded by lots of little shops, selling everything from donuts to jet.  The black jet is found in the cliffs and was especially popular during the Victorian era. There's also the kipper shop further up the hill and the swing bridge, which is always fun to watch raise up.  We had dinner just across the bridge in Hadley’s Fish restaurant. There’s also the Magpie, which is always popular and Trenchers in the harbour.

199 steps

There are 199 steps leading up to the church and Abbey and once you’ve climbed them you can see over the harbour and the cottages below.

Whitby Abbey (+ church)

Once you've made it up the steps, you can go inside the Abbey (it's run by the English Heritage) and the church is free to visit.  The Abbey was established in the 7th century and is now a grade 1 listed building. Dracula’s grave is said to be in the churchyard.

The Whale Bones

You can't really miss them; the whale bones are huge and are there at the top of the hill.

Boat Ride

We took a boat ride out to sea and although it was a bit of a bumpy ride, you get to see Whitby and the Abbey from a different angle.

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