Our guide to Whitby holiday cottages
With a place on the national foodie scene and some truly breathtaking landmarks, Whitby has a loyal following of fans. Whitby holidays are popular with those keen to walk the footsteps of the man behind the Dracula stories, to stand on the windswept cliffs and take in panoramic views of the town below, and to experience ‘real’ Yorkshire, and the feel of days gone by.
The lovely thing about Whitby holidays, is that the town’s within easy reach of some of Yorkshire’s favourite days out. That means you can be enjoying the scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors one day, and wandering the gorgeous West Cliff Beach the next.
Whitby Abbey’s one of the UK’s most recognisable landmarks, and it’s the perfect place to stretch your legs with a walk. You’ll be rewarded with the kind of views you’ll never forget when you reach the top of the cliff, and we can’t think of a prettier spot for a picnic during your holiday in Whitby.
Places to visit in Whitby
Part of Whitby’s charm is that it’s not quite like any other destination, so let’s start with one of the quirkier places to visit in Whitby. The Dracula Experience is the perfect starting point for fans of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and it brings the tale to life in all its eerie glory. Perhaps not one for the fainthearted, this attraction uses special effects, live actors and animated scenes to place visitors right in the Whitby of the Dracula stories, and it’s all set in what was once the home of Sir Isaac Newton.
On a brighter note, Whitby Abbey remains one of the region’s most photographed landmarks, and it’s a stunning place to visit in Whitby. The ruins of the abbey sit high on a clifftop, and its gothic architecture has long made the resort a favourite with those with a passion for Dracula stories and the darker side of Yorkshire. The unofficial ‘goth’ capital of Britain, Whitby hosts seasonal events each year that embrace its place in history as the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s famous novel.
Things to do in Whitby
When it comes to things to do in Whitby, there’s something for everyone. For those of you keen to embrace the town’s connections to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Dracula Experience has got to be top of your holiday list. It’s not every day you get to shuffle your way around a terrifying house as the Dracula tale’s brought to life in all its creepy glory! The attraction used a combination of special effects, animations and actors to make the whole experience as nerve-shredding as possible, and we should probably warn you that it’s for those with nerves of steel.
Aaaaaaah, The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of our favourite things to do in Whitby. If there’s a nicer way to take in the scenery of the moors then we’d love to see it, as there’s something so romantic about chugging your way gently through the countryside during a Whitby holiday. The line runs for 24 miles, and you’ll travel in one of its historic carriages.
Now, if you’re something of a foodie then you need to book yourself a holiday in Whitby. With a fast-growing reputation for its impressive restaurants, Whitby’s perfect for those of you who love to dine during your breaks. The Magpie Café remains one of the country’s best-loved seafood restaurants (and takeaways for that matter), and its fans include celebrity chef Mitch Tonks. It’s not uncommon to see a queue for the Magpie stretching round the block, and if you don’t mind getting in line the food’s well worth it.
There’s another Whitby restaurant that’s caught the eye of foodies, and that’s Ditto. With a plethora of glowing reviews, this classy little restaurant has an intimate feel , and its menu showcases the very best of French and Italian cuisine. Expect a plateful of hearty food with strong flavours, and we like the fact that the menu changes with the seasons.