Less than 25 miles and 50 minutes from our self cottages is the historic seaside and harbour town of Whitby.  Famous for being (in part) the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, where Captain James Cook served his apprenticeship, the gemstone jet used in jewellery and Whitby Abbey, which dominates the views of the town.


Whitby Abbey


The Abbey which overlooks the town was founded in 657AD and was rebuilt following numerous Viking raids (albeit about 200 years later).  The Abbey was finally abandoned following Henry the VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries.  Throughout the year the Abbey hosts events  and is lit up in a light display around All Saint’s Day.  For more information about the Abbey and the events it offers, please visit the English Heritage website.  If you are planning on visiting a number of English Heritage properties during your stay with us, it may work out cheaper for you to take out membership, as it may well pay for itself within a week.

To get to the Abbey from the Harbour level you have to cross over an operational swing bridge and then climb “The 199 Steps” (pictured to the right).  You’ll also pass St Mary’s Church and it graveyard, parts of which date back to Saxon times.  There are many stops on the steps up to the Abbey for you to catch your breath, these were originally places for coffin bearers to rest as they took the dead to the graveyard. (There is also car parking at the Abbey).

Fish and Chips in Whitby


A visit to Whitby would not be complete without some fish and chips. THE famous place to go for fish and chips is The Magpie on the harbour front and every time we go to Whitby there is always queue outside come rain or shine.  If queuing isn’t your thing, perhaps consider visiting Mr Chips, just back from the hustle and bustle of the town.  It’s where we go as its dog friendly and the food is good.

The Piers

Both piers in Whitby have listed building status.  You can still walk out to the very end of the North Pier, but the South Pier is inaccesible.  On your way out to the Pier be sure to visit the penny falls in one of the many arcades in the harbour area and stop in at the RNLI museum as well.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a heritage railway that connects the market town of  Pickering with Grosmont in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.  It is possible to get a steam train on some days all the way from Pickering to Whitby though, making a fantastic day out.  If you are visiting the area and up on the moors in particular, you are never far away from the chuff, chuff, chuff of the steam trains and their whistles.


Park and Ride

If you’re not letting the train take the strain from Pickering, there are park and ride facilities at Whitby that will save you the stress of trying to find a parking spot in the town itself.  For more information visit the county council’s website.







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Farndale – the Daffodil Valley

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Rievaulx Terrace and Abbey

Rievaulx Terrace and Abbey

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