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Number 3, Bijou Romantic Retreat, Whitby centreNo. 3, is a stylish one-bedroomed bijou cottage fully renovated in 2019 and perfect for a short break. It’s on a narrow cobbled street, yards off a main shopping street, you can see the famous Whitby Abbey from the front door and the sea from the end of the road. There's a wide range of shops just round the corner to buy milk, bread, newspaper or wine! Stylish cafes, restaurants, & micro brewery a few minutes away. Parking scratchcard included & free wifi.
The Chapter HouseThe Chapter House is a spacious and quirky Grade II listed cottage nestled in the very heart of Whitby. This peacful, central location is ideal for families and friends to use as a base to explore all that Whitby has to offer. The house started life in 1891 as a church Vestry and retains much of its original character. Beyond the Gothic stained glass windows, the Chapter house has all the modern amentities of a holiday hideaway.
Beautiful 2-bedroom Cottage on Working FarmThe Den is a beautifully decorated terraced cottage on a working farm, in the village of High Hawsker between Whitby and the beautiful Robin Hood's Bay. The quaint village of Hawsker is a perfect spot for people wishing to enjoy the natural beauty of the North York Moors, the stunning Yorkshire coastline and the Cinder Track which runs from Hawsker down to Robin Hood's Bay. Also perfect for exploring the bustling fishing town of Whitby which is just a couple of miles down the road.
Gothic charm abounds in this north Yorkshire fishing port — so much so that Bram Stoker set the final scene of Dracula here. With its abbey ruins, narrow cobbled streets, and spectacular cliffs, it’s no wonder Whitby has inspired so many ghost stories. Clinging to the coast between the North Yorkshire moors and the North Sea, just north of Scarborough, the town combines quaint 18th-century charm with rugged tenacity; its maritime history includes whaling and even exploring (there’s a monument to Captain Cook, who began his career here). There’s an old-world feel to Whitby’s seaside, a world of donkey rides, sandcastles, and fish and chips. And at the end of the day, it’s a great place from which to explore England’s wildest coast.
Car is by far the easiest way to get to Whitby, which is a two-hour drive from the nearest major city, Leeds. The closest airports are Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA), Teesside International Airport (MME), and Newcastle International Airport (NCL), although London and Edinburgh will offer more connections. There is a station in town, but you’ll need to be prepared to change trains, wherever you’re coming from. The Coastliner bus runs up and down the Yorkshire coast and offers fantastic views from the window. However you arrive, don’t miss the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, whose steam locomotives offer a delightful journey through the Esk River Valley.
Watch out for the winds on the North Yorkshire coast — they’re liable to blow you around a bit. It’s worth packing plenty of warm gear, no matter the season. Layers, light coats, and a waterproof jacket or poncho are essential, especially if you’re planning on doing some walking: It rains here just as much in the summer as it does in the winter, and sometimes more. Temperatures climb to an average high of 62 degrees Fahrenheit in July and August and drop to an average low of 42 degrees in January and February. April and May tend to be the driest months.
These haunting Gothic ruins date back to the 7th century, and the abbey was operational until Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries, 900 years later. Come for the creep factor (the abbey is said to be haunted), but stay for the sweeping views of the majestic North Sea.
A three-hour scenic walk from Whitby takes you along a stunning section of the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast and deposits you in a picturesque fishing village packed with colorful pubs and cafes, as well as a dog-friendly beach. Explore the beach’s many rock pools — you might come across an ancient fossil if you’re lucky.
This 12th-century parish church, situated high upon a cliff overlooking the mouth of the River Esk, is interesting enough, but it’s the stairs up to its graveyard that are the must-visit. They’re the 199 steps made famous at the denouement of Dracula: the vampire himself ran up them in the shape of a black dog.