What I Got Up To With Less Than 24 Hours In Whitby

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Whitby Abbey

One of my closest friends is moving back to Germany next week after 18 years in London *cries* and one of the things she really wanted to do before leaving was to visit Whitby. Being a place where Bram Stoker visited prior to writing Dracula there are a lot of connections within the book. I’ve wanted to visit Whitby ever since school when I first read Dracula so we knew this trip had to happen.

Living in Watford the journey was meant to take about 4-4 and a half hours so we left at 7.15am with the hope of arriving by midday. Sadly due to a junction closure on the M1 we had a 2.5 hour delay just from this, but after over 7 hours driving we made it. Driving to Whitby itself was an experience as there is so much moorland it reminded me of The Woman in Black and I knew it would be pretty creepy at nighttime. The driving was an experience as there were a lot of steep inclines and drops on the roads but we made it to the pub we were staying in for the night.

Whitby Ruins

After a quick change in our room we headed into Whitby centre straight to The Abbey and it was such a beautiful site. The ruins sit on a clifftop overlooking the town itself and despite it being in ruins the condition of certain areas is still really good. Being a national heritage site there was an audio tour but we didn’t bother with this as we only wanted to see the ruins and imagine how Bram Stoker would have felt here.

Next to the Abbey is St Mary’s church and graveyard which is perched literally on the cliff edge, so close as well that about four or five years ago due to erosion on the cliff edge some bones and graves which were buried there actually dropped down the cliff onto the homes below (poor people!) The church itself is pretty unimpressive but for some reason I love wandering around graveyards, there is such a strange feeling of peace in them.


From the cemetery, there are 199 steps down from the cliff edge to the rest of Whitby so after a quick walk we wandered around some of the cute little stores in the town. I could have gone crazy in the shops as they had so many skulls and other ornaments which are totally up my street. I was restrained though and only bought two things and a few books including a version of Dracula that I can re-read.

After a quick pub dinner and a few drinks, we joined onto the original ghost tour of the town. Like most ghost tours the person who ran it was absolutely crazy and the stories ambiguous especially for an agnostic ghost believer. The tour itself was only £5 though and we heard some cool stories, saw some nice buildings and were dropped back at the bottom of the 199 steps. As it was about 930pm and pretty dark by now we knew we had to re-climb the steps, walk through the graveyard and look at the abbey ruins from outside in the blackness.

Neither myself or my friend are real party animals/ heavy drinkers so after our nighttime wonder we went back to our room and ate fudge in bed chatting. Perfect Saturday night! Leaving after breakfast on Sunday morning our journey actually only took about 3 hours 45 minutes which was incredible considering our journey up there.

Have you ever been to Whitby? What did you think of it?

April 6, 2016
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  • No I haven’t but it looks great. Sure you will miss your friend x

  • Wow, these photos are stunning. I love visiting places like this.

  • Bex Smith

    I love Whitby! I haven’t been there for so long now but keep trying to persuade steve x

  • Rosana McPhee

    I’ve never been to Whitby – I would love to go. R

  • Laura

    I absolutely love Whitby, theres always so much to see and do :) xxx

  • Hellznails

    I love Whitby, it’s such a pretty place to wander around and there’s so much history to it. I’m lucky and live less than an hour away from it so we go quite often x

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    So beautiful! I bet it would be a great place to have a wedding ceremony too!

  • Emma Bee

    I have always wanted to go to whitby, but never managed to get there! great photos:)
    i bet its spooky at night!

  • Natasha Mairs

    I have never been to Whitby before, but it sure does look beautiful.

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I’ve never been there but it looks lovely, love the photos.

  • I haven’t ever been to Whitby I have to admit – but it sounds like such a beautiful place. x

  • aw we love Whitby we have been a few times now looks like you had great fun too

  • Beth

    Oh wow. Never visited but looks like such a stunning and beautiful place to visit!

  • Jessica Dearnley

    I love Whitby. It’s one of my favourite places to visit and the scenery is beautiful.

  • Elizabeth

    I’ve never been but I would absolutely love to go there one day. Looks like my kind of place! Sorry to hear about your friend, but yay for trips to Germany to visit her, right? :)

  • I can definitely see how this place inspired Dracula! I’d love to visit this place myself after reading this book, though it might be a little scary!

  • I’ve not been to Whitby but I keep seeing photos of it all over my Instagram – it’s so impressive looking! In fact, so many lovely Yorkshire photos – I think I’d like to plan a trip there at some point. I have to admit, I didn’t actually know about the Dracula connection though!

  • I absolutely love Whitby but I haven’t been since I was about 14! x

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    Whitby is just around the corner from me… well, 30/40 minutes over the moors! I love it for a good day out, look around the niche shops and play on the beach x

  • Oh boy, have I been to Whitby? I’ve been many many times and I love it! It’s such a beautiful seaside town and Yorkshire in general is just full of natural beauty! The Marine hotel also do the best fish and chips in town!!

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  • Laura @dearbearandbeany

    You managed to fit a lot in! I haven’t been to Whitby before, it looks lovely. I think eating fudge in bed sounds perfect, I love love fudge x

  • Little Steps

    No, I’ve never been and I definitely want to visit! I love places and ruins steeped with history, so yes, definitely would love to visit. x

  • Cliona O’Connor

    Whitby sounds pretty lush!!!! Thanks and I love fudge!

  • the abbey is beautiful! i would visit one day as its only a train away and not too far from leeds

  • I have never been to Whitby before but I do love Gothic architecture and Dracula is a fascinating novel too.

  • Jessica

    That’s a fascinating site and I would love to see those incredible ruins. :)

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