Whitby Journals

Staring at the Whalebones

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A travel journal to Whitby by TianjinPaul

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White Horse & Griffin Hotel and Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Gourmet English"

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Whitby is home to renowned fish and chip restaurant The Magpie. It is famed in the north of England as having the best fish and chips in the world. However, when my girlfriend, my father and I visited Whitby, we went against popular opinion and shunned it. We did this for two reasons. First, there was a huge queue of people waiting outside. And, second, we had heard several reports suggesting that whilst it was good, it was perhaps not quite as good as its reputation and also its prices.So, we decided to go in search of alternative lunch arrangement. This proved no easy task as on a busy summer’s afternoon Whitby can be quite crowded. We were thwarted at a couple of nice looking place by l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2012

White Horse & Griffin Hotel and Restaurant
Church Street
Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4BH
+44 (0)1947 8250

Dracula Town

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Whitby Abbey/199 Abbey Steps Photo, Yorkshire, England
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Whitby is well-known for many reasons. There is The Magpie, a restaurant that reputedly serves the best fish and chips in the entire world (although there are several establishments on the east coast of the UK that lay claim to that honor). There is also James Cook who discovered Australia. However, by far and away the feature that lingers longest in the public conscience is Dracula.Part of Bram Stoker’s famous novel is set in Whitby. Dracula is said to arrive in Britain through Whitby. And, the author is thought to have taken a huge amount of inspiration when he stayed in Whitby as he researched and wrote the book. It is easy to see why. The ruined Abbey that sits on the southern bank of ...Read More

The Forgetten Explorer

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Not Forgotten by Everybody Photo, Whitby, England
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It always astounds me how little appreciation and recognition the Yorkshire born explorer Captain James Cook receives. Considering he ‘discovered’ Australia, it baffles me that he seems to go unnoticed. No-one forgets Columbus. In fact, he has a District, a huge university a country and a space shuttle named after him. Similarly, Vasco de Gama even has a football team named after him in Brazil. This always makes me feel a little sorry for Cook. However, in Whitby, where Cook worked as a seaman and later as a captain and where the vessels for his trips to the South Seas were built, this is not the case. Cook is King. And, rightly so.There are plenty of nods to Cook and his amazing achieveme...Read More

Whitby Abbey/199 Abbey Steps

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Attraction | "The more than 39 steps"

Whitby Abbey/199 Abbey Steps Photo, Yorkshire, England
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In two other entries in this journal I have extolled the spooky virtues of Whitby Abbey. It is an absolutely wonderful sight. However, as strange as it might sound, whenever I visit Whitby, I always find walking to the abbey far more entertaining than actually visiting the abbey itself. Why is this the case? Because the abbey stands at the top of a staircase that leads up from the town, contains over 190 steps and offers some of the most breath-taking views in the north of England.The staircase begins in the tiny and cramped streets on the north bank of the harbour. They are slightly twisted and certainly extremely uneven underfoot. Even if the there was nothing to see at the top and the v...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2012

Whitby Abbey/199 Abbey Steps
Abbey Lane
Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4JT
+44(1904)601974

Whitby Abbey/199 Abbey Steps

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Attraction | "Very Spooky"

Whitby Abbey/199 Abbey Steps Photo, Yorkshire, England
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Were I a producer of low-budget horror movies, I would be a massive fan of Whitby. The whole town could easily be used as a dictionary definition of the adjective, 'spooky' – there were many reasons that Bram Stoker chose it as a setting for part of Dracula. The spookiness comes from several sources. The first of these is the narrow cobbled streets that fill with shadows as the sun begins to set. The second is the giant pair of whale bones that sit atop a hill overlooking the harbour. The third is the howling winds that flit across the town even in the height of summer. However, ahead of all of these factors is the town's ancient ruined abbey.Ther fate of the abbey was always a matter of m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2012

Whitby Abbey/199 Abbey Steps
Abbey Lane
Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4JT
+44(1904)601974