The seaside town of Whitby is nestled into the North Yorkshire coast, its quaint cottages and cobblestone streets surrounding the mouth of the River Esk. You might know it as one of the locations from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the place where the ill-fated ship carrying the famous vampire washed ashore.
The town is always popular with tourists; even on a windy Sunday in February the winding streets were full of people.
Aside from Dracula, Whitby is famous for a few reasons, in particular its best known landmark, the abbey that sits on the cliff overlooking the town, beside the Church of Saint Mary, whose churchyard featured in Stoker’s novel. To reach the abbey, you have to climb the 199 steps or wander up the steep cobbled street that leads to the cliff top.
The town is also home to the Whitby Bookshop, one of my favourite stores; I love the rickety spiral staircase that leads up to the top floor.
If you’re ever in the north of England, take a trip to Whitby: walk along the pier, eat some fish and chips, and climb the 199 steps to the churchyard to enjoy the view along the coastline.