So a couple of weeks ago myself and Adam along with his family went for a lovely weekend in Whitby, a seaside town that had been on my travel bucket list for a long time now. We really lucked out with the weather (although you might not think it from the grey skies in some of these pictures) and got a couple of really amazing sunny days. We did lots of exploring so I thought I’d put together a little guide so you can see what we got up to and take some ideas from if you happen to be heading there too!
Things to see and do
One of the first things we did when we arrived was have a walk around the harbour and down to the pier to get our bearings. There are plenty of little streets to explore with cute independent shops selling all kinds of treats and souvenirs, especially on the streets just below the abbey. As well as getting lost down the windy streets you can always pop into the amusements for a go on the 2p machines!
To get the best views of Whitby be sure to head up the 199 steps to the abbey and take in the gorgeous scenery. With panoramic views of the whole town this is definitely one of the best photo opportunities for some amazing landscape images.
The house we were staying in for the weekend was only about ten minutes away from town and it was a lovely walk along the coast which boasted some amazing views! One of the highlights for me was actually an early morning run along the promenade next to the all the colourful beach huts, although the hill on the way back up was seriously painful!
On one of the days we headed out to Robin Hoods Bay which was about a twenty minute drive away, another lovely seaside town with some super cute cobbled streets to mooch around, little tea rooms and gift shops. If the sun had been out it would have been lovely to sit on the beach, but hey maybe next time!
Things to eat
We didn’t actually do a lot of eating out which is extremelyyyy unlike me, mainly because we ended up having some relaxed evenings with BBQ’s and indoor picnics in the house we were staying in which was really lovely. A couple of recommendations I do have for you though, if you’re grabbing fish and chips (which I suggest you do, it is a seaside tradition) then head straight to Magpie’s! The queue spanning out of the door for both the takeaway and restaurant were enough to convince me of it’s popularity and the twenty minute wait was definitely worth it as they were some seriously good chips, just make sure to watch out for the seagulls!
We had also planned to head to Abbey Wharf, which is a restaurant that looks out over the water for dinner one evening but the heavens decided to open and we didn’t fancy getting caught in it, typical British weather! This is one that we’d definitely visit if we went back though as we heard some really good things about it from friends.
We had such a lovely weekend in Whitby, we did lots of exploring but I also left feeling quite relaxed and well rested, I guess that’s what sea air does to you! I actually had a touch of the holiday blues when we got back home so I’d love to head back at some point and do some of the things we didn’t manage to tick off the list!
Have you visited Whitby before?