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Whitby in general
Whitby in general
Member Name: stargirl88
Whitby in general
Advantages: Great views, 2 beaches, friendly people, brilliant for weekend breaks
Disadvantages: Is very busy almost all year, and the fish market stinks.
I was born and raised in Whitby so naturally this is going to be a positive review, and I will probably rattle on forever so forgive me!
Sadly my family moved away from Whitby when I was 13 but I've been making regular trips back in the last 10 years whenever I can to visit friends and take a little holiday.
Whitby, in my opinion, is one of the best places you could go in the UK for a weekend break with your partner or family.
It has some breathtaking views from the west cliff over the sea and indeed the abbey. It's not a bad view over Whitby from the abbey itself either.
The abbey is on the top of the east cliff, and can be reached on foot via the 199 steps at the end of Church Street. It's a real trek on foot but it's totally worth it when you stop at the top next to St Mary's church and turn around to look over Whitby.
If you're a keen photographer, there's no better place in Whitby to be than the east cliff. The views of the harbour, the piers and the lighthouses are always spectacular, particularly on a sunny day. Then there's the West Cliff that has the old whale jaw bone that is in plain view from the East Cliff. And of course the Abbey is a fantastic place to get some good shots, though I'm sure you have to pay to get in these days.
There are a few places just outside Whitby such as Sandsend, which has a pebbly beach that is pretty large and has a small cliff to the left of it that from certain angles looks like a crocodile's head.
And there's Sleights, where I used to live. A beautiful village with a little old church at the top and a cricket ground, pub and train station at the bottom. It may not seem in when you're actually there, but Sleights is one of the biggest villages in the UK. It may even be the biggest.
There's also Robin Hood's Bay, an ancient little fishing town. It has some awesome views from the top of Bay Bank, which is a huge, very steep and in parts winding bank that leads to the little beach and a lot of little shops and the pub. It is so picturesque and quaint. You'll love it!
Anyway, back to Whitby...
There is no shortage of guest houses and B&B's in Whitby, so providing there's nothing on like Goth Weekend or Folk Week or Regatta, there's usually no need to book.
There's also no shortage of pubs! Everywhere you turn there is a pub and they are more often than not very busy in the evening. So if you're after a boozy night out you're sure to find somewhere without having to traipse all over the town. There are also some good restaurants if food is what you desire and pub grub is not to your taste. There are so many I couldn't possibly list even half of them but are couple of suggestions would be The Magpie café, the world famous fish and chip shop near Whitby beach. I've never actually been myself so I couldn't comment on the food; I just go by word of mouth on that one.
Or there is a fabulous Italian restaurant called Moutrey's which is right next to the Whitby Gazette building. This one I have tried as the owner and chef, Gary has been a friend of the family for nearly 20 years. You may think my opinion is biased but his food is fantastic. I highly recommend Moutrey's if you're a fan of Italian food. You even get to see your food being made as they have an open kitchen.
The main town centre near the train station and the big Co-Op - where you can find the banks, Boyes, Superdrug, and a few other chain stores - is the newer part of the town. You can see a definite difference from this part of Whitby and the likes of Church Street where you will find shops run independently selling things like Whitby jet and jewellery made with Whitby jet. There are shops selling souvenirs and gift wares. And even a shop that sells movie memorabilia.
There is the Whitby Tea Rooms - formerly known as Cook's Galley, and was owned by my father for almost 20 years - which is a great stop for a cup of tea or coffee, and perhaps soup and sandwiches or a piece of cake?
A couple of doors down from the Whitby Tea Rooms is a milkshake bar called Hippy Hippy Shake that looks pretty nice.
And of course there is Justin's! The best chocolate, fudge and toffee maker in the north!!! Although I like to visit Whitby to visit old friends and take in the views and the fresh sea air.... The main reason I go is Justin's chocolate! There are no words to describe it. If you're ever in Whitby, go to Justin's and get some chocolaty goodness!
For those who seek a little culture there are a few festivals that go on in Whitby. To name a couple;
There is the Folk Week which I believe happens once a year and the town is filled with people. There are various folk bands that play and there are the Morris Dancers at the bandstand near Whitby beach. It's really a lot of fun.
Then there is Goth Week. Goth's from all over the country, even the world, literally flock to Whitby to mingle and watch the numerous rock, metal and Goth bands that play in the town. 'The Met' or the Metropole Towers is usually where such things occur. The outfits some of them wear are absolutely fantastic and Whitby really is a sight to behold during Goth week.
Now, aside from the connection to Captain Cook, and aside from the fact Whitby was an old whaling community replaced by a huge fishing trade in more recent times, and aside from the world famous fish and chips - the main thing Whitby is known for is, of course, Bram Stoker's Dracula. It was written in a guest house on Dove Crescent overlooking Whitby harbour, in 1897 and Whitby is famous for it. There is even the Dracula Experience on the front near the fish market. It's brilliant, honestly. My sister and I spent many a Saturday going around it. It's only a small building but what they've done inside is fantastic. There are models of the characters from Dracula, and it's all pitch black in there. And as you go round there is a voice basically telling the story of Dracula.
The whole Dracula craze is probably my favourite thing about Whitby, and the first film I remember watching as a kid was Francis Ford Coppola's take on Bram Stoker's Dracula - starring Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder - and I've been obsessed with it ever since.
I do apologise for my rambling on for so long. It's more a lecture than a review I know, but I love Whitby, and I think you would too if you haven't already been there.
I'm proud to be a "Whitby lass" and I'll continue to go back as often as I can as I still see Whitby as my home.
Summary: Visit Whitby, I know you'll love it as much as I do... nearly!
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