The Abbey itself is in ruins, and is where Dracula was shipwrecked in Bram Stoker’s novel. On a hazy day like the first we visited, it is a little bit eerie walking around the impressive shell. Miraculously the sun decided to pay us a visit for a short time, and the Abbey was lit up and it was like a whole new place. Get it? I’m being Dracula. If you look closely you can see me “hiding” in the picture above.I’m also ginger because of a hair dye fiasco trying to dye my hair light brown. I can actually blame a hairdresser for this, as I didn’t do it.If you’re up for it, there is a whoooole lotta steps leading from the top of the hill down into the houses and shops. You can stop and rest on the way down though and enjoy the views. There’s a little harbour that the shops surround, and if you walk along it you will discover ton’s of people running boat tours, and the best bit – it will only cost you a few pounds to be taken out of the harbour and into the ocean for a little bit. These cheaper tours tend to be about half an hour, but you can also look into longer tours and whale watches. We found this little boat covered in toys and decided we wanted to go on a tour with this guy. We weren’t disappointed, we laughed almost the entire time, our guide was great. We were lucky enough to spot some dolphins, I’ve got an eagle eye when it comes to these things, dolphins, birds, parking spots, I can find them all. You can also go on the pirate ship, which we did on another visit. The great thing about taking a boat out, is you get to see the coastline which is really pretty, and Whitby Abbey on the top of the hill. If you want to know more information about visiting the Abbey, head over to their website here. If you want to go visit now, until February you’ll have to go on a weekend. Pop over to the website for pricing and all hours though.
We’ve been to Whitby and Whitby Abbey a few times since I’ve moved to England, but these pictures are from the first time we went two years ago. I think we probably headed to Whitby a couple times that summer as it’s a pretty place to see the ocean, and the shops are all packed in close together and filled with things you wouldn’t find on the high street. The best place to park is right at the top of the hill near the Abbey itself, and you can then decide if you want to walk into town.
Have you ever been to Whitby? What are some of your favourite sea side towns?