Since my lads were young I have been fortunate to have travelled all over the UK. I always fancied Whitby but never quite got there.
The opportunity came up for me and my partner to have a night away and Whitby seemed like a location we both wanted to visit. The travel by car was relatively ok and the traffic seemed acceptable for a Friday lunchtime. The journey took around 2 hours 30 minutes. When we got off the usual motorway stretch we found ourselves surrounded by freshly fallen snow which covered the Yorkshire Moors like a fluffy white blanket. The views here are amazing and so worth stopping to soak up the landscape and get some pictures.
This road can be pretty dangerous so if you are going to stop make sure you use one of the designated resting bays. The snow had sadly disappeared once we arrived in Whitby but I guess that wasn’t too bad as it meant walking for me was going to be much safer. Whitby is a pretty seaside town with little boats places around the harbour. There is a selection of fish and chips shops and quaint cafes dotted about the cobbled somewhat hilly streets. It was also the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and was once the home of Captain Cook. There are lots of traditional pubs in the town but we opted for The Angel on the harbour front which is a Wetherspoons chain. The location, food and decor was perfect. It looks as though it may have recently had a refurb as everything was fresh and modern. We had fish, chips and mushy peas with a drink each which came to under £20. Such value and extremely tasty. Our hotel The Royal was perched on the top of the road overlooking the sea. The view from our room was lovely. The room itself was clean, spacious and great value. We had complimentary chocolate, biscuits and bottled water with enough tea, coffee and milk to have at least 8 to 10 cups of each!
The room had a hairdryer, TV and WiFi. The hotel had 2 bars, a mini bar just off reception and then another in the ballroom. There was nightly entertainment provided (we chose not to stay around for this so can’t comment) there are also places to sit and chat dotted about the hotel which was a nice touch. Breakfast was plentiful with a selection of hot and cold food. We paid £79 for a double room, which included breakfast, complimentary items in room and entertainment it was most definitely worth it. If I had to give negative feedback it would be that the hotel was a little dated but this was probably in keeping with the era in which it was built and that the clientele was mainly elderly couples. This, however, didn’t bother us as we spent most of our time out.
After breakfast we checked out and headed to Whitby Abbey which was visible from our hotel room. The Abbey is part of the English Heritage so beware that on entrance you will be asked to join and also asked to pay a gift aid fee. We just paid the standard fee of around £7.95 each. I love the history of buildings so for me it was very much worth it. It can be a little difficult to walk around the ruins and I would say that it would be extremely difficult if you was using a wheelchair. It did have ramps dotted about but getting from the main building to the Abbey you had to walk across a grassed area and this could present some problems for people with limited mobility. On entry you will be given an audio guide which tells a story about the site.
There are 2 car parks. The first one is a council run car park (no charge in winter months) and another one right near the Abbey. The site is also a YHA so it may be worth checking out the accommodation here.
Whitby is not far from Scarborough and Filey so if you are staying for a few days it may be worth a visit.