Whitby has some of the most amazing scenery in the UK. Rather than give a lengthy introduction to this post, I’ll let the pictures do the talking; here are 10 stunning photographs of Whitby.
North Yorkshire has a wealth of history throughout the region, with everything from country mansions owned by aristocracy to centuries old abbey ruins that barely survived the dissolution in the 16th century.
If you’re on holiday in North Yorkshire, make sure you visit at least one of these magnificent properties for an unforgettable day out.
1. Whitby Abbey
Photo credit: Flickr – Anosmia
Established in 657 AD, Whitby Abbey is arguably the jewel in the crown of North Yorkshire’s historic properties, and a must see if you are staying in Whitby. Although now in ruins following Henry VIII’s dissolution of the church and a heavy bombardment from German warships in the First World War, the site has fascinating history brought to life through the work of English Heritage. For the best experience, hire an audio tour and take your time around the information boards.
It can take a while to reach the abbey from the town centre if you are on foot (there are 200 steps up to the visitor centre) but if you are driving the car park is right next to the entrance. The abbey also has well kept lawns perfect for a picnic.
2. Nunnington Hall
Photo credit: Flickr – alh1
Located one and a half miles north of Malton, Nunnington Hall is a magnificent country house built in the 16th century. The house underwent significant restoration in the 1920s but still contains period features, making it a must see for fans of Tudor homes. Each room has it’s own personality, be it from the oak paneled entrance hall to Colonel Fife’s eclectic bedroom, and the garden is a work of art in itself.
3. Scarborough Castle
Photo credit: Flickr – Gidzy
Another English Heritage owned property, Scarborough Castle is over 2500 years old and offers dramatic views of the North Sea coastline at any time of year. Originally Scarborough Castle was a mediaeval castle used by royalty and government for accommodation, but by the 16th century it was a military stronghold and was the site of many fierce battles. Similar to Whitby Abbey, the castle is now in ruins and suffered greatly during the first world war, when it was bombarded with upwards of 500 shells.
There are regular activities at Scarborough Castle, so it is well worth checking the website to see what’s going on.
4. Rievaulx Abbey
Photo credit: Flickr – Jordanhill School D&T Dept
Found near the popular town of Helmsley, Rievaulx Abbey is a 12th century monastry that is in one of the most complete conditions of any abbey in Britain. Spend some time walking around the fascinating grounds and picturing how life for the monks would have been. The abbey is also home to an excellent café offering refreshments and home made cakes.
5. Castle Howard
Photo credit: Flickr – Paul Stephenson
Castle Howard, while a good hour’s drive from Whitby, is a must see for all. Named as one of Lonely Planets’ ‘1000 ultimate sights’ it has a substantial mansion building and enormous gardens for visitors to roam. The property is used regularly as a location for films and TV programmes, most recently for the Brideshead Revisited movie, and has an enviable heritage matched by few other country houses.
Owned by the Howard family for the last 300 years, the building has been undergoing significant restorating in recent years to bring it back to it’s best and makes a great day out all year round.
Castle Howard’s grounds are often used for events, so it is worthwhile checking if there is anything happening on the date you plan to visit.
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For the first time in over 60 years, the Olympics are returning to London for what promises to be one of the most memorable and exciting Games ever held.
The vast majority of events are being held in London (none of the events will be staged in Yorkshire, although several national teams are stationed here) but Whitby, Pickering and Scarborough will all be graced by the Olympic Torch during it’s 70 day, 8,000 mile journey around the country.
With just two days to go until the Olympic Torch begins it’s travels, here is a run down of the path it will take throughout the North Yorkshire Moors and coastline, complete with browsable maps for you to explore the area.
Whitby Olympic Torch Route
The torch will arrive at approximately 9.40 on Monday 18th June from Sandsend, where it will travel to Upgang Lane, Chubb Hill Road, Langbourne Road and to Whitby train station.
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Pickering Olympic Torch Route
The torch will then head to Pickering via the historic North Yorkshire Moors steam railway, arriving at the station at 11.44. It will be taken up Park Street, then Hungate, followed by Eastgate, before reaching Thornton Road and the Thornton Road Industrial Estate.
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Scarborough Olympic Torch Route
The torch will head from Pickering to Scarborough, where it will arrive at around 12.28. The route will take it up Columbus Ravine, Peasholme Gap, then onto the North Bay Promenade and past the Open Air Theatre.
The torch will then head onto Burniston Road, back onto Peasholme Gap, followed by Royal Albert Drive, the famous Marine Drive, then Sandside, Foreshore Road, Valley Road, Ramshill Road and finally from Filey Road onto Queen Margarets Road, where it will head south east to Filey.
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Last November’s Malton Food Lovers Festival was a huge success with hundreds descending on the market town to sample the delights of some of Yorkshire’s finest local produce.
The good news is that from 9am on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May the festival is back and better than ever!
The most notable addition to the festival is the introduction of the cookery theatre for chef demonstrations. The culinary legend himself Antonio Carluccio will be opening the demonstration kitchen with a special pork dish, and he’ll be followed by Rob Green (Green’s of Whitby), Great British Menu veteran Stephanie Moon and renowned writers Tom Parker-Bowles and Matthew Fort.
On Sunday, the line up is just as impressive, with the Star Inn’s Andrew Pern taking to the stage and more talented local chefs whipping up some seriously delicious dishes that are guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling.
There’s enough going on at the event to really make a day of it; street food vendors will be lining market square, offering everything from locally bred pork sausages to Yorkshire venison burgers. A beer, wine and cider tent will be set up and feature a a range of beers from local breweries which aren’t available nationwide. There will even be a unique beer brewed especially for the festival weekend!
The jewel in the crown, however, is that over 100 producer stalls are expected to set up at the festival and you can find some of Yorkshire’s finest meat, bread, cakes, jams chutneys and even Yorkshire grown chillis!
One change to the format this year is that there is a small admission fee of £5, reduced to £4 if bought online in advance. With entry you’ll get a festival programme and an eco friendly shopping bag to put all your foodie purchases in, as well as unlimited access to the stalls, cookery theatres and masterclass. And if you’ve got any kids under 16, they get in for free.
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It only seems like two minutes since the last bank holiday (well, it was only a couple of weeks ago…) but the next long weekend is just around the corner, which is the perfect excuse to escape for a weekend cottage break in Whitby. What’s on in Whitby this weekend?
North Yorkshire Moors Railway Spring Gala
One of the most popular events this weekend will be the NYMR Spring Gala. Trains will be departing hourly from Pickering, Levisham, Lewton Dale Halt, Goathland, Grosmont and Whitby from 9am until the evening. Even if you’re not a bona-fide trainspotter, if the weather’s nice a trip on the NYMR railway is a therapeutic way to spend your May Day weekend. You can find full details, including a list of the trains on display, visit on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway website.
Whitby Antique and Collector’s Fair
On Bank Holiday Monday (7th), Danby Village Hall are holding an antique and collectors fair. Admission is just 50p with refreshments available throughout the day and all funds raised going to local charities.
Scarborough Vintage Fair
If you’re staying further out of Whitby towards Scarborough, head to the vintage fair being held at the Spa. Admission is only £2 and the event is open from 9am – 5pm.
Scarborough Bowls Festival
Bowls might not be to everyone’s taste, but why not give it a try at the UK’s only indoor and outdoor bowls centre. At just £2.50 an hour for adults and £1.50 for children, it’s a cheap and fun activity that’s a bit different from the usual. Visit www.scarboroughbowlscentre.co.uk for full details of the event.
Titanic Centenary Exhibition
It’s well known that 2012 is the centenary of the Titanic ship’s maiden voyage over the Atlantic. The Scarborough Maritime Centre is holding a special exhibition honouring the vessel and entry is free. Pop into the centre, located on Eastborough (behind Harry Ramsdens on Foreshore Road)
If any of these events take your fancy, Cottages Whitby have a hold range of properties available on a last minute basis this weekend. Take a look now!
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If you’re in Whitby this Easter, there’s lots of things going on. Whether you’re visiting Whitby for a getaway weekend with your significant other or are taking the kids on their Easter break holiday, you’re sure to find something to do.
Whitby Abbey Easter Egg Hunt
English Heritage, the organisation that manage Whitby Abbey, are running their annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Abbey anytime from 10am to 6pm from Friday 6th April to Monday 9th April (although we’d recommend you don’t leave it too late). It’s a great way to spend some time with your kids and will keep them entertained! Entry is £3.70 for children up to 15 and £6.30 for adults. After you’ve hunted out all the eggs, why not go for a walk around the historic Abbey and enjoy learning about its fascinating past.
Castle Howard Easter Fair
If you fancy a trip inland during your holiday in Whitby, head to Castle Howard in York anytime over the Easter weekend where you can enjoy their traditional Easter fair. Take the kids on the Easter trail and you’ll be able to enjoy the stunning grounds while keeping an eye out for Molly the Rabbit and her friend Rapaelle! Afterwards jump in a horse and cart to the fair where you can tuck into an ice cream and go for a spin on one of the rides. For a family of four the entry fee is £23.00, which might seem a little steep, but if you haven’t been to Castle Howard before, the breathtaking grounds really are worth the price tag. Make sure you take a camera with you!
The Old Coastguard Station Easter Egg Hunt, Robin Hood’s Bay
Robin Hood’s Bay is one of the jewels in North Yorkshire’s crown. A former fishing village, it is now hugely popular with tourists and home to numerous fantastic souvenir shops and eateries. Head to the Old Coastguard Station for a fun Easter egg hunt then head for a bite to eat at one of the fish and chip shops (if you’ve got any room left after all the chocolate!). Entry is just £1.50 and the event runs from Saturday 7th April to Monday 9th April.
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This is an easy to moderate walk that takes you through fields, footpaths and woods around Kirkbymoorside and Kirkdale that is a great way to spend a morning while at one of our Whitby holiday cottages.
This walk is a slightly modified version of the one on the North Yorkshire County Council website; this one is slightly shorter and takes you right alongside the beautiful St Gregory’s Minster.
Parts of the route can get very muddy when wet, so boots are recommended for this trail.
1. Start off at Market Place in Pickering. If you’re arriving by car, you should be able to park for free at the side of the road. Head north west to the top of the high street, past the pubs and shops on your left. At the top, follow the road round to the left down the slope. After a hundred yards or so, you’ll reach Manor Close. As you turn onto Manor Close you’ll notice Back Lane, a footpath between two of the houses. Head up back lane and take the first left onto the footpath just before the bench. Continue along the footpath and it will bring you to West Pasture. Walk along West Pasture until the road slopes downhill to the left. You’ll see a footpath and stile between two of the bungalows into a field. Head into the first field.
2. These fields can get very muddy and slippy when it has rained, so take care. This route will take you in a south Westerly direction across the next five fields; cross the first three, then on the fourth skirt the hedge along the full length of the field. You’ll then come to a gate with a large meadow to your left and the woods almost directly ahead. Head through the gate and to the far end of this fifth final field. At the end, you will see a style that takes you into a field with a slope leading down to a shadow valley. Go over the style and go to the bottom of the slope.
3. At the bottom of the slope, there is a kissing gate leading to some woods – Robin Hood’s Howl. This historic trail was once used as a Celtic Pannier Way. Continue through the woods for a good mile, taking in the tranquil woodland and wildlife. Eventually you’ll reach a tarmac road. Turn back on yourself, up the hill and along the road. You’ll go past High Hagg farm before reaching a T junction; turn left onto Starfits Lane. Continue down Starfits Lane, passing Low Hagg farm before turning right onto a bridleway that heads slightly downhill into woodland. Stay on this track heading all the way downhill until you reach the river at the bottom.
4. Once you reach the river, turn left and follow alongside the high banking. You’ll come to a fork in the path where you can turn left uphill or go straight on across a field, following the river. Go straight ahead, over the field and cross the shallow ford (if the water is particularly high, head back to the fork and turn left uphill; follow this path and we’ll pick it up later). Once you’ve crossed the ford you’ll see St Gregory’s Minster, an Anglo Saxon church dating back to 1060. Walk towards the church and through the gate, onto the tarmac road. Continue along this road between the church’s ancient graveyard on the left and cemetery on the right. At the end of the road, you’ll come to another road which heads uphill to the right, or downhill to the left. Head left to the bottom of the road, cross the ford, and then continue up the hill until you reach the top.
5. Carry on the country road, heading straight across at the four way junction a short time later. A few hundred yards more and you’ll reach the main road into Kirkbymoorside; head onto the pavement and follow the road as it’s heads north east back towards Kirkbymoorside. Walk past the recycling centre on your left and you’ll come to a public footpath shortly after a crescent of houses. Head up the footpath into the new estate and head north on Feversham Drive and up the footpath between the houses. This will bring you out at the back of some gardens; continue along the short path which heads west before turning right, where you will come to West End. Turn right and follow West End back to Market Place.
Here’s an interactive map of the walk:
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It’s that time of year. Everyone is back from the half term break with the kids and looking to book their summer holiday. Almost 200,000 Brits will head to Spain this year, and while Spain is a fantastic country (although the economy isn’t looking too peachy at the moment) is there really that much you can do on the Costa del Sol that you can’t do in Whitby? Stay in one of our Whitby cottages this summer and you won’t miss out on any the fun normally associated with a holiday on the Spanish coast.
The Costa del Sol has it’s fair share of awful restaurants, but in fairness, there are some great places too. The best ones always tend to be right on the seafront where you can get freshly cooked paella or grilled fish. So what does Whitby have to offer? Well, there’s the fish market just yards away from many restaurants and a variety of seafood restaurants, ranging from tasty fish and chips to refined bouillabaisse dishes. I guarantee that you won’t find better cooked, tasting or sourced fish on the Costa del Sol than you will in Whitby.
The Costa del Sol does have a heck of a reputation for partying. Year after year it’s streets are swarmed with adolescents enjoying their first taste of life away from home. But would you really want to spend your summer stood next to a spotty teenager in a happy hour bar? Or, would you prefer to head to one of Whitby’s traditional pubs for a chilled out evening with good food, friends and wine. If you’re after something a little more energetic, why not head to Scarborough, Malton or even York for a big night out.
The culture on the Costa del Sol can be limited at times. Although Barcelona, Madrid and other parts of Spain have buckets of the stuff, places like Benidorm are overrun with English bars and little in the way of sights (nothing against people who spend their holiday in English bars in Benidorm – but it’s not the best way to sink into the local culture, is it?). Whitby has history dating back hundreds and hundreds of years. The abbey on the cliffs, the story of Captain James Cook and the age old beach are all great examples of the culture Whitby has to offer.
The Costa del Sol might have glorious sandy beaches, but it isn’t a patch on the dramatic scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors. Head out on the road towards Pickering for a truly memorable journey. Regardless of whether you go in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, you’re guaranteed a visual treat on this road. Parking up at the Hole of Horcum and watching on of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway steam engines go past is a wonderful experience. Keep an eye out for bikers on the road, and don’t head up there if it is snowing – it can get treacherous.
The Costa del Sol has taxis. A lot of them. The vast majority of which seem to have that little button which is slyly pressed by the driver as you pull up at your destination, magically adding an extra €4 onto the fare. Avoid confrontations with surly Spaniards by driving up to Whitby. You can get up there on a single tank of petrol from most destinations – granted, this is hardly cheap in the current climate, but look at flights, trains and coach fares; what would be your choice? The beauty of taking your car up means you can get around easily too; although if you don’t drive, or want to stay away from the car while you’re in Whitby, use the amazing North Yorkshire Moors Railway to get around, or one of the local bus services. You’ll enjoy the ride and the friendly Yorkshire company!
Anyone have any other activities to add to the list?
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Few seaside towns have the mix of casual and fine dining experiences on offer in Whitby. Not only does Whitby benefit from superb seafood on it’s doorstep, but the magnificent moors to the west are home to some of the best bred livestock in the UK. With this in mind, while staying at one of the many Whitby cottages on offer, head out to one of these fantastic restaurants to enjoy the best of Whitby’s cuisine.
Greens of Whitby
Greens of Whitby has established itself as one of the smartest fine dining establishments in Whitby. Located on Bridge Street, just minutes away from the Captain Cook museum, chef proprietor Rob Green and his wife Emma have created an eatery that caters for every occasion – with the refined, formal ‘Upstairs at Greens’ on the upper floor of the restaurant, and a more relaxed bistro setting downstairs. Only the decor changes; the menu stay the same.
On offer are great seafood classics such as Moules Marinire, Fish Pie, and, of course, Whitby Fish and Chips. The grill options are just as tempting, with locally sourced beef and pork on offer. For those looking for something different, Greens offer a seafood tasting menu starting at a very reasonable £30, giving you a true taste of the sea.
Greens’ wine list is probably the most comprehensive in all of Whitby, with numerous reds, whites and rosés on offer.
The Magpie Cafe
A firm favourite, the Magpie Cafe is (arguably) Whitby’s most famous fish and chip shop located opposite the fish market on Pier Road.
The Magpie Cafe offers the classic Cod or Haddock and Chips, as well as more exotic takes, such as Monkfish and Chips, Turbot and Chips or Woof and Chips. If you fancy something a little different, a number of contemporary dishes have made it onto the menu, including Chilli and Garlic King Prawn Tails, Whitby Crab Taglioni Nero and Oriental Duck Breast.
If you’ve still got room for a pudding, the Magpie’s home made desserts are truly indulgent and the perfect way to round off a fantastic meal.
It goes without saying that, wherever possible, all the Magpie’s produce is sourced locally.
Located on Skinner Street in the town centre, Ditto is a contemporary restaurant set in a traditional building with many original features still in place. Open evenings only, the restaurant serves mouth wateringly good dishes. Starters worth trying include sesame crusted rump of beef with a hot and sour dressing, sauteed parmesan polenta or king scallops with black pudding. The mains are similarly great; gressingham duck with juniper berry and orange sauce, fillet of beef with melting yorkshire blue cheese or pork belly in an apple and cider sauce are all examples of some of Ditto’s superb dishes. For two/three courses, you’ll be looking at a very reasonable £24.55/£29.65 a head excluding drinks (a one course option is available on the day).
So there you have it – three fantastic restaurants for you to sample in Whitby. Why not book yourself a week long break at our selection of Whitby holiday cottages and see for yourself which one is the best?
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Once again, the festive season is upon us and while some will be looking forward to a relaxing Christmas break at home, others will be planning a short getaway to see the new year in – and where better than in one of our Whitby cottages.
Whitby has everything to offer at new year – superb eating, friendly pubs and miles of unspoilt countryside perfect for an afternoon stroll on new year’s day. Best of all, there are some superb rates available on Whitby cottages at this time of year – much more competitive than you might first think – so take a look at our pick below to book yourself a new year getaway, or even a well earned break in January to recover from the seasonal excess!
Best for couples – Woodlands cottage, The Old Mill
Located in picturesque Littlebeck, Woodlands makes the ideal new year getaway for couples of all ages. A cosy 1 bedroom cottage set in acres of undisturbed woodland and natural wildlife, anyone looking for a peaceful and serene break in the country (with the convenience of being able to drive to Whitby in 10 minutes) should look no further than Woodlands cottage. The property itself comes with all mod cons, as well as a shared games room and extensive patio that is ideal for watching the fireworks when the clock strikes midnight!
Families – Abraham’s Quay
Families looking for a town centre location won’t be disappointed with Abraham’s Quay. Located beneath the historic abbey and alongside the marina, Abraham’s Quay is a 2 bedroom fisherman’s cottage that comfortably sleeps four. The cottage is full of character while still being tastefully brought into the 21st century with a modern kitchen. Best of all, the rates for staying at Abraham’s Quay are very competitive for such a central location – perfect for families not wanting to break the bank this winter.
Groups of friends – Sheen cottage
For those looking to spend their new year with their nearest and dearest from all over the country, Sheen cottage in Fylingthorpe is the ideal destination. A very spacious 5 bedroom property, Sheen cottage offers luxurious surroundings for its guests, including an enormous garden, sizeable kitchen and comfortable bedrooms that sleep up to 10. Sheen cottage’s true beauty lies in the decor; many original features remain, including a cast iron fire, exposed brickwork and decorative detail that has long been wiped out of many properties in the area. Why not see the new year in with a glass of champagne in the enormous living room!
These three are just some of the Whitby cottages on offer. A wide selection of properties from 1 bedroom to 6 bedroom are available throughout the Christmas break, with even more available in the weeks leading up to February half term and beyond to Easter and Summer 2012. Go to the Cottages Whitby homepage now to search for your perfect Whitby cottage!