A Weekend in Whitby

Sunday, 16 June 2019

If you're looking for a cute place to visit in the UK over the summer, I totally recommend paying Whitby a visit. I remember going loads as a kid but I hadn't been for years and as it's somewhere me and my boyfriend wanted to visit together, we decided to go for our anniversary last weekend.

Now, the weather didn't look promising but thankfully when we got there we had minimal rain and on the Sunday the weather was glorious - lots of sunshine and so warm! I'd probably recommend packing for all seasons if you are going there - we all know how reliable British weather can be!

I thought I'd do a little run-down of what we got up to, the best places to eat, shops to visit etc. so if you're planning a trip to Whitby this summer you'll have all bases covered.

Where to stay

So, while we decided to be at one with nature and (and, let's face it, save some dollar) by camping, there are loads of different options for where to stop in and around Whitby. Being a seaside town, there are dozens of cute B&Bs to stay in, but as we were just going for one night we thought pitching up the tent would be a good, cheap option. We stayed at the Hooks House Farm campsite in Robin Hood's Bay, just down the road from Whitby (about a 10-minute drive) and I'd definitely recommend it if you're thinking of camping. The facilities were great - nice washrooms, even a little kitchen area to boil the kettle/make some grub if you don't fancy doing it the caveman way, and a gorgeous view of the bay.

If camping is out of the question, a couple of places that caught my eye when searching were The Belfry Whitby and The Shepherd's Purse.

What to do

Whitby in the sunshine is a dream - and the things to do are pretty endless. We kicked things off by visiting Falling Foss Waterfall and Tea Garden - an absolutely adorable place that I recommend everyone goes and visits when in Whitby. It was raining when we were there but this didn't dull the place's magic - we grabbed a hot chocolate and a slice of cake and sat in the tea garden (which is thankfully under cover) which was absolutely lovely - the cakes there are to die for. The waterfall was beautiful and there was also a cave and other bits and pieces to see walking-distance from the tea garden. 

The shopping in Whitby is great - there are so many cute little quirky shops, from chocolate shops to jewellery shops selling Whitby jet and my personal fave - the lucky duck shop. I vividly remember visiting the shop as a child and picking my very own birthstone lucky duck - a cute little guy made out of glass (the shop is basically a glass shop, full of cute little glass ornaments). These little fellas are famous worldwide and I really think they work - I remember taking mine into my exams with me! I picked up a cute baby pink one while I was there because it would be rude not to, right?!

Whitby Abbey is absolutely stunning and a great place to go and visit - even if you don't actually go inside, but admire it from afar. Any Dracula fans will know it was the inspiration for the book and as I love Bram Stoker's novel this was such a treat for me. We walked up the 199 steps (a great place to admire the views of Whitby) wandered around the castle and also headed to Bram Stoker's seat across the way - supposedly where he sat when he became inspired to write the novel. I had to get a pic there just because... maybe it'll inspire me to write mine?

Obviously it wouldn't be a visit to Whitby without heading to the sea front, posing in front of the rainbow of beach huts and grabbing an ice cream. Take a walk along the harbour, head to the arcades and finish things off with some fish and chips. 

We also took a drive to Hayburn Wyke (between Whitby and Scarborough) and walked down to see the cove, which was so lovely and peaceful (but also very rocky!). We were accompanied by the cutest dog Holly (from the pub nearby) who showed us the way there and stayed with us the whole time. She was definitely another trip highlight - despite being extremely demanding when it came to throwing sticks! 

Scarborough is just a stone's throw from Whitby so we thought it was worth paying it a visit on the way home. Again, it's a great place to grab an ice cream and have a go at the arcades but I thought the best thing about it was Peasholme Park - a gorgeous Japanese-inspired park with a boating lake and the most friendly squirrels you'll ever come across. We went armed with nuts and got some amazing pics of the little guys - one even sat on my knee at one point! Feeding the squirrels was definitely one of the highlights of my trip! 

Where to eat

I'm pretty sure I'm not alone when I say one of the things that really excites me about taking a trip somewhere is trying out all the different restaurants and cafes I've never been to before. Whitby and Scarborough are chock full of amazing places to eat. For the best fish and chips in Whitby head to The Magpie Cafe - so many people recommended this to me and I wasn't disappointed. There was a bit of a queue to get inside but the food was great - I opted for a veggie pasta bake but Tom informed me the fish and chips were amazing.

Another great place to eat I'd recommend is the Hayburn Wyke Inn - we visited here for a well-earned meal after walking down to the cove and back and it was such a lovely pub. Covered in fairy lights with a warming fire and all the different flavoured gins you could ask for - I was in my element! They also had loads of veggie options (I had veggie lasagne and it was DIVINE) and just had a really lovely atmosphere.

For breakfast in Whitby I'd recommend Cranberry Swamp - this super quirky cafe will give you all the retro vibes and the pancakes I had there were absolutely amazing - I'm also pretty sure everything there is gluten-free.

If you do decided to tie in a trip to Scarborough with Whitby, then The Harbour Bar is a super cute fifties-style ice cream parlour that does some incredible sundaes. It's on the sea front and gets very busy, but you can also grab ice creams to take away from a little window they have on the side of the cafe. They even do bubblegum flavour!

Overall I'd really recommend taking a trip to Whitby this summer if you fancy a relaxing break by the sea. I'd say there's quite a lot of walking involved so pack some comfy shoes, remember to pack for all weathers and also BRING CASH! We got caught out so many times as everywhere in Whitby and Scarborough seem to be cash-only!

Will you be visiting Whitby or Scarborough this summer?