What's on nearby?
Nestling in the Esk Valley, Grosmont is a charming village with the famous North York Moors Railway running through it; visit the station and watch the steam trains, wonderful reminders of a bygone age. Why not enjoy a ride and visit Whitby in one direction or Pickering to the other, meandering through miles of beautiful countryside to reach your destination and taking in lovely villages such as Egton and Goathland – home to ITV’s Heartbeat TV series. There’s also a Pullman dining carriage at certain times of year which is a gastronomic delight!
The village has a small Co-operative supermarket – which is Britain’s oldest Co-op – which stocks a variety of products including a superb range of artisan gins from distilleries across North Yorkshire – plus an art gallery, lovely tea rooms, picnic area and a village pub that serves good food.
North York Moors
The cottage is in the beautiful North York Moors – perfect for hiking or even a simple stroll enjoying this unspoilt area. Why not try cycling, out door adventures or even visit Go Ape in the Dalby Forest? The moorland is home to wildlife and is fantastic at every season – whether it’s wearing its vibrant green coat or purple heather. At certain times a year there are star gazing festivals – well worth a visit. Neighbouring villages are picturesque and are home to many country inns, some of which boast award winning dining experiences.
This famous seaside town and former fishing port is a c. ten minute drive. There’s so much to see and do, for all ages, in Whitby, it’s a much-loved location with amazing heritage and one of the few seaside locations where the sun rises and sets over the same bay.
Whitby Museum in Pannetts Park
There’s many great exhibits in this charming and interesting museum, that shows the extensive and fascinating history that Whitby has; definitely worth a visit. Lovely children’s playground nearby too.
Situated on the top of Whitby’s East Cliff, it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the seaside town and inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the world-famous novel and most filmed book of all time, that was part-written in Whitby when the author stayed here in Victorian times. The Visitor Centre, run by English Heritage, is excellent.
St Mary’s Church
Climb the famous 199 steps for glorious views of the harbour and across the town of Whitby; visit this charming and historic church, with its original pews, interesting history and exhibits.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Enjoy a tour of Whitby’s famous son, Captain Cook, and his voyages of discovery.
The Dracula Experience
Brave the Dracula Experience on the harbour-side, where you’ll hear the story of Dracula and the connections to Whitby – a little scary but a must!
The beaches are sandy and golden and the pretty harbour – with its famous swing bridge – is edged with stylish wine bars and award-winning restaurants. Walk along the pier with its iconic lighthouse and look over the bay and across to Sandsend – wonderful as the sun is setting – or take some of our famous fish and chips and sit, enjoying the incomparable views.
Go crabbing- a favourite pastime – from the harbour or simply watch the sun go down over the old town – especially nice over a glass of something chilled! Enjoy a boat ride around the bay including a sunset cruise up the coast to Sandsend.
Whitby has many independent, quaint shops selling wonderful ware from Whitby jet or hand-made soaps, to gifts, retro sweets, books, artwork and clothing. There’s a market held in the old town with its cobbled streets, or why not walk along Henrietta Street near The 199 Steps and visit Fortune’s Kippers – a smokehouse that’s been family run for generations. There are lots of cute cafes and tea rooms serving Whitby’s famous crab sandwiches or glorious home made cakes along with a pot of Yorkshire Tea, ideal to sit and relax along the way, then continue, refreshed!
Eat, drink and be merry!
Whitby has established a reputation for providing a wide range of eateries – from traditional pubs and pie shops to award-winning restaurants and champagne bars. There’s numerous fish and chip restaurants, some of which attract visitors from all over the world. Whatever your tastes, there will be something to suit, from simple fare to culinary delights!
Whitby Goth Festivals/Folk Week/Whitby Regatta
Whitby is home to many wonderful events that attract visitors from across the UK and overseas. Why not come during the two Goth Festivals, Folk Week or the wonderful Whitby Regatta, incredibly popular extravaganzas that take place annually and are such a treat.