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I have been wanting to go to the seaside for ages now and Easter Bank Holiday Monday is the perfect time for spending a day in Whitby. Whitby is the nearest coastal town to us in Leeds. It takes about an hour to get there and the drive to it is lovely through all the moors.
Once arriving it was quickly clear a lot of the UK were also spending a day in Whitby and it was so busy. After lots of driving around the only parking was by Whitby Abbey. Ellie has never seen the Abbey up close before so it was a perfect place to park in the end.
Whitby Abbey is a really stunning Gothic ruin that sits on top of a cliff over looking Whitby and the moors and is the inspiration for Bram Stokers Dracula. You can go inside it and walk around it all which costs £7.10 per person. To be honest it isn’t necessary as you can get this close to it and all of its views for free.
You can walk back along the road into the town but the best way to get down there is down the famous 199 steps. The views as you walk down are just amazing.
Even if you are spending a day in Whitby on a grey and wet day like ours you can spend a few hours wandering around the town. The town is a mix of traditional seaside shops, cafes and pubs and gothic shops. Whilst window shopping I saw the most amazing handbag that was in the shape of a coffin. Although I love it, a coffin handbag probably isn’t very practical. So sadly, it is still sitting in the shop window.
After stopping off in a lovely cafe to dry off and warm up with a hot chocolate it was time to climb back up the 199 steps to the car.
The views on the way back home to Leeds are equally as stunning. Unfortunately the traditional bank holiday traffic meant it took us nearly 3 hours to get back home again.
Ellie spent her time photographing the views of the moors….diagonally……I think it’s a teenage thing?!
Living so close spending a day in Whitby is a great idea for us. If you live further away it is definitely worth a weekend trip to see the sights there.
Have you been to Whitby before? Where is your favourite Seaside town?