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Meet Dracula and More on Whitby's Coast

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by Erin (subscribe)
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Published August 9th 2019
Famous for inspiring Bram Stoker's Dracula, the village of Whitby is built along moody sea cliffs with panoramic views of the North Sea. With its beautiful location, dramatic medieval abbey ruins, and gothic associations, Whitby is a popular feature of the Yorkshire Moors.

Sea cliffs outside of Whitby

View of Whitby from the Abbey Ruins

Much of the village by the coastline is devoted to typical seaside holiday attractions, such as fish and chip shops, fortune-tellers, arcade attractions, and ice cream and other sweet shops. If you tire of the crowds and carnival-esque atmosphere of the seaside, the Abbey ruins perched on the top of a high cliff are a great place to find quiet, as well as great views of the North Sea and surrounding village.

Dracula confectionary

Fortune-telling at the seaside

Whitby Abbey Ruins

Visitors to the Abbey can walk through the ruins and surrounding gardens. The Abbey grounds provide panoramic views of Whitby on one side and the seascape on the other. The visitor centre of the Abbey is inside a 17th-century mansion. The museum mainly focuses on the history of the site with displays of objects from the earliest settlements to nineteenth-century vampires.

Whitby Abbey from the Visitors Centre

Thick storm-ready gravestones at Whitby Abbey

Of course, Bram Stoker's Dracula is a main feature in Abbey attractions. The site plays host to 'Dracula Season' over the summer, which is a live theatrical performance of the Dracula legend within the ruins of the Abbey.

Whitby Abbey
Abbey Lane
North Yorkshire
YO22 4JT
Tel: 44 (0)1947 603568
Opening times vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions; check the website calendar for information before visiting

Dracula Season
Current: 20 July 2019-1 Sep 2019 (weekends only)
Time: 11am-3pm
Suitable for all; Adult, 9.80; Child (5-17 years), 5.90; Concession, 8.80

Whitby is connected to a number of well-established walking paths along the coast, which will form part of a new system of interconnected trails called the English Coastal Path, due to be completed in 2020. There are short walks available to nearby villages or the North Moors National Park to very ambitious walks, such as the 190-mile Coast to Coast walk, which starts (or finishes) in Robin Hood's Bay, about 8 miles from Whitby.

From the iconic figure of Dracula to seaside attractions to beautiful walking paths through historic settings, Whitby has much to offer every visitor.
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Why? Enjoy a weekend on the dramatic North Yorkshire Coast
When: Best in the summer months
Where: Whitby Abbey, Abbey Lane, Whitby, YO22 4JT
Cost: Inexpensive
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