Whitby is a North Yorkshire seaside town. It’s know for River Esk plitting it in two, its Abbey inspiring ‘Dracula’ and the 199 steps leading up to it and the church. And for food lovers, of course it’s the place for some of the best fish and chips in the country.
Ideally I would have liked to visit on a sunny day with blue skies for the best views, similar to my day trip to Scarborough. Having said that, rain and mist added to this gothic city’s atmosphere. Most cities looks best when it’s sunny but I quite like this version of Whitby. There might be loads more to explore that I’m unaware of but a couple of hours was enough to spend here. We had time to climb the famous 199 steps, eat fish and chips and stroll along the tiny cobbled streets. Btw, does anyone know why some of the stones in Whitby are blue?
Fish & Chips
Wherever you go, there’s a fish and chip shop around the corner and higher end restaurants serving it as well. I’d imagine any is equally good to go to. We stopped at Quayside, an award winning traditional fish and chip shop on Pier Road. They offer indoor and outdoor seating and takeaway. I had a children’s plate which was enough. I’m not a massive fan of fish and chips but their fish cake was really good. Sometimes restaurants add less fish and more mash but this tasted delicious. All dishes are available as gluten free option. We sat inside as it was raining but on a rain free day, I’d definitely opt for a takeaway and sit by the harbour. There are lots of seagulls around so watch out or they will steal your food.
199 Steps Whitby
To walk off the fish and chips, we went to the church and Abbey, walking up the famous 199 steps. It might sound a lot but honestly, it was so easy and also very worth the views. There are plenty of viewpoints along the steps and from the church you get a really good view of Whitby (on a sunny day). I just love the skyline Whitby offers, all the buildings built on top of each other and wedged in between. It looks so pretty and it’s very clever. I don’t think I’d ever get sick of the view living here.
This is only my second visit to Whitby and I can’t wait to go back again. I’ve yet to visit the beach and I’d love to walk all the way out to Whitby pier. This time we only saw it from high above. Sadly I don’t drive and using public transport is a bit of a treck. Next summer I will though as they steam train operates all the way from Pickering and the views across York Moors National Park are stunning. I was lucky enough to see parts of it this summer when after Covid-19, parts of the train track opened up again.
Have you been to Whitby? What do you recommend I see next time I go?