A trip to Yorkshire wouldn't be complete without a visit to the archetypal coastal town of Whitby. Not only can you enjoy some traditional fish and chips at the renowned Magpie restaurant, but the imposing Whitby Abbey provided Bram Stoker the inspiration for Dracula and is well worth a visit. This literary history inspired the ever popular Whitby Goth Weekend that draws crowds from across the world as Halloween descends on the seaside town.
Make a trip in the Summer for a refreshing walk along the pier, or Autumn for atmospheric views; many photographers can be seen setting camp along the steps to the Abbey in order to capture moody panoramas as the sun sets.
There is a fantastic drive across the North York Moors and Goathland (the setting for TV's 'Heartbeat') from York to Whitby too, perfect for imagining yourself as Cathy or Heathcliff!
If you're not bringing your car to York you needn't miss out, why not get the reliable Coastliner bus from the train station or take a trip to Whitby with BOBH - Day trips from York, where you'll enjoy a packed itinerary taking in not just the seaside town but the sights of the Moors including Goathland Station (the filming location for Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter movies).
We also recommend stopping at nearby Robin Hoods Bay if travelling to Whitby for the day. Here you'll find a quaint fishing village, cobbled alleyways, coffee and book shops, not to mention countless dog lovers and their furry companions.