For those unfamiliar with the North East of England, then allow me to introduce you to one of its finest delights – Whitby.
This quirky little seaside town is one of the region’s sightseeing hotspots and tourism began way back in the Georgian era (late 18th century) and developed with the introduction of the railway in 1839. These days, thousands flock here each year to enjoy what it has to offer.
A functioning fishing town, Whitby is perhaps most famous for its Abbey, which dates back to 657 AD. Today of course, it just sits in ruins but is one of the country’s most recognised buildings. Its close links to and inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula also draw in many literary fans and is perhaps the town’s largest cultural offering.
Last weekend, I spent a fantastic two days enjoying its small back streets, quaint cafes and sights and sounds. A great way to spend a short break away, and one of the country’s tourist highlights. Next time you visit the UK, then hop on a train and check it out for yourself…