Tuesday travels. . . Whitby, Dracula and Captain Cook


While staying in Yorkshire we took the opportunity to visit Whitby, a coastal town that has a link to Australia.WhitbyCaptain James Cook served his apprenticeship in Whitby and when he set off on his voyage of discovery to Australia he set sail on the Endeavour, a Whitby built collier.  There is a Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby but unfortunately we didn’t get the time to visit it.

We had heard about the connection with Dracula and were interested to find that Whitby’s Dracula connections are the ruins of an abbey and a graveyard on the headland which provided the atmospheric backdrop for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

We were only in Whitby for a couple of hours so didn’t really get the chance to see all that is on offer so it is a spot that is on the list for a return visit.

 We had also heard about the famous fish and chips at Whitby with the Magpie Cafe being reknowned for the quality of this particular product.  We were not prepared to queue up outside in the long queues waiting for a table so we had fish and chips at another establishment and we were not disappointed.

While strolling along the quayside we came across this steam driven bus which is obviously a popular tourist attraction.

steam drivenMy husband was delighted with this very British beach scene.  The only thing that was missing was a gentleman with a knotted handkerchief on his head.

Whitby beachThere were even donkeys and an icecream van.

On our way to Whitby we had stopped at Aidensfield,Goathland –

Harry Potter Carthis is the home of the television series Heartbeat.


The car in the picture is not the police car from Heartbeat but the Ford Anglia from the Harry Potter films.  Goathland Station is Hogsmeade Station which features in the Harry Potter films.

This is a delightful part of the country and we will certainly return for a further visit as there is so much more to see.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. bookgrrl says:

    I did a day trip to Whitby and had a coffee at the Magpie Cafe in the afternoon. The cafe lsted the fish available that day with the location of its capture. I also remember that the condiments on the tables were salt, pepper and vinegar (for the chips and/or mushy peas). It’s a lovely part of the world :).

    1. suth2 says:

      It is a beautiful place and one that I need to spend more time exploring. We are hoping to spend a few weeks in Yorkshire later this year, if we get ourselves organised. We have bathroom renovations happening first.:-)

  2. I would love to visit Whitby one day, and after reading this I’d like to go to Goathland too. What a great day out.

    1. suth2 says:

      We are thinking of spending a few weeks in Yorkshire later this year. We really loved the countryside there.

  3. Frank Burns says:

    Ah, the Ford Anglia….brings back memories. That was the car I had when I learned to drive……..

    1. suth2 says:

      Mine was a Morris 1100.

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