A Hyperactive Artist’s Guide to Whitby Part 2

Spooky Seaside & Nautical Nonsense

I could talk about Whitby for ages. Two blog posts at least! I’ve been to the town twice now and would definitely like to visit again soon. Here are just a few of my other highlights of my visits.

All the Spooky Stuff

From one of several ghost walks around the town, to alternative shopping destinations like Artemis and the Mermaid (Featuring a selection of local makers) there are a range of places to pop into and things to make time for on your visit. I especially recommend the ghost tours as a great way of getting to know the sights and navigation of the town centre. You’ll also hear some great bits of history and tales long the way, as well as a bit more on the Dracula connection.

Whitby Museum

The Whitby Museum has its fine share of eccentric curios and creepy collections too. The museum is free entry and is home to several pieces of note. A model of the Abbey, a weather prediction machine that would have used live leeches to work when it was constructed and creepiest of all, a supposedly genuine Hand of Glory. Said to bring luck the hand is rumoured to have been removed from the body of a hanged man, and was discovered in the home of a gentleman suspected of committing many burglaries but never held accountable for any.

The Gaff

We stayed in the Gypsy Rose hotel which I cannot reccomend strongly enough. The themed hotel was charming throughout and totally affordable. Completely dog friendly as a lot of the town happily is, each morning we received a basket full of fresh fruit, pastries, yogurts and cakes, to enjoy in our four poster bed in our Morrocan themed room. There was even a boiled egg for the doggo. Beautifully curated decor adorned each themed room, shabby and chic but lovably bohemian. The cocktail bar sported dapperly dressed taxidermist animals and a genuine Victorian seance lamp. I was in heaven!

Nautical Nonsense

The sandy beach was perfect for long walks with the pooch. I particularly reccomend the walk up to Staithes from Whitby pier. An easy walk over a few hours with chance for a brew and cake at the end. Your return journey keeps the wonderful abbey in your sights.

The seafood in the town is exceptional too. I particularly reccomend the Star Inne, but even the street vendors have lovely fresh cray fish tails and homemade sushi for you to enjoy.

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