It’s about time I start writing about my neck of the woods more. There are so many amazing and beautiful places to visit in North Yorkshire, especially along the coastline. I’m super lucky to be able to live by the seaside and have all this on my doorstep and I really need to talk about these places more. I’m hoping to do some more in-depth guides before Summer but for the meantime, I thought I’d do a little round-up of a few places you need to go to if you are visiting the North Yorkshire coast.
Starting off with my hometown of Scarborough. No matter where I am when I tell people this is where I am from, they’ve been here on their Summer Holidays. Scarborough is actually quite the popular destination in Summer as it’s the biggest town along the North Yorkshire coast. Not only does Scarborough have two beaches but we have the castle, countless arcades and amusements and in Summer you can catch some of the UK’s biggest acts at the Open Air Theatre. Last year, even Britney Spears came!
If you’re visiting Scarborough, I thought I would list some of my favourite independent cafés such as Eat Me (this place is worth visiting Scarborough alone for), Love Brew and The Garden Shed. No visit to Scarborough is complete without visiting the Harbour Bar for ice cream and everyone’s favourite Italian restaurant; Florios. However, if you’re looking for an incredible burger, I’d highly recommend Cowshed Burgers.
Just a short drive up the coast is Robin’s Hood Bay. This place is somewhere I’ve visited many of times throughout my life and it’s a complete picture postcard place. The small fishing village is set on a cobbled hill and goes down to the beach, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon and visit a local tea room. Do be careful on the cobbled streets though as I will always remember falling over when I was about 7 or 8 and spraining my wrist!
If you’re planning on staying the night, you can find accommodation in Robin Hood’s Bay at Raven Hall which is a seriously dreamy hotel. Raven Hall is a short drive from Robin Hood’s Bay just along the coastline near Ravenscar and it overlooks the bay with the most magnificent views. I’ve visited before for a wedding and it’s such a beautiful venue. I’m hoping to return soon for their Sunday Carvery as I’ve heard the food is amazing here!
Where do I even start with Whitby? If you’re on the North East Coast, you definitely need to visit Whitby even for just some fish and chips. It’s one of those typical seaside towns with cobbled back streets but actually, there is so much history. One of the most famous connections to Whitby is the Abbey being Bram Stoker’s inspiration to Dracula. Even if that doesn’t appeal to you, the abbey is worth visiting as it’s just a stunning sight which you can see for miles around.
When it comes to food, it would be rude not to get fish and chips and ice cream whilst visiting Whitby. The Magpie Cafe is a favourite spot for tourists but I personally like Quayside which is also another award-winning restaurant. I’d also highly recommend The Stables at Crossbutts which is just on the outskirts of Whitby.
I actually haven’t visited Staithes in years but it’s on my list to visit in the next couple of months. I’ve actually seen a fair few bloggers head over to this little seaside village and it’s just as picturesque as Robin Hood’s Bay and just ten miles from Whitby. Staithes were once the home of Captain James Cook where you’ll find a lot of history surrounding his past in these areas. If we visit Staithes in the next couple of months, I’ll definitely post about the trip and give you a better guide.
Bridlington isn’t somewhere I visit too frequently but there’s actually quite a lot to do. Bridlington Spa brings quite a few well-known acts to the East Coast with bands such as Kasabian and Kaiser Chiefs coming to the seaside. One of my favourite places to visit in the area is Sewerby Hall which is a lovely country house with lovely gardens and a mini zoo. You can actually get one of those road trains over to Bridlington along the coastline from the house. Burton Agnes Hall is another nearby Elizabethan manor house worth visiting too with an amazing maze in the gardens.
I’d love to hear if you’re visiting The North Yorkshire Coast. Do you have any favourite spots in the area?
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