Hanover Cottage is ideally located for accessing local amenities and public transport links. On Prospect Hill, in the centre of Whitby, it is surrounded by Victorian town houses and individually designed detached houses. It's only a short walk to Pannett Park where you will find a great maritime themed adventure play area, a cafe and museum. Whitby's beaches, harbour, pubs, shops, eating places and visitor attractions are just a 5-10 minute walk from the property. Or you can easily use the local bus service as there are two bus stops very closeby. The train station is literally just down the hill, next to the bus station and there are plenty of taxi firms available.
Whitby is a beautiful seaport located on the North East coast of England and is surrounded by the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Famed for its connection to Bram Stokers Dracula and the explorer Captain James Cook, Whitby has a long and rich history and has attracted holidaymakers for hundreds of years. It is a popular seaside destination as there are plenty of activities and places to visit, that all ages will enjoy.
There are two halves to the town divided by the River Esk, which runs from the moors through Whitby to the North Sea. The old fishing port is positioned on the east side of the harbour at the mouth of the river and beneath the cliffs. The east side is accessed by an old swing bridge and has a maze of cobbled, narrow streets and alleyways. You will find a range of individual shops selling things such as jewellery, gifts, clothing and food. Whitby is renowned for it's Whitby jet and local jewellers have a good selection of this gemstone. From Church Street you can reach Tate Hill beach and the East pier, which is ideal for a stroll or a spot of fishing. If you are feeling fit you can climb the famous 199 steps leading to the church of St.Mary, whose churchyard on the East Cliff inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula. Then you can explore the ruins of Whitby Abbey, which dominate the skyline of the town.
Opposite, on the West Cliff is the later seaside resort developed in Victorian times. Here you will find Whitby Pavillion, home to a wide range of entertainment including plays, pantomines, comedy shows, musicals and concerts. Goth Weekend, Music Weekends and Folk Week are held here and it also has a cinema, bar and cafe. With activities such as mini golf, an outdoor paddling pool and skateboard park there is plenty to do. There is a prominent statue of Captain James Cook on the West Cliff and there's a huge whale jawbone, which commemorates the town's whaling industry. Below is West Cliff beach (also called Whitby Sands beach) stretching 2.5km to the village of Sandsend. This beach can be accessed from town by a slipway near the West Pier or down the long zigzag paths on the West Cliff. Alternatively you can use the old cliff lift, which is usually in operation from April to September.
When it comes to dining out Whitby has much to offer, with it's good selection of tea rooms, coffee shops, cafes and restaurants. Fish and chips is a must while visiting Whitby and there is plenty of choice, including Trenchers, The Magpie Cafe, and the Quayside. There are Italian, Indian and Thai restaurants as well as places with varied menus and Sunday lunches, such as The Stables on the outskirts of town. Of course you also must also have an icecream while at the seaside...regardless of the weather!
You might choose to go further afield and explore this beautiful area. Discover quaint fishing villages such as Sandsend, Staithes and Runswick Bay to the north and south of Whitby. Or the larger resorts of Scarborough and Filey are only a short car journey away. The popular, historic City of York is just over an hours drive from Whitby and has a good 'park and ride'. Inland, the North Yorkshire Moors National Park has stunning scenery and you can visit rural villages such as Egton, Danby, Grosmont and Goathland. The North Yorkshire Moors offers excellent walking and cycling and you can always find a tea room, a country pub or picnic spot.