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Whitby is surrounded by moors on three sides and the North Sea on the other, the town is full of character and is certainly worth a visit. If you staying for a week then its always best to visit midweek as the weekends do get very busy.

Captain James Cook was an apprentice in Whitby and chose his ships from here to carry him on his great explorations. Until the mid-18th century, when a turnpike road from Pickering was built, the sea was the town’s main means of communication to the outside world and then Victorian times brought the railway linking it to Pickering, York, Middlesbrough and Scarborough.

The town has two sides, both very different. The winding narrow streets of East side the streets have a great atmosphere probably similar to market days back in the 17th century. Fascinating and irregular streets have a range of more unusual shops and lead to the bottom of 199 steps which rise to the magnificent but stark ruins of Whitby Abbey. On this side of the river a few of the jet shops still trade as a reminder of an industry that once supported 1,400 workers in the workshops and mines. The old market square with its stalls, casual entertainment and cobbles has a charm all its own and is surrounded by a mix of cafes, gift shops and tiny buildings.

Fish still plays a large part in the town and fresh fish as well as smoked kippers can be found here alongside the many fish and chip restaurants popular with locals and visitors. No visit to Whitby is complete without a Fish and Chip supper) try The Magpie or Trenchers) and don’t forget to bring back some kippers for breakfast, they are very good!

On the far side is the fish quay where trawlers and the smaller cobbles unload their catches for sale at the market. Behind are the attractions of holiday making, amusement arcades, assorted souvenir shops and seafood stalls. Narrow streets with a variety of more modern shops climb to the hotels, boarding houses and gardens from the 1800s.

One restaurant on the quay side is in a building that was once used as the town’s baths, museum and library and which was erected in the 1820s. On the top of West Cliff stands a statue of the great mariner and explorer Captain James Cook, who was an apprentice in the town and who chose Whitby-built ships for his historic voyages of discovery.

In recent years the Endeavor regularly stays in Whitby harbour has served to regenerate Whitby to the very busy town it is today. Whitby hosts a series of very successful and varied events from Folk festivals to a regatta and not forgetting the Gothic events inspired by the Dracula connection. Whitby is certainly the place to be on Halloween!


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Perfect. Pickering was chosen as an equidistant base for the coast, York and Harrogate and really could not have been better. Pickering is great with lots of amenities.  We stayed in the Farmhouse and everything was spot on. The place was clean and we had a bit of cake and cheese to welcome us. The place exudes quality from the kitchen utensils, fixtures and fittings through to the bedding and towels. The staff were great and the whole set up was just perfect. Thanks to all.

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Relaxing September Break We were in the Readman cottage. We received a warm welcome and the welcome pack of cheese and cake was delicious. The facilities were excellent and the location was ideal for walking and visiting places of interest.The steam railway is on the doorstep and the bird of prey centre in Helmsley well worth a visit. Helen and John were very helpful in recommending places to visit and where to have my car checked which had developed a problem.

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Perfect Place to Stay in Pickering Beautiful cottage with every possible amenity supplied. Comfortable lounge, modern kitchen, large comfortable bedrooms with plenty of space and modern superb en-suites. Very friendly, helpful staff nothing too much trouble and they go the extra mile.If every going to the same area of Yorkshire would definitely return and also recommend to others.

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“The cottage was of such a high standard real home from home feel. The cleanliness was spot on. We have visited Eastgate cottages for 16 yrs now and very often see the same people returning. Over that time we have stayed in most of the cottages at Eastgate and never had any cause to complain about anything.”

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5 minutes from town centre in a private quiet courtyard. I have stayed in several of the cottages over the last couple of months. Each cottage is finished to a high standard and very comfortable. Kitchens and bathrooms are modern and have every amenity.I would recommend very highly, and would gladly stay again in the future.Helen and her staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

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