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What The Press and Ordinary People Think of Whitby.....
The Daily Telegraph, December 2016:
If there’s another seaside town in the world that manages to match bright-and-breezy coastal kitsch with dark-and-menacing black-clad Goths, we’ve yet to find it. For windswept Whitby just happens to be the resort of choice for post-punks with a penchant for pan stick, thanks to Bram Stoker using it as the setting for his classic horror novel Dracula. Whitby manages to offer an eclectic blend of sandy beaches, traditional amusement parks and museums by day, and ghastly ghost tours and gigs by night – the kind of place where rock and rockers go hand-in-hand.
Countryfile Magazine voted Whitby Best Market Town 2014:
For once, Yorkshire edges out Cornwall, with the handsome fishing port triumphing over the artists’ paradise of St Ives. Whitby is no stranger to triumph in BBC Countryfile Magazine polls – its famous abbey was voted Britain’s most romantic ruin back in 2011. Whitby has the twin attractions of the sea and the North York Moors National Park just inland. It’s definitely on the Countryfile Magazine team’s list of places to visit in 2014.
Jeremy Clarkson wrote in the Sunday Times December 2012:
Millions of foreign visitors come here every year wanting to know who we really are, it makes sense that one of the world’s 10 best places to visit is a town on the British coast. For me, that’d be Whitby.
The Scotsman, March 2011:
Travel journalist David Robinson wrote: " I'd never been before, but it was love at first sight. Even out of season on a cold March evening, I just knew. Maybe it was the warm yellow light spilling out of the riverside pubs, perhaps it was the sight and sound of people singing sea shanties inside them. Whitby has it all."
Holiday Which Magazine 2010 said:
To stay in Whitby is to take time out of quick-fire modernity and relax in a quaint seaside town that radiates old-world charm. Overlooked by its ruined Benedictine abbey, Whitby’s Georgian houses hug its opposing steep estuary slopes in stepped rows that descend to the harbour and medieval narrow lanes below.
The Lonely Planet Guide 2009 said:
"When it comes to a bit of classy charm, Whitby blows all Northern England's coastal resorts out of the water. Whitby manages to retain much of its 18th century character. The narrow medieval streets are lined with restaurants, pubs and cute little shops, and everything leads down to the handsome harbour, where colourful fishing boats move in and out.Keeping a watchful eye over the whole scene is the ruined and utterly atmospheric abbey.The fish and chips in Whitby are the best you will find in the whole country".
G. P. Taylor wrote inThe Guardian in July 2009:
"There standing before you is the ruined facade of Whitby Abbey. Incredibly gothic and breathtaking, it is quite understandable why Whitby inspired the imagination of writers such as Bram Stoker and Lewis Carroll. With its ancient, narrow streets, luscious shops and breathtaking harbour, the town oozes mystery and charm. Taking the steps from the church of St Mary to the street below, the views bombard the senses to overloading".
"Whitby is the Country's best day out".
According to readers of The Daily Mail voting in 2008.
"No 1 of the 50 Best British Holidays"
The Observer, in its prestigious 2007 Guide to the 50 Best British Holidays, voted Whitby as Number 1, saying, "Charming, eccentric and lots of fun - in short everything a British holiday should be.... this handsome fishing town offers a beguiling mix of gravitas and low rent seaside fun. Everybody should stay at Whitby at least once".