On Yorkshire’s east coast lies the historic town of Whitby, which on the surface may seem like just another (albeit picturesque) English seaside destination but don’t be fooled, Whitby has a rich past shrouded in mystery and all things gothic. Perhaps most famously, it is the home of Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel. Visitors to the area can even take a Dracula walk - a circular 4.5 mile route that encompasses all the landmarks and coastal paths that Stoker references in the gothic novel. The walk begins at Whitby Abbey (a great attraction itself) and slopes up towards the cliff top path which offers great views of Stoker’s beloved Whitby Skyline. Mid way through the walk you can take a seat on the Dracula Memorial Bench which commemorates Bram Stokers life and marks the spot from which Mina saw Lucy on the opposite cliff in Dracula. The walk ends with a climb up the 199 steps which lead to the churchyard of St Mary’s - another crucial destination in the novel.
While Whitby is a great place to enjoy an ice cream or fish and chips in the summer months, the best time to visit, to experience the full gothic magic, is Autumn, specifically the lead up to Halloween. Every year on the weekend before Halloween, Whitby celebrates its annual Goth Weekend - people flock from all across the country (and even the globe) to celebrate all things gothic, all the while dressed in some marvellous creations. Even if, like us, you don’t really know that much about goth culture or don’t fancy dressing up yourself, it’s still a wonderful event to observe which really plays into Whitby’s rich history.