The forecast for the weekend is promising sunny days and you don’t want to stay at home wasting your precious time watching TV all day long, do you? So what about going on the adventure and spending a weekend in North Yorkshire!
Do you like history? Or even better, have you read the horror novel ‘Dracula’? Then come with me, North Yorkshire will welcome you with open arms. The tranquil countryside, lovely beaches and beautiful places are waiting for you to explore. Oh, wait a moment, I hear you say ‘but what has this all to do with Dracula?’ Read on, and I’ll tell you more.
Let’s start the trip in York
If you spend a few nights in Yorkshire without visiting York, you might hear people saying ‘whaaaaat? You didn’t go to York?’ So, I’d say, book your night in York and let’s start here. Check-in, leave your car at the carpark and hop on one of so many park and ride buses. York is a beautiful walled historic city rich in romantic ambience and fun activities. It is well known for its iconic York Minster, exquisite architecture and cobbled streets. You can enjoy hundreds of attractions. There are museums, historic buildings, tours, shops, restaurants and bars… you name it. Just pick whatever is closest to your heart and enjoy.
Next day, with a belly stuffed with hearty English breakfast, head to Scarborough, the largest seaside resort on the Yorkshire coast. Enjoy a lovely beach walk, admire beautiful lighthouse or discover past during your visit to Scarborough castle.
In the afternoon, hit the road again and set your sat nav to take you to a seaside town, Whitby. The ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey was an inspiration for the Bram Stoker’s horror novel ‘Dracula’. The ruin is situated above the little seaside town and offers a splendid view. The remains of the abbey church, now a famous landmark, are from the 13th century. In summer you can enjoy the legendary tale of Dracula performed live in the ruins of this atmospheric abbey. The three very talented actors will take you throughout the abbey and make you a part of the story. We had so much fun watching the performance, and guess who was the most impressed member of our family? Daddy!
But there is much more that Whitby has on offer including the best ice-cream I’ve ever had. Take a boat trip which will take you out into the open sea and you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area. There is even a pirate ship that can take you on an adventurous voyage unless it sank in meantime :).
Spend the night in Barnard Castle
Did you think that I suggested sleeping at the real castle? Nope. Barnard Castle is a historic market town in Teesdale and is named after the castle around which it grew up. Spending a night here will give you an opportunity to go for an evening walk around the ruins of the castle or if you are too tired you can start your exploring in the morning, right after your breakfast.
It is not only the name and the ruins so special about this little town but also the Bowes Musem which hosts a nationally renowned art collection. When we visited there was an exhibition of shoes! What a joy, I can tell you. The chateau-like building itself was purpose-built as a public art gallery for John Bowes and his wife Josephine. Unfortunately, they both died before it opened in 1892.
Only about 7 miles away is located the Raby Castle. It will take you only about 10 minutes to get there and trust me, it’s worth the visit. The majestic medieval castle is surrounded by 200 acres of deer park. The history of the estate goes back almost thousand years and the castle itself was built in the 14th century and it stands still today! It is famous not only for its size but for its art as well. What I love about it is that it’s still a private home and remains the seat of the Vane family, the Barons Barnard but it’s open to the public on a seasonal basis. Before you plan your visit, though, check their website for opening hours.
|Not living in the UK?|
If you are flying to England then you can land on Liverpool, Manchester and Doncaster Sheffield airport. Hiring a small car for a couple of days will cost you under £25. Accommodation is around £60 per night per room but if you are not fussed about the number of stars you can find even cheaper places. YHA hostels offer fantastic value for money.