A Guide to Whitby and Its Famous Connections.


What do Dracula and Alice in Wonderland have in common? Whitby! Bram Stoker often came to Whitby on holiday and heard about a schooner which ran aground at Whitby during a dreadful storm. Sounds familiar? It should because this is how Count Dracula ends up in Whitby. He then ran up the 199 steps leading […]

Lots of Places to Visit Around the Whitby Area.

Places to Visit Around Whitby As much as we love our hometown of Whitby, we also know there’s lots of fabulous places to visit nearby! In fact, you probably can’t get around them all in one visit … you’ll just have to come back for a return stay soon. In no particular order, we’ve listed […]

Visit Pannett Park in Whitby for a Lovely Day Out!

Things to do in Whitby

Visit Pannett Park During Your Stay in Whitby! One of Whitby’s most colourful and varied attractions is Pannett Park, which is just a ten-minute walk from the Riviera.* It’s got a fabulous play area and some of the most beautiful gardens in the area. The site, which has received Heritage Lottery Funding and Big Lottery […]

Whale and Dolphin Spotting from Whitby.

Whales and Dolphins Along the Yorkshire Coast We appreciate how lucky we are here at the Riviera Guesthouse … great guests, a terrific coastal town and superb support from everyone. How could this possibly be bettered? Well, it has been, believe it or not. How, we hear you ask? By seeing some of the most […]

Downton Abbey and Its Yorkshire Connections.


A Life of Luxury From the TV series that brought us some fantastic one-liners (“Does it ever get cold on the moral high ground?”), the cinematic film ‘Downton Abbey’ has been released. We went to see it at our local cinema before the arrival of Covid-19 and its restrictions. Watching the silver screen flicker into […]

The Famous Brontes on the Yorkshire Coast.

The Bronte’s and the Yorkshire Coast If you love reading, films or both, the chances are you’ve read or seen a movie version of a Bronte novel. The talented Bronte siblings lived in Yorkshire and loved their home county. Two of them had close connections with our lovely coast. And there’s a number of double […]

Discover Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ in Whitby.

Whitby Abbey

Did you know Alice in Wonderland has lots of Whitby connections? Curiouser and curiouser! How many of us say ‘white rabbits’ on the first day of a new month? Uttering the phrase is thought to bring good luck but only if it is said before midday. This got us thinking here at the Riviera Guesthouse […]

Top 10 Things To Do In Whitby.

Top Ten Things to do in Whitby! When a place boasts such a rich history, you can be sure to find many fascinating sights and revel in stories of old. Whitby is a town with a rich history and the inspiration for a wondrous tale or two… Bram Stoker’s Dracula who came ashore at Whitby […]

Our 20 Best Walks Whitby and Beyond for You to Try!

Walking is a great way help get fit, it can improve your sense of wellbeing and it is FREE! It just costs you some shoe leather, as the saying goes. We’ve chosen 20 of our favourite routes, suitable for a mix of abilities, from a gentle stroll to a sweat-inducing trek!