I went to Whitby in Yorkshire for the weekend with my English class a few weeks ago. For those of you who don't know, Whitby is where Bram Stoker wrote Dracula and were a significant amount of the action in the novel takes place. I thought it might be nice to put together some of the photos I took with relevant Dracula quotes, so apologies for any terrible quality pics. So, without further ado...
WHITBY: A DRACULA PHOTO TOUR
'This is a lovely place.'
'The valley is beautifully green, and it is so steep that when you are on the high land on either side you can look right across'
'Right over the town is the ruin of Whitby Abbey, which was sacked by the Danes, and which is the scene of part of 'Marmion' where the girl was built up in the wall.'
'It is a most noble ruin, of immense size, and full of beautiful and romantic bits; there is a legend that a while lady is seen in one of the windows.'
'Between it and the town there is another church, the parish one, round which is a big graveyard, all full of tombstones.'
'It descends so steeply over the harbour that part of the bank has fallen away, and some of the graves have been destroyed'
'There are walls, with seats beside them, through the churchyard; and people go and sit there all day long looking at the beautiful view and enjoying the breeze.'
'The harbour lies below me... Between the two piers there is a narrow opening into the harbour, which then suddenly widens'
All of these quotes are from Mina's journal in chapter 6. This is before Dracula decides to hop over to England and freak everyone out (not good for him in the long term), which explains why everything seems calm at this point.
Whitby really was lovely! We stayed in Abbey House Youth Hostel, which I would recommend to anyone; it is cheap with nice rooms and is genuinely 30 seconds away from the Abbey. Fish and chips on the beach and a crazy Dracula ghost tour one night made for a very enjoyable weekend.
Here's an essay to read if you want a bit more Dracula!