Another classic Yorkshire novel in the gothic genre is Dracula, written in 1897 by Irish Author Bram Stoker. Since its publication, Dracula has inspired countless vampire stories both in film and books. The name and setting of this book were inspired by Bram Stoker’s holiday in Whitby in 1890, with the town mentioned as the place Dracula landed on a fictional shipwreck. Other references to Whitby are made throughout the novel, including the towns red roofs and the ruins of the Gothic Whitby Abbey.
The novel has made Whitby a hot spot for the gothic community as well as those looking to explore a seaside town full of character. Stay at local accommodation in Robin Hoods Bay to enjoy some of the UK’s beautiful coastal walks and stop by attractions such as the Whitby Abbey and the harbourside.
Joey from Infinite & Darling continues to tell us: “Dracula is one of the greatest classics ever written, and Whitby is definitely one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The atmosphere is set perfectly in Count Dracula's castle in deep Transylvania and the transition to the ruins of Whitby Abbey makes it the perfect read to explore the Yorkshire coast.
“Living close to Whitby also means I can experience that most atmospheric of places - especially during the darker months of the year when it suddenly feels a little bit too much like Dracula may be near!”
If you really want to immerse yourself into the famous horror novel, you should visit the Dracula Experience. Enjoy the thrills of a unique tour where you’ll learn more about Dracula’s connection to Whitby though animated scenes, special effects and live actors.
A Kestrel for a Knave, Barnsley
A famous story about a troubled teenager growing up in the small mining town of Barnsley is from Barry Hine’s A Kestrel for a Knave. It depicts working-class Yorkshire, and the hardship that comes with it, through the life of Billy Casper, a boy who discovers a new lease of life when he finds a kestrel hawk.
A Kestrel for a Knave is a favourite Yorkshire book of Dane’s, from Social Bookshelves, a book blog featuring inciteful reviews. Dane comments: “We studied A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines at school and I re-read it a couple of years ago and still enjoyed it. I think the characters themselves reflected the fact that they were born and raised in working-class Yorkshire. But I can also see why it would be a perfect location for historical fiction and even crime novels as well because of the unique landscapes and history.”
We also spoke to Matt from Teen Librarian to find out which books he has read and why he thinks people visit places mentioned in their favourite book: “I have read several books set in Yorkshire, one being A Kestrel for a Knave. I think people visit places they read about as sometimes an author can ignite a passion and excitement for a place the reader may have never seen before and they fall in love with it and are drawn there to experience it in person for the first time.”
The secret garden, Helmsley Walled Garden