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Destination of the month

The Destination of the month? Whitby!

From the atmospheric Abbey towering over winding cobbled streets to the windswept beach and working harbour, Whitby is not your traditional coastal town.

An Enjoy England award winner for Best Day Out, be sure to sample Yorkshire's best fish and chips, discover ancient vampire legends and sit under the whale bone arch, watching the brightly coloured fishing vessels passing by.

Discover and enjoy!



There's a real mixture of accommodation when it comes to Whitby, from cosy to luxurious. Here's a few highlights:

The 80-acre Raithwaite Estate with its landscaped grounds is located in the coastal North Yorkshire countryside. Luxurious rooms within The Hall and Keep buildings feature alongside an indoor pool, spa, sauna, gym, 2 restaurants and 2 bars. With luxurious bathrobes, spacious beds and an en suite bathroom, all rooms on the Raithwaite Estate are individually designed. Some also feature a balcony or terrace with stunning views of the landscaped grounds.

Dillons of Whitby - Overlooking the beautiful Pannet Park, and just a stones throw from the town centre, Dillons provides everything you need for your perfect stay in Whitby. With the added benefit of private parking, Dillons combines contemporary elegance and modern convenience with traditional warmth and hospitality, and the owners are sure you will want to return time after time!

Thistlebank Townhouse offers luxury accommodation with complete exclusivity and privacy in central Whitby. This private Georgian Townhouse to rent is amongst the most distinguished accommodation on the Yorkshire coast. The lavish interiors make this home an ideal retreat. Suitable for all types of guest, Thistlebank has been used for executive corporate retreats, getaways with friends, large families and couples looking for luxury accommodation in Whitby.

Yorkshire Coastal Cottages specialise in Four, Five and Five Star Gold luxury self-catering cottages - ranging from stunning holiday cottages with sea views to elegant period townhouses - all carefully selected for your dream holiday. Of their properties, Albany House is a stunning Georgian townhouse beautifully furnished throughout with private parking, just a stroll to the beach, harbour, shops, restaurants and bars that sleeps 8/9 people whilst The Beach House is a beautiful, luxurious house just yards from the beach with most rooms having fabulous sea views.

Established for over forty years, Ingrid Flute's Yorkshire Holiday Cottages have a long history in providing quality self-catering accommodation. They have a large selection of cottages throughout Yorkshire including a great selection in Whitby.

Wentworth House is a bed and breakfast establishment located in the town. This is a small, friendly family-run guest house and your four legged friends are welcome too! A central location for beach, town pubs, restaurant and all the facilities of the North York Coast and North York Moors National Park. Children of all ages very welcome!

The Port Hole Sandsend Cottages - This luxury suite offers a romantic B&B getaway for two adults in an independent building. A bedroom with a 6 foot bed, cosy sitting room, bath and shower room and a small kitchenette makes this an ideal retreat. Breakfast will be left for you to have at your leisure either looking out to sea through the picture french window or on your own private terrace with stunning sea views.

Food and Drink

Fancy something to eat and drink in Whitby - well there's plenty of great choices:

You can't come to this patch without enjoying some fish and chips, so here's a few of the best:

Quayside - For the UK's best fish and chip shop, look no further than Quayside Whitby, winner of the prestigious Fish and Chip Shop of the Year, 2014. The restaurant and take-away is situated right on the harbour side on Pier Road in Whitby with stunning views over the harbour, up to Whitby Abbey and out to sea.

Magpie Cafe - Housed in a distinctive black and white building overlooking the harbour, the Magpie Café is in a prime position for you to enjoy the fabulous views of Whitby at the same time as sampling our wide selection of meals. Their specialities include dishes that use prime fresh local fish, seafood and specially selected ingredient.

Trenchers Restaurant - Situated in the heart of Whitby on New Quay Road, opposite the Tourist Information Centre and Train Station. Trenchers Offers relaxed, Italian Style surroundings, with Marble Surfaces and Granite Dining Tables. They have a gallery Kitchen, allowing customers to watch as their meals are prepared.

Royal Fisheries - Established in Whitby since 1968, Royal Fisheries is a family-run traditional fish and chip shop and café in a town world-famous for fish and chips! The Fusco family started producing fish & chips in the 1950s in Pickering, North Yorkshire. In 1968 they moved to Whitby and bought the Royal Fisheries.

The best of the rest:

RomeroJo's - These guys are the only Costa Rican restaurant in the whole of the U.K. & they import premium Costa Rican coffees of the highest quality, exclusively. At RomeroJo's licensed restaurant there's something for everyone; from Mexican & Caribbean favourites to the exquisite flavours of Costa Rica, Peru, Cuba along with some American classics. A choice of beer & wines are available, plus RomeroJo's popular home-made rhum punch.

Fortunes Smokehouse is a traditional smokehouse established by Mr. Fortune in 1872. The business has since been taken over by Mr. Fortunes Nephew Mr. Brown and continues to supply the very best smoked kippers.

Places to visit

Whitby is packed full of fun-filled delights, and here are some of the highlights:

Whitby Abbey with it's gaunt, imposing remains, recently named Britain's most romantic ruin is set high on a cliff above this Yorkshire seaside town. Founded in 657 by St Hilda, Whitby Abbey has over the years been a bustling settlement, a kings' burial place, the setting for a historic meeting between Celtic and Roman clerics, the home of saints including the poet Caedmon, and inspiration for Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. Discover how over 2,000 years of history make the Abbey one of England's most important archaeological sites. And at the interactive visitor centre your family can view archaeological finds spectacular audio-visual displays.

For lovers of the great outdoors, Whitby neach offers something for everyone. Blue flag waters for those who like a paddle. Fascinating rock pools for those interested in the local marine life. Spectacular cliffs steeped in geological history for the visitng explorers and clean sandy beaches for those who just let to relax in the sunshine and soak up the atmosphere. Chalets are available to hire during the summer months, and a cliff lift offers a quick and convenient trip up and down the cliffs for when there is just too much to carry.

Captain Cook Memorial Museum - This handsome 17thC harbourside house is where the great explorer, James Cook, came to serve his apprenticeship in Whitby in the year 1746. It belonged to Cook's master, the Quaker ship owner, Captain John Walker. When the young Cook was not at sea, he lodged here in the attic with Walker's 'other family' of apprentices. The house is now a museum. It houses a superb collection of original exhibits about Yorkshire's most famous son. See letters in Cook's own hand, original paintings and drawings, ship models and maps, and strange objects from newly discovered lands!

Whitby Dracula Society 1897 - Follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker, on a expertly guided walk around Victorian Whitby, as he gains inspiration for his classic horror novel Dracula. They undertake bespoke walking tours, both day and night at times to suit you and aim to cover all the key sites, of interest to both vampire buffs and the wider public, and they are more than happy to answer any Dracula related questions you may have.

Bramstocker Dracula Experience - The Dracula Experience is a unique tour through the Dracula story and the connection to Whitby. Using animated scenes, electronic special effects and live actors.

What's the best way of travelling to and from Whitby? Well there's only one answer here, via the North Yorkshire Moors Railway! Step back in time with Britain's most popular heritage steam railway. Enjoy stunning scenery along 18 miles of railway through the National Park. Also Pullman dining services operate at evenings and weekends throughout the year. The NYMR was voted Best Visitor Attraction winner 2007 & 2009 by the Moors & Coast Tourism Partnership.


Navigating Whitby

Divided by the River Esk, the town splits into two distinct halves joined by a swing bridge: the cobbled old town to the East, and the newer (though mostly eighteenth- and nineteenth-century) town across the bridge, generally known as West Cliff.

The atmospheric Old Town

One hundred and ninety nine steps take you down from the cliff top into the Old Town's maze of narrow streets and shops selling antiques, crafts, and jewellery made from locally-mined Whitby jet. Cobbled Church Street is the Old Town's main thoroughfare, barely changed in aspect since the eighteenth century, though now lined with tearooms and gift shops.

Parallel Sandgate has more of the same, the two streets meeting at the small marketplace where souvenirs and trinkets are sold; there's a farmer's market here every Thursday.


Just outside of Whitby are some amazing things to eat, see and do. Two highlights are:

Explore the Moors! Picturesque, tranquil, wonderful, the North York Moors are a breath of fresh air. Comprising over 1,400 miles of natural beauty, this enchanting region is home to heather moorland, pine forests, rolling hills and shimmering coastline, not to mention badgers, roe deer and hawks. Look closer and you'll discover historic abbeys, castles and priories, traditional pubs and 'hidden' villages and hamlets.

ukLANDROVERevents provide 4x4 Off Road Driving Tuition amd 4x4 Experience Days. Giving you the opportunity to tour North Yorkshire both on and off road in our new Land Rover Defender 110 with an experience guide/instructor alongside you. You don't share with any other customers, but you may bring up to 3 guests to sit in the back or share some of the driving. Great fun!

Fancy a slightly quieter beach, then you're spoilt for choice in this patch. Robin Hood's Bay is Yorkshire's coastline at its most raw and elemental. Here, brooding cliffs tower over a huddle of red roofed former fishing cottages that spill right down to the edge of the sea, creating a ‘lost in time' getaway for anyone who loves unusual architecture and breathtaking scenery. Alternatively head to Runswick Bay - small sheltered beach with rock pools either side of the bay. The beach is in front of a charming village which plays host to a sailing club as well as a number of pleasure and fishing boats. Ideal for families and walkers.

Main Event

Whitby is absolutely packed full of culture and this is represented in two of their main events:

Whitby Goth Weekend - twice a year

Whitby Goth Weekend has something for everyone with an interest in goth and all things alternative. A celebration of the non-conformity, diversity and freedom of expression the scene embodies. This twice-yearly event held at the Whitby Pavilion has grown into one of the most popular Gothic events in the world, attracting all generations from across the UK and around the world.

As well as Goths, there are Punks, Steampunks, Emos, Bikers, Metallers and all manner of weird and wonderful characters, all of which are welcomed through the Pavilion's doors.

Bram Stoker International Film Festival - 23-27 October 2014

The Bram Stoker International Film Festival is now in its 6th year and has quickly expanded into one of the biggest and most unique genre festivals in the country. Originally devised as a means to show off Bram Stokers undeniable influence on horror cinema and literature the festival has grown into a celebration of all things dark and macabre.

With Whitby, the literary birthplace of Dracula as its setting, the Bram Stoker International Film Festival is soaked in atmosphere and surrounded by history.

Whitby Folk Week - each year around August

Whitby Folk Week is a long-standing celebration of the traditional music, dance and song of the British Isles has taken on the trappings of a tradition in its own right. With over 600 events covering workshops, concerts, singarounds, dances, sessions, street entertainment and the extensive ‘fringe' events that blossom spontaneously.