Essential Whitby

With thousands of tourists flocking each year to grab a slice of the seaside town, it’s easy to see why with its undeniable charm. From exploring the adorable cobbled streets lined with unique boutiques to spending a day at the sweeping sandy beach, you won’t have to search far for stacks to do.

A town of two halves

When visiting Whitby, you’ll notice that it’s actually a town divided into two halves by the harbour and River Esk Estuary. The main crossing point is the central swing bridge linking west to east. On the east side is where you will find the narrow medieval cobbled lanes brimmed with shops to browse at your leisure. If you follow the maze of jumbled streets, you will come to the famous 99 steps leading up to the mesmerising Whitby Abbey. Looking across to the West Bank, a more modern view with traditional elements to a typical seaside resort such as amusement arcades and an abundance of Fish and Chip eateries of which some have been previously crowned the best in the UK.

Cobbled Lanes

Exploring the cobbled maze of side streets is an essential part of any trip to Whitby. Discover the unique range of shops lining the lanes trading everything from antiques to the famous Whitby Jet which has been stunningly hand-carved into dazzling jewellery pieces.

Haunting Tales and Historical Figures

The rich history of Whitby shines through at every turn. Overlooking the seaside resort is the ancient ruins of Whitby Abbey, a magnificent site which also inspired one of the most haunting vampire fables; Dracula. Author Bram Stoker drew inspiration from Whitby on a visit in 1890 where he stayed in a house on the West Cliff, following his trip, Dracula was born. Follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker and Dracula with Whitby Walks and uncover the spooky Victorian side of the town. Don’t miss the gothic-themed festivals which take place twice a year with a ghostly programme and fantastic live music.

Another iconic figure to hail from Whitby is the great explorer Captain James Cook who set sail on his first voyage. A replica of the Whitby-built ship can be found in Whitby Harbour to explore and even dine on. Furthermore, you can delve into the explorer’s life in Whitby with a visit to the Captain Cook Memorial Museum; the former 17th Century harbourside home now open to visitors.

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