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.