Clinging to the hillside, Staithes is an unmissable destination to explore. From the winding cobbled streets to the charming 18th century cottages, you’ll find this coastal village is full of character.

Staithes was once one of the largest fishing ports in the North East, now this hillside gem is a treasured based for exploring Yorkshire’s cliff top paths and discovering the delights of rock pooling and fossil hunting on the small sandy beach.

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Stay in Staithes

There’s a lot of accommodation in Staithes to choose from, with a great choice of in particular self catering holiday cottages. As the village is slightly off the beaten track, it’s an excellent choice for those who like a quieter seaside break, and enjoy strolls along the seaside over brighter lights and attractions. Also see our complete hotels in Staithes page.

Hampdon Cottage

Chapel Yard, Staithes, TS19 5BS

Dotty’s Coastal Retreat

28 High Street, Staithes, TS13 5BQ

Kurnell Cottage

41 Staithes Lane, Staithes, TS13 5AH

Cliff Road

30 Cliff Rd, Staithes, TS13 5AE, UK

Sea Haven

1 Barrass Square, Staithes, TS13 5DF

Toffee Crackle House

Toffee Crackle House, High Street, Staithes, TS13 5VQ

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Facts About Staithes

  1. Staithes is a small fishing village located on the North Yorkshire coast.
  2. The village is situated within the North York Moors National Park.
  3. Staithes was once one of the largest fishing ports on the North East coast.
  4. The village is known for its narrow, winding streets and traditional red-roofed cottages.
  5. Staithes is home to the Staithes Heritage Centre, which celebrates the life of the famous explorer Captain Cook.
  6. The village has been used as a filming location for several TV shows and movies, including the popular children’s series “Old Jack’s Boat”.
  7. Staithes is a popular destination for artists and has been home to several famous painters, including Dame Laura Knight and George Weatherill.
  8. The village has a small beach, which is popular with families and surfers.
  9. Staithes is located on the Cleveland Way, a long-distance footpath that runs along the North Yorkshire coast.
  10. The village hosts an annual arts festival, which attracts visitors from all over the country.

Staithes on the Map

You’ll find Staithes in between Saltburn and Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast, slightly closer to the former than the latter, but a simple drive along the A174 to either town.

Getting to Staithes by Train

Staithes does not have a train station since the 1950s, so rail passengers should disembark at Whitby or Saltburn (both served on the Middlesbrough line by Northern, but taking differing routes). East coast mainline passengers will generally disembark at Darlington, to take a train to either destination via Middlesbrough.

The final journey will need to be taken in a motor vehicle – either a taxi or a bus.

Rail map of the region around Staithes

FAQs about Staithes

What is Staithes known for?

Staithes is known for its picturesque fishing village, stunning coastal scenery, and rich history as a hub for the North Yorkshire fishing industry.

What are some popular activities to do in Staithes?

Visitors to Staithes can enjoy exploring the village’s narrow streets and quaint shops, hiking along the nearby cliffs and beaches, and taking boat tours to see the local wildlife and fishing boats in action.

Are there any famous landmarks or attractions in Staithes?

Yes, Staithes is home to several notable landmarks, including the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre, and the Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat Station.

What is the best time of year to visit Staithes?

The best time to visit Staithes is during the summer months, when the weather is warm and sunny and the village is bustling with tourists and locals alike.

Is Staithes a family-friendly destination?

Yes, Staithes is a great destination for families, with plenty of outdoor activities and attractions to keep kids of all ages entertained. However, visitors should be aware that the village’s narrow streets and steep hills may not be suitable for prams or wheelchairs.

Where Next After Staithes

After visiting the charming fishing village of Staithes, North Yorkshire, visitors should consider heading to the nearby town of Whitby. This historic town is famous for its association with Bram Stoker’s Dracula and boasts a stunning abbey that sits atop a hill overlooking the sea. Visitors can also explore the quaint cobbled streets, browse the independent shops, and sample some of the famous Whitby fish and chips.

Another great option for visitors to Yorkshire is to explore the North York Moors National Park. This vast area of natural beauty is home to rolling hills, heather moorland, and ancient woodlands. Visitors can hike or cycle through the park, taking in the stunning scenery and spotting wildlife such as red deer and birds of prey. The park is also home to several picturesque villages, including Hutton-le-Hole and Rosedale Abbey, where visitors can stop for a bite to eat or a drink in a traditional pub.

View more places in North Yorkshire. Also enjoy the North York Moors, Yorkshire Coast and Howardian Hills.