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WhitbyUnited Kingdom

Whitby is a small seaside town located on the North Yorkshire coast, between Scarborough and Redcar in the North East of England.

There is a variety of accommodation types to choose from when visiting Whitby, with seaside bed & breakfasts and hotels along the seaside attracting many visitors throughout the year.

One of the main historical attractions of Whitby is the stunning St. Hilda’s Abbey, which is perched on the edge of a clifftop overlooking the town itself. The abbey was built in the 7th Century and was home to the first known English poet before being left to ruins. However, it’s still an impressive heritage site to check out. Near the abbey you will also find one hundred and ninety-nine steps cut in to the cliff-face. The area is also known for its association with Bram Stoker and the story of Dracula.

Much of Whitby’s status has come from its importance as a sea port. One of Whitby’s attractions is a scaled replica of Captain Cook’s ship, the Endeavour. It is possible to enjoy a trip on the ship during the warmer months when the weather is calm.

Boat lovers and visitors in general will enjoy a stroll around the extensive harbour area, admiring the many different types of craft at their berths, or even availing themselves of a pleasure cruise or chartered fishing trip. The harbour itself is a great place to wander around with many quaint gift shops to explore. Depending on how successful the village fishing fleet has been that day, a fish market might be set up at Whitby harbour where the catch of the day is auctioned to merchants, making for a great spectacle for all to see.

When in Whitby take the opportunity to explore the rest of North Yorkshire with a day trip to York. The National Railway Museum in York is a great place to visit, with a wonderful collection of trains, carriages and railway memorabilia on display throughout. To make the most of your visit to the museum you will need at least half a day to explore it fully.

Take the whole family and explore the world famous Jorvik Viking Centre in York, arguably the UK’s most popular tourist attractions. One of the most famous and astounding discoveries in recent archaeological times, this truly ground breaking exhibition allows you to not only experience Viking life in York, but also gives you the chance to meet a ‘Viking’.

Take a trip outside of York and visit Rievaulx Abbey, a real place of serenity. Spend an afternoon wondering around the site and allow yourself to imagine what life may have been like when the abbey was up and running many years ago.

Top hotels in Whitby

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Esplanade Hotel
The Esplanade Hotel
3 out of 5
2 The Esplanade, Whitby, England
The price is £73 per night

Situated in Whitby, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Whitby Beach and Whitby Pavilion. Whitby Harbour and Whitby Abbey are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (503 reviews)

"Reasonably small but very clean room and en-suite. Functional and in a good location. We would book again"…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2020

The Esplanade Hotel
The Stables at Cross Butts
The Stables at Cross Butts
4 out of 5
Cross Butts Stable Restaurant, Guisborough Road, Whitby, England
The price is £110 per night

Situated by the sea, this inn is within 3 miles (5 km) of Whitby Museum, Whitby Beach and Whitby Harbour. Whitby Pavilion and Whitby Abbey are also within 3 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (74 reviews)

"Lovely place, lovely people."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2020

The Stables at Cross Butts
Raven House
Raven House
3 out of 5
Victoria Terrace, Whitby, England
The price is £90 per night

Situated on the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Robin Hood's Bay Museum and Robin Hood's Bay Beach. Old Coastguard Station Visitor's Centre ...

5/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)

"Very good location and very nice host and very good breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2020

Raven House

Popular places to visit in Whitby

Whitby Abbey
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Whitby Abbey

4.5/5(247 reviews)

Unravel the story behind Dracula in this dramatic 13th-century monastery and enjoy its intricate carvings, fascinating stories and spectacular coastal views.

Robin Hood's Bay Beach
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Robin Hood's Bay Beach

4.5/5(203 reviews)

Explore the rugged coastline and beach of this quirky coastal village where smugglers hid contraband using a network of tunnels.

Whitby Pavilion
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Whitby Pavilion

4/5(69 reviews)

Overlooking Whitby Bay is a Victorian-era theater that hosts a range of concerts, movie screenings, plays and festivals.

Whitby Harbour
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Whitby Harbour

4.5/5(446 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Whitby with a trip to Whitby Harbour. Wander the area's waterfront or simply enjoy one of its lively bars.

Whitby Beach
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Whitby Beach

4.5/5(210 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Whitby Beach, a popular beach in Whitby. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

Danby Castle
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Danby Castle

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Danby when you take a trip to Danby Castle. Stroll along the seaside in this culturally rich area or visit its lively bars.

Reviews of Whitby


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28 Mar 2020

Whitby is a lovely seaside town on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. There are lota of quaint shops and cobbled streets. Unfortunately I had to cut my visit short because of the Covid19 outbreak. But I intend to be back.

5/5 - Excellent

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14 Mar 2020

Love it - a wide range of pubs and restaurants catering for every budget - lots of unusual shops and experiences available - like sea trips etc - often there are themed weekends where visitors dress up in the theme - fantastic - lovely vibe!

5/5 - Excellent


7 Mar 2020

Will always love visiting Whitby. A timeless old town.

5/5 - Excellent


24 Feb 2020

We love whitby its our favourite British getaway

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

Love the area and at this time of year a little less noise on the streets

5/5 - Excellent


2 Jan 2020

Came across the 'Arch and Abbey' Pub in Whitby. Good beers, very friendly. Worth a visit.

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