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Whitby

Whitby is famous for many things: it's a traditional seaside resort with Blue Flag beaches, and has some of the best fish and chips around. But there's so much more to it...

Just a little bit about Whitby...

Fish and Chips; History and Culture; Views and Festivals; Vampires and Goths: it’s all on offer at Whitby, one of the Yorkshire Coast’s best-loved seaside towns. With its intriguing characters and good transport links, Whitby is the perfect base for a holiday.
Whitby

West Cliff is worth a visit, it's full of fun with paddling pool, skateboard park, bumper boats, trampolines and crazy golf. West Cliff is also home to Whitby Leisure Centre, tea dances and movies at the Whitby Pavilion Complex, and the famous Whalebone Arch.

Whitby's History

Historians will enjoy finding out about its connection to Captain Cook and the role it played in the whaling and jet industries; steam fans can board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at its northernmost station; and those with a literary bent can follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
St Mary's at Whitby
Don’t miss the opportunity to Discover Whitby from a different view and get out on the water or take the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey, where you will be rewarded with a stunning scene looking over the town.

Bram Stoker's Dracula

If ever a town was associated with a literary character, it's Whitby and Count Dracula. Author Bram Stoker stayed in Whitby in the late 1800s, and was so inspired by its ruined abbey and clifftop church he created his most famous character. Dracula arrives in this country after his ship runs aground off Whitby, and runs up the famous 199 steps in the guise of a black dog.

Bram Stokers Dracula
Visit the spine-chilling Dracula Experience, look out for one of the regular Dracula events run by English Heritage at Whitby's dramatic abbey or join a guided 'In Search of Dracula' Whitby Walk.

Whitby Abbey

Founded by St Hilda in the 7th century AD, the majestic Benedictine Whitby Abbey inspired many writers from Caedmon, the earliest known English poet, Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula, and Michel Faber, whose murder mystery The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps is set in and around the Abbey.

 

Whitby Abbey

In the care of English Heritage, the Abbey's imaginative visitor centre is behind the classical frontage of a mansion house which once belonged to the Cholmley family, and worth a visit in its own right.

Setting Sail

The best way to explore Whitby's rich maritime history has to be by actually getting out on the water. Take a trip on board the Bark Endeavour, a 40% sized replica of Captain Cook's ship built by local craftsmen. Join a whale-watching trip - species spotted over the last few years have included minke, fin, sei, northern and humpbacks, as well as seals, dolphins and porpoises.

Whitby LifeboatOr enjoy a pleasure trip aboard the venerable former Whitby lifeboat the Mary Ann Hepworth - dating from the '30s, she was one of the RNLI's longest serving boats.

Plan Your Visit to Whitby

 
Whitby Pavilion

Whitby Pavilion

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

What's On In Whitby

What's On In Whitby

Events from
date event
Thu 23 Mar Fences (12a) at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Sat 18 Feb - Fri 31 Mar Kamchatka to Krakatoa: the Cook Voyages in Asia at Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby, Whitby
Tue 27 Sep - Tue 28 Mar Tea Dances with Ray Kirk at Crystal Lounge, Whitby
Thu 23 Mar Victoria 2015 subtitled at Whitby Coliseum, Whitby
Sat 25 Mar Let’s Move 2017!: Hannah Verity Dance Studios at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Sun 26 Mar Hidden Figures (PG) at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Sun 26 Mar Indoor Car Boot at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby

Discover Events in Whitby

Fences

Fences (12a)

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Thu 23 Mar 2017

Running Time: 139 mins Rating: 12a Friday 17 March: 7.30pm Saturday 18 March: 7.30pm Thursday 23 March: 2.30pm

Captain Cook Museum

Kamchatka to Krakatoa: the Cook Voyages in Asia

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 18 Feb - Fri 31 Mar 2017

It is not often realised that Captain Cook's ships sailed the length of the Asian coast from the icy coasts and smoking volcanoes of Kamchatka in Eastern Siberia, to the sleeping giant of Krakatoa in modern Indonesia.

Tea Dances with Ray Kirk

Tea Dances with Ray Kirk

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Tue 27 Sep 2016 - Tue 28 Mar 2017

We invite you to put on your dancing shoes and dance the afternoon away in the wonderful surroundings of The Northern Lights Suite.

Victoria 2015

Victoria 2015 subtitled

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Thu 23 Mar 2017

The young heroine of the German film Victoria really does have a busy night on the town.

Let's Move 2017

Let’s Move 2017!: Hannah Verity Dance Studios

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 25 Mar 2017

Hannah Verity Dance Studios Presents ‘Let’s Move 2017!’ Choreographed and Directed by Hannah Barnett-Savage.

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures (PG)

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sun 26 Mar 2017

Running Time: 127 mins Rating: PG Sunday 26 March: 2.30pm Monday 27 March: 7.30pm Wednesday 29 March: 7.30pm

Whitby Pavilion

Indoor Car Boot

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sun 26 Mar 2017

Are you looking to earn some extra cash? Declutter your home? Or need somewhere to sell your arts & crafts?

Patriots Day

Patriots Day (15)

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sun 26 Mar 2017

Running Time: 133 mins Rating: 15 Sunday 26 March: 7.30pm Monday 27 March: 2.30pm Tuesday 28 March: 7.30pm

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures (PG)

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Mon 27 Mar 2017

Running Time: 127 mins Rating: PG Sunday 26 March: 2.30pm Monday 27 March: 7.30pm Wednesday 29 March: 7.30pm

Patriots Day

Patriots Day (15)

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Mon 27 Mar 2017

Running Time: 133 mins Rating: 15 Sunday 26 March: 7.30pm Monday 27 March: 2.30pm Tuesday 28 March: 7.30pm

Patriots Day

Patriots Day (15)

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Tue 28 Mar 2017

Running Time: 133 mins Rating: 15 Sunday 26 March: 7.30pm Monday 27 March: 2.30pm Tuesday 28 March: 7.30pm

Ray Kirk

Tea Dances with Ray Kirk

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Tue 28 Mar 2017

We invite you to put on your dancing shoes and dance the afternoon away in the wonderful surroundings of The Northern Lights Suite.

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures (PG)

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Wed 29 Mar 2017

Running Time: 127 mins Rating: PG Sunday 26 March: 2.30pm Monday 27 March: 7.30pm Wednesday 29 March: 7.30pm

Music Hall

A Grand Music Hall and Variety Extravaganza

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 1 Apr 2017

For One Night only, join Friends of Whitby Pavilion for a Fabulous Feast of Melody and Mirth as they return with a packed show celebrating the good old days of music hall and variety.

Captain Cook Museum

Kamchatka to Krakatoa: the Cook Voyages in Asia

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 1 Apr - Sun 5 Nov 2017

It is not often realised that Captain Cook's ships sailed the length of the Asian coast from the icy coasts and smoking volcanoes of Kamchatka in Eastern Siberia, to the sleeping giant of Krakatoa in modern Indonesia.

The Fits

The Fits (12a)

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 1 Apr 2017

Running Time: 72 mins Rating: 12a Saturday 1 April: 11.00am Sunday 2 April: 2.30pm Thursday 6 April: 7.30pm

Whitby Pavilion

Indoor Car Boot

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sun 2 Apr 2017

Are you looking to earn some extra cash? Declutter your home? Or need somewhere to sell your arts & crafts?

The Fits

The Fits (12a)

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sun 2 Apr 2017

Running Time: 72 mins Rating: 12a Saturday 1 April: 11.00am Sunday 2 April: 2.30pm Thursday 6 April: 7.30pm

Great Wall

The Great Wall (12a)

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sun 2 Apr 2017

Running Time: 103 mins Rating: 12a Sunday 2 April: 7.30pm Monday 3 April: 2.30pm Tuesday 4 April: 7.30pm

Great Wall

The Great Wall (12a)

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Mon 3 Apr 2017

Running Time: 103 mins Rating: 12a Sunday 2 April: 7.30pm Monday 3 April: 2.30pm Tuesday 4 April: 7.30pm

Great Wall

The Great Wall (12a)

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Tue 4 Apr 2017

Running Time: 103 mins Rating: 12a Sunday 2 April: 7.30pm Monday 3 April: 2.30pm Tuesday 4 April: 7.30pm

Count Arthur Strong

Count Arthur Strong: The Sound of Mucus

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Wed 5 Apr 2017

Komedia Entertainment and Live Nation Presents Count Arthur Strong: The Sound of Mucus

The Fits

The Fits (12a)

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Thu 6 Apr 2017

Running Time: 72 mins Rating: 12a Saturday 1 April: 11.00am Sunday 2 April: 2.30pm Thursday 6 April: 7.30pm

Kong

Kong: Skull Island (12a)

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 7 Apr 2017

Running Time: 118 mins Rating: 12a Friday 7 April 2017: 7.30pm Saturday 8 April 2017: 7.30pm Monday 10 April 2017: 3.00pm Tuesday 11 April 2017: 3.00pm Wednesday 12 April 2017: 3.00pm