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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 discover here...

Just a little bit about Whitby...

Fish and Chips; History and Culture; Jaw-dropping Views; 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 seaside holiday.
Whitby

West Cliff is full of fun. Here you will find a 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 - an essential Whitby selfie spot.

Whitby's History

Historians will enjoy finding out about the town's 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 re-enact Harry Potter's train journey to Hogwarts, whilst those with a literary bent can follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker who was inspired to pen his cult classic Dracula after encountering Whitby's gothic architecture.
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 view across the town, harbour and surrounding bays.

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
Sat 1 Apr - Sun 5 Nov Kamchatka to Krakatoa: the Cook Voyages in Asia at Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby, Whitby
Sat 24 Jun Armed Forces Day at Whitby Town, Whitby
Sat 24 Jun Coast to Coast In a Day at Whitby Town, Whitby
Sat 24 Jun Full Nelson at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Sat 24 - Sun 25 Jun Glaisdale Open Gardens at Glaisdale, Whitby
Sat 24 Jun Kayak Adventure at Boggle Hole Youth Hostel, Whitby
Sun 2 Jul Whitby Area Music Centre Does The 70's at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby

Discover Events in Whitby

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.

Whitby Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day

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Sat 24 Jun 2017

Whitby Armed Forces Day 2017 will take place on Saturday 24th June on New Quay Road.

Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast In a Day

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 24 Jun 2017

An iconic route cycled by hundreds of people every year, usually over 4 or 5 days. What better way to tick off this iconic cycle than by doing it in one day?

Full Nelson

Full Nelson

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 24 Jun 2017

Willie Nelson is without doubt one of the most recognisable figures in Country music the world has ever seen.

Whitby

Whitby Area Music Centre Does The 70's

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sun 2 Jul 2017

Whitby Music Centre present an evening of music and costume from the 1970s.

Northern Soul Weekender 2017

Northern Soul Weekender 2017

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 7 - Sun 9 Jul 2017

Two huge rooms at the Whitby Pavilion offering Northern Soul Classics, Motown favourites plus current In - demanders on a superb dancefloor).

Boat

Blessing of the Boats - Whitby

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Sun 9 Jul 2017

Reflecting the town's seafaring traditions this service has been taking place since the 1960s dating back to the time of the herring fleets.

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Teddy Bears Picnic

Whitby (2 miles, 3 km)

Sun 9 Jul 2017

Children can bring their favourite teddy along to Raithwaite to experience an afternoon of fun filled energetic shows jam packed with juggling, unicycling, magic, puppets, circus skills, mind boggling balloon modeling and much more.

Elvis - The Legacy Show Starring Mark Summers

Elvis - The Legacy Show Starring Mark Summers

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 14 Jul 2017

This fantastic new theatre show features the official UK No. 1 Elvis tribute and winner of the national tribute awards: Mark Summers as the young Elvis Presley.

A taste of smuggling-Guided walk

A Taste of Smuggling

Whitby (5 miles, 8 km)

Sat 15 Jul 2017

Enjoy a one hour gentle stroll around the smuggling haunts of old Baytown, followed by a beer tasting session. Includes a free bottle of beer.

Robin Hoods Bay

A 'Taste of Smuggling' Guided Walk

Robin Hood's Bay (5 miles, 7 km)

Sat 15 Jul 2017

Discover the hidden smuggling secrets of Robin Hood’s Bay this Easter. On Saturday 15 April at 5pm, Paul Johnston of Baytown Beers will be leading ‘A Taste of Smuggling’ guided walk followed by a beer tasting.

The Great Seaside Vintage Fair

The Great Seaside Vintage Fair 2017

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 22 - Sun 23 Jul 2017

The vintage fair with a sea view - the Great Seaside Vintage Fair returns for its 7th year at Whitby Pavilion on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 July 2017.

Whitby Rising Music Festival

Whitby Rising Music Festival

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 22 Jul 2017

Check out the newest music festival on the coast- Whitby Rising Music Festival will have various acts from an mixture of genres.

Lythe Chamber Music Course

Lythe Chamber Music Summer Course 2017

Whitby (4 miles, 6 km)

Tue 25 - Sat 29 Jul 2017

Set in the historic coastal village of Lythe, the Lythe Chamber Music Summer Course 2017 offers a unique opportunity to explore a wide range of solo and ensemble repertoire for historical winds and strings and early keyboards.

Whitby Lions

Whitby & District Lion's 8th Charity Beer Festival

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Thu 27 - Sun 30 Jul 2017

Whitby & District Lion’s 8th Charity Beer Festival aims to raise money for various local charities and good causes that Whitby Lions support.

Whitby Steampunk

Whitby Steampunk Weekend

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 28 - Sun 30 Jul 2017

Another splendid weekend awaits Beyond The Sea, down Whitby way.

A taste of smuggling-Guided walk

A Taste of Smuggling

Whitby (5 miles, 8 km)

Sat 29 Jul 2017

Enjoy a one hour gentle stroll around the smuggling haunts of old Baytown, followed by a beer tasting session. Includes a free bottle of beer.

Robin Hoods Bay

A 'Taste of Smuggling' Guided Walk

Robin Hood's Bay (5 miles, 7 km)

Sat 29 Jul 2017

Discover the hidden smuggling secrets of Robin Hood’s Bay this Easter. On Saturday 15 April at 5pm, Paul Johnston of Baytown Beers will be leading ‘A Taste of Smuggling’ guided walk followed by a beer tasting.

Icons of Folk Rock

Icons Of Folk Rock

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 29 Jul 2017

The ultimate tributes to: Simon and Garfunkel meet The Byrds & Crosby, Stills & Nash

RNLI

Whitby Lifeboat Station Flag weekend

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Jul 2017

This is a fundraising weekend , with lots of attractions for all the family.There will be a host of stalls and activities - keep an eye out for updated details closer to the time.

The Ragdolls

The Ragdolls: The Ultimate Tribute to the Jersey B

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 4 Aug 2017

The Ragdolls will take you on a musical journey through the well known career of one of the most successful bands of all time Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, recreating the iconic sound of the Jersey Boys.

Saturday night fireworks

Whitby Traction Engine Rally

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 4 - Sun 6 Aug 2017

An introduction to the event… The venue, for Whitby Traction Engine Rally, is located next to Whitby Abbey, approximately 5 minutes walk from the centre of the popular tourist town of Whitby.

Dippy

Dippy Craft & Gift Fair

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 12 - Sun 13 Aug 2017

A Giant Craft & Gift Fair by the sea!

Supersonic 70s

The Supersonic 70s Show - August 2017

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 12 Aug 2017

The ‘SUPERSONIC 70s Show’ - “The most explosive show in theatre land”