Welcome to Whitby: A picturesque coastal haven
With its rich history, breathtaking scenery, and captivating atmosphere, Whitby is a must-visit destination for travellers seeking a perfect blend of heritage, natural beauty, and maritime allure.
Immerse yourself in Whitby's fascinating maritime past as you explore its historic harbour. Watch as fishing boats bob in the water and soak in the authentic charm of this bustling port. Visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, dedicated to the famous explorer who started his seafaring career in Whitby. Marvel at the historic Whitby Abbey, perched on the East Cliff, and take in the panoramic views of the town and coastline.
Whitby Jet and Gothic history
Discover Whitby's unique connection to the renowned Whitby Jet, a gemstone known for its exquisite beauty and deep black colour. Visit the Whitby Jet workshops and jewellery stores to see the craftsmanship that has made this gemstone world-famous. Explore the town's Gothic heritage as you wander through its narrow cobbled streets lined with quaint shops and historic buildings. Don't miss a visit to the Church of St. Mary, which inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula and offers stunning views from its 199 steps.
Stunning coastal landscapes
Prepare to be enchanted by Whitby's breathtaking coastal landscapes. Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque West Cliff, where you can admire the striking views of the sea, Whitby Abbey, and the colourful beach huts. Head to the expansive sandy beaches and enjoy a day of sunbathing, sandcastle-building, or a refreshing dip in the North Sea. Explore the nearby coastal paths, such as the Cleveland Way, which offer panoramic vistas and a chance to connect with nature.
Whitby is renowned for its culinary offerings, especially its fresh seafood. Treat your taste buds to the catch of the day at one of the charming seafood restaurants or indulge in the famous Whitby fish and chips, enjoyed while strolling along the harbour. Savour local delicacies, such as the Whitby kippers, and explore the town's food which includes traditional pubs, cosy cafes, and contemporary eateries.
Festivals and events
Throughout the year, Whitby comes alive with a variety of festivals and events. Join in the festivities during the Whitby Goth Weekend, where the town is adorned with striking gothic fashion and music fills the air. Experience the excitement of the Whitby Regatta, a traditional maritime event featuring rowing races, live entertainment, and fireworks. Discover the vibrant arts and music scene during Whitby Folk Week, where the town comes alive with performances and workshops, and don't miss the lively Whitby Fish and Ships Festival, celebrating the town's maritime history and delicious food.
Plan your escape
Whitby offers a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and coastal charm, making it an ideal destination for a memorable getaway. Whether you're a history enthusiast, nature lover, or simply seeking a tranquil coastal escape, Whitby has something to offer. Start planning your Whitby adventure today and immerse yourself in the captivating spirit of this picturesque coastal haven in North Yorkshire.
How to get to Whitby
Whitby is accessible via train, bus and car however during your visit you will encounter a hill or two and, not to mention the 199 steps that lead up towards St Mary’s Church and Whitby Abbey - so just make sure you wear comfy shoes. Book your holiday to Whitby today and let the adventure begin!