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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.

WHERE TO STAY IN WHITBY

 
 

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
Tue 18 Jul - Tue 5 Dec Tea Dances with Ray Kirk at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Sat 25 - Sun 26 Nov Dippy Christmas Craft Fair at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Fri 1 Dec Sleeping Beauty: Vienna Festival Ballet at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Fri 1 - Sun 3 Dec Winterfest at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Sat 2 Dec Whitby Krampus Run 2017 at Whitby Town, Whitby
Fri 8 - Sun 10 Dec Robin Hood's Bay Victorian Weekend 2017 at Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby
Sun 10 Dec The Three Musketeers at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby

Discover Events in Whitby

Dippy

Dippy Christmas Craft Fair

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Nov 2017

A Christmas Craft & Gift Fair by the sea! Dippy Designs are hosting a fabulous festive Craft & Gift Fair in the Northern Lights Suite at Whitby Pavilion on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 2017

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty: Vienna Festival Ballet

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 1 Dec 2017

A classic fairytale set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning choreography, beautiful costumes all combine to portray the struggle between good and evil.

Winterfest

Winterfest

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 1 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Winterfest is a free to enter Christmas themed event held at Whitby Pavilion over the first weekend in December. There will be stalls inside and outside the Pavilion with local traders, community groups and entertainment.

Whitby Krampus Run 2017

Whitby Krampus Run 2017

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 2 Dec 2017

Whitby Krampus Run organised by Decadent Drawing community arts as a fundraiser for Whitby Wildlife Sanctury.

Robin Hood's Bay Victorian Weekend

Robin Hood's Bay Victorian Weekend 2017

Whitby (5 miles, 8 km)

Fri 8 - Sun 10 Dec 2017

Typically held the first weekend in December, the Robin Hoods Bay Victorian Weekend is a wonderful magical event involving traditional Victorian costumes, Christmas window dressings and general festive merriment throughout the villiage.

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sun 10 Dec 2017

The Three Musketeers Written & Directed by Ivan Wilkinson Adapted from the Alexandre Dumas Novel Produced by Claire Bibby

Christmas Tea Dance with Ray Kirk

Christmas Tea Dance with Ray Kirk

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Tue 12 Dec 2017

Round off our programme of dance in 2017 in style!

Folk Horror Revival

Folk Horror Revival Whitby 2017 - Winter Ghosts

Whitby (1 miles, 1 km)

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Where better to spend an engaging winter’s evening in the company of the Folk Horror Revival group, than in the beautiful coastal town of Whitby.

Masquerade Ball

Masquerade Ball 2017

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Celebrate the festive season in style with a night to remember at our Masquerade Ball.

Masquerade Ball

Masquerade Ball 2017

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 22 Dec 2017

Celebrate the festive season in style with a night to remember at our Masquerade Ball.

Whitby Boxing Day Dip

Whitby District Lions Boxing Day Dip

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Tue 26 Dec 2017

When the weather outside is frightful, does a dip in the sea sound delightful?

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 9 Feb 2018

Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years.

Half Term Fun

Half Term Fun

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 10 - Sun 18 Feb 2018

Join us for family fun this half term with interactive activities for all ages.

Whitby in the Time of Cook

Whitby in the Time of Cook

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 10 Feb - Fri 23 Mar 2018

Exhibition: 'Whitby in the Time of Cook, the Making of a Great Seaman' 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the start of Captain Cook's first voyage to the Pacific in 1768. As he weighed anchor at Plymouth, what did he take from Whitby?

The Quo Experience

The Quo Experience

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 16 Feb 2018

The Quo Experience is the perfect tribute to the legendary duo.

Whitby in the Time of Cook

Whitby in the Time of Cook

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 24 Mar - Sun 4 Nov 2018

Exhibition: 'Whitby in the Time of Cook, the Making of a Great Seaman' 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the start of Captain Cook's first voyage to the Pacific in 1768. As he weighed anchor at Plymouth, what did he take from Whitby?

Whitby Goth Weekend, Whitby Pavilion

Whitby Goth Weekend

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 27 - Sun 29 Apr 2018

WGW™ has something for everyone with an interest in all things alternative. Join the thousands of Goths and alternatives of all ages and walks of life for an amazing long weekend.

The White Lily Ball

The White Lily Ball

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 1 Jun 2018

The glamourous and glittering White Lily Ball returns for the 7th year.

Whitby Soul Weekender 2018

Whitby Soul Weekender 2018

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 6 Jul 2018

The ORIGINAL Yorkshire Soul Weekender Experience in the beautiful town of Whitby.

Whitby Soul Weekender 2018

Whitby Soul Weekender 2018

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sat 7 Jul 2018

The ORIGINAL Yorkshire Soul Weekender Experience in the beautiful town of Whitby.

Whitby Soul Weekender 2018

Whitby Soul Weekender 2018

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Sun 8 Jul 2018

The ORIGINAL Yorkshire Soul Weekender Experience in the beautiful town of Whitby.

New York

Queen Bee Quilters

Whitby (0 miles, 1 km)

Fri 13 - Sun 15 Jul 2018

An exhibition of patchwork and quilting by Queen Bee Quilters and Friends who will be displaying the work they have done over the past two years.

Whitby Lifeboat Weekend

Whitby Lifeboat Weekend

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 27 Jul 2018

Whitby’s lifeboat weekend commences on Friday 27th July with a fairground organ playing at the bandstand.

RNLI

Whitby Lifeboat Station Flag weekend

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 28 - Sun 29 Jul 2018

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.