Whitby, North Yorkshire
The picturesque seaside town of Whitby sits below the wild North York Moors on the dramatic North East coastline. With its quaint cobbled streets, pretty houses and Blue Flag beach, Whitby is the perfect destination for a day trip or short break.
Highlights include a visit to St Hilda’s Abbey whose ruins sit upon the cliffs, dominating the towns skyline, or a walk around the old church of St Mary’s, the place that was said to inspire Bram Stoker to write his famous novel, Dracula.
If you're feeling fit enough take on the 199 steps down from the Abbey headland to the old town, you can happily while away hours browsing the many independent shops before picking up some Jet, a beautiful black gemstone and one of Whitby's most famous exports.
With Whitby’s rich maritime heritage there is plenty to do to keep young and old alike entertained, from crabbing and exploring the beach's rock pools to learning all about the original globe trotter, Captain Cook, at his very own museum. If you don’t have a pair of sea legs, take a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a scenic day out or visit Goathland where Heartbeat, the TV series, was filmed.
What's on in Whitby?
Check out the dedicated Whitby events page to keep updated on the latest happenings in and around the town