Whitby is a picturesque town on the north coast of Yorkshire, England. Famous as the home town of Captain James Cook (world explorer) and the place where according to Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula landed in England, Whitby attracts millions of visitors each year for its heady mix of scenery, seaside historical heritage and fish and chips. Whitby is also home to "Whitby Lucky Ducks" glass ducks believed to bring luck to the owner.
A lovely and lively town. Cheap accommodation at the YHA hostel near the Abbey's ruins. Beautiful beaches.
The main routes into Whitby are all very scenic, but can be treacherous (or closed!) in bad weather, as they pass over high moorland and are susceptible to snow. Because of the nature of the relief around Whitby, there are many one in three gradients in and out of the town, and drivers should remain vigilant.
From Teesside and the North East, you have a choice between the main A171 road, or the slower coastal A174.
From York and most other areas, take the A64 to Malton then the A169 through Pickering and over the North York Moors. This is undoubtedly the prettiest route and is a really good road to drive on - just a couple of sharp bends to beware of, and then a dizzying plummet down a 25% (1 in 4) hill into the village of Sleights.
Like all tourist destinations, the roads into Whitby can be very busy during the summer season, and parking - while plentiful (main car parks by the marina and on West Cliff) can be difficult to find. Unless you arrive early, you may find it best to park well out of the town centre and walk; it isn't far!
Just one railway line into Whitby remains, compared with four in its heyday. Northern Rail run four trains daily from Middlesbrough, taking a leisurely hour and a half for the journey along the pretty Esk Valley .
North York Moors Railway operate picturesque services to and from Whitby and the North York Moors, serving Grosmont, Goathland, Newtondale, Levisham, and Pickering.
If you're coming from York or anywhere further south, it may be quicker to either use the Coastliner bus (see below) from York - through tickets are available from any station in the country, ask for "Whitby Bus Station". Or to get the train from York to Scarborough and use the hourly bus from the front of the station to Whitby.
Despite its isolated location, Whitby is well connected by interurban buses. Arriva run services along the coast, with the X5 running every half-hour to Loftus and Middlesbrough, and the 93 running every hour (every half-hour in the summer) to Scarborough, as well as several local bus services. Coastliner run their renowned luxury spec buses four times a day from Leeds and York on the 840. Through tickets from any railway station are available on the Coastliner service from York, ask for "Whitby Bus Station" when buying your ticket. Additional services run on many routes during the summer. The bus station is located West of the River Esk in the Town Centre, next to the train station.
There is one National Express coach daily from London and York.
Whitby is a very compact town, and despite the hilly terrain is easy and rewarding to walk around.
Because of the lack of convenient parking in many areas, driving is not recommended, especially in the summer season.
There is an extensive network of local bus services across the town and to nearby villages.
- Whitby Abbey, Abbey Lane, YO22 4JT, ☎ +44 1947 603568. adults £6.40, children £3.80, concessions £5.80.
- Whitby Lifeboat Museum
- The 199 Steps up to Whitby Abbey
- St. Mary's Church & Churchyard near the Steps & Abbey
- The Mary Anne Hepworth (old lifeboat).
- Thomas Paylor (Whitby). The Whitby Guide is Whitby's definitive guide to Whitby Accommodation, Whitby Restaurants, Whitby Events. The complete guide to Whitby, North Yorkshire
Ghost walks- Whitby abbey and the town itself has a long history. There are many haunted sites so be sure to go on one of the guided ghost walks. Warning: the old town is a creepy place after dark and not for the faint hearted. Many strange, unnerving "incidents" have been reported and something not entirely benign clings to the ancient alleyways and yards. Enjoy the ghost tours by all means, but be careful what you meddle with in Whitby.
Dracula experience - walk through a tunnel modified like Dracula's Castle. 'look out for vampires'
199 steps - if you have the energy climb the 199 steps from town up to St Marys church and the Abbey. The view is good. Especially good after dark, but watch out for the big black dog.
Climb the old lighthouse - the taller of the two 19th century lighthouses flanking the harbour entrance is open to visitors in the busier part of the year for great views along the coast and back into the town.
- Donkey Rides on the Beach. Kids enjoy the donkey rides on the beach on the west side of the harbour, available during the day, other than at high tide.
- North Yorkshire Moors Railway, ☎ +44 1751 472508, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Heritage steam railway which runs from Pickering to Grosmont with some trains running to Whitby
- 'Quayside' fishshop is the place to eat in Whitby. Great views, great decor in the cafe and take-away and wonderful food
- Whitby is also famous for its kippers. You can see the smokery at Fortune's, along past the Abbey steps on Henrietta Street.
- Duke of York at the bottom of the Abbey steps... Good food and accommodation.
- The Magpie Cafe. Well worth braving the queues that often snake out of the front door, the fish and chips are delicious.
- Humble Pie 'n' Mash, 163 Church Street Whitby North Yorkshire England YO22 4AS, Whitby, England, ☎ +44 7919 074 954. 12:30 - 8:30. If you like pies, you will love the Humble Pie 'n' Mash. The best meal in Whitby for the price. £4.99.
- Berry Banks Cottage Whitby. Luxury Self-Catering Accommodation Riverside View, Whitby. Berry Banks Cottage is in an outstanding and tranquil location in an elevated position above the valley of the River Esk and by the side of a Grade II listed railway viaduct.
- Marmadukes Whitby Holiday Cottages, ☎ +44 870 243 0766. Marmadukes maintains a stunning portfolio of private holiday cottages in Whitby, on the beautiful Yorkshire coast. From luxury marina apartments to charming cottages, they offer quality, comfort and style for both short breaks and proper holidays.
- Rowan Cottage - Holiday Cottage, ☎ +44 1947 811853. Rowan Cottage is nestled in the delightful village of Sleights and is an excellent base for exploring Whitby, Pickering and the North Yorkshire Moors. Sleeping up to six people and fully equipped. Bookings include linen, fuel and parking, no smoking, or pets.
- Raven Hall Whitby Hotel, ☎ +44 1723 870353. Raven Hall County House hotel offers Whitby accommodation in a stunning location along the beautiful North Yorkshire coastline. The hotel offers a number of facilitates including an indoor pool, tennis courts, fitness suit and 9-hole golf course.
- Amber Cottage, 5 Carrs Yard (3 minutes walk from the town centre). Delightful 18th century fishermans cottage, tucked away in traditional yard. Sleeps 4+1 and has its own private parking space.
- Shoreline Cottages, ☎ +44 1904 607087. Specialises in luxury holiday cottages in Whitby and has over 25 properties in their portfolio suitable for sleeping from 2 - 9 people.