The terraced bed-and-breakfasts and Victorian hotels on West Cliff add to Whitby’s appeal as a traditional seaside resort. Former fishing cottages line East Cliff’s narrow streets; some have been converted into self-catering apartments, while others have been given a boutique makeover. Families might prefer the harbor hotels’ proximity to the sights, while couples can opt for a romantic stay at a country spa.
Whitby’s fishing industry heritage and maritime history are evident in the town’s every nook and cranny - but there’s more to this seaside town on Yorkshire's east coast. Whether sailing or splashing around in the coastal waters, exploring the shoreline or clifftop ruins of Whitby Abbey, or hiking the scenic coastline, you'll find many enticing possibilities for a classic British seaside holiday.
Sprawling over hills and cliffs, Whitby is famous for its landmark abbey and as a location for Dracula. In the atmospheric old district, you can browse boutiques along twisted cobbled streets, while the newer area has amusement arcades and old-school cafés selling fish and chips. Between the 2 flows the river, dotted with colourful fishing boats.
Families love Whitby - for a tiny town, it packs in lots of activities for all the family to enjoy. Its beaches are a ready source of fun, where kids can spend their time paddling, looking for fossils, and exploring rock pools. The town’s Dracula connection offers spooky thrills, and both young and old can try keeping count of the 199 steps that ascend to the clifftop abbey.
Fish and chips is ubiquitous in Whitby, ranging from high-end offerings in proper restaurants to classic newspaper-wrapped takeouts. Hearty fry-ups and strong Yorkshire tea kick off the day at traditional greasy spoon cafés, and later in the day you can linger over a cream tea or sandwich at one of the town’s many quaint tea rooms. Old-fashioned sweetshops peppered across town will keep the kids happy.
Located at the mouth of the River Esk on the coast of North Yorkshire, Whitby has a changeable climate, usually with warm summers and mild winters. Most visitors are UK residents on a seaside staycation, but it's also a popular destination for visitors from abroad. There is a friendly atmosphere throughout the town and the locals are always happy to welcome visitors to their little seaside port.
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