Most people know Whitby as a pretty little town on the Yorkshire coast, famous for great fish and chips but not much else. Locals to the area will tell you different though, and if you take the time to listen to the fishermen’s tales and the amateur historians you’ll find that Whitby is associated with a number of industries, events and people that really put it on the map.Read More
Whitby is a seaside town that rests along the North Yorkshire coast at the mouth of the River Esk in the United Kingdom. Whitby visitors will find that Whitby possesses uniquely diverse claims to fame. The well known explorer Captain James Cook began his famous sailing adventures here. Legendary writer Bram Stoker experienced a stroke of genius in Whitby when he first conceived the idea for his classic novel Dracula.
The town also has continued fame for its reputation as one of the UK’s primary fishing ports and tourist destinations.
Accommodation in Whitby
There is a huge selection of accommodation to choose from during your stay in Whitby.
Restaurants in Whitby
Whitby is famous for its fresh seafood and fantastic restaurants.
Whitby has a wide variety of restaurants and its not just seafood that is on the menu here. There are Italian, English, Cafes, Chinese and Indian along with a couple of trendy Bistro style bars and restaurants.
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Things To Do in Whitby
There are many activities to pass the time during your stay, including days out, pub crawls, hen and stag weekends, beaches, fishing, fossils, crabbing plus much more, browse our list of things to do in Whitby for inspiration.
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Whitby is a quaint, traditional fishing village on the North Yorkshire Coast. Famed for its connection to Dracula and its author Bram Stoker, Whitby has a long and rich history as a port and fishing town.
There are said to be a network of underground tunnels connecting caves and hiding places for loot, something to look out for on your trip to Whitby. Consistently ranked as one of the best UK seaside resorts, Whitby has a lot offer and it is clear to see why people keep coming back. The town has a contemporary restaurant scene and European café culture, with excellent food, drinks and entertainment available throughout the year.
There are also a wide range of attractions to look out for on your visit to Whitby including excellent walking on the North Yorkshire Moors which are just a stones throw away by car. There is also the well known North Yorkshire Moors Railway which has numerous events on its steam engines during the holiday season, including Whitby War Weekend, which sees whole villages along the line dress up in authentic 1940s costume to re-enact wartime life.
A trip to Whitby would not be complete without a visit to the historic Whitby Abbey, made famous as a key location in the Dracula tale; the Abbey overlooks the town from the East Cliff. If you’re looking to buy a gift during your stay then Whitby Jet is an excellent local gem stone that is highly regarded for its quality and shine.