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Whitby Day Trip, How to Spend a Day in Whitby

There is so much to see and do in Whitby that you can easily get overwhelmed if you visit for just one day. So let us help you; here’s how to spend one day in Whitby, including the best things to see and do whilst you’re there.

A day trip is a great way to get a feel for a place, and there is no better place for a day trip than Whitby. The town is full of things to do, see, and best of all, eat! However, planning a trip and ensuring you know what a place offers can be frustrating. So we’re here to help; let’s plan your day trip with our handy one-day Whitby itinerary.

Day trip to Whitby, town view.

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We have created a day trip guide of things we think you should see during your stay in Whitby. It includes museums, restaurants, landmarks and experiences you don’t want to miss.

Arrive between 9 – 10 am and explore Whitby before it gets busy

We like to arrive early to give ourselves plenty of time to enjoy Whitby and make the most out of the day. Morning is our favourite time to explore Whitby, there is something so very peaceful about walking around the town before it gets busy.

Coffee From Claras in Whitby
Coffee from Claras in Whitby before exploring the town.

A great place to start your day is on the West Cliff. We suggest arriving between 9-10 am, grabbing a hot drink from Clara’s, and having a little wander around the town. This is a great time to see the Whalebone Arch and Captain Cook Statue landmarks before they are busy with tourists. In addition, you can get fantastic photo’s here at this time of day.

Dracula Memorial Bench is a great place to stop and rest on a day trip to Whitby
Bram Stoker’s memorial bench.

Bram Stoker’s memorial bench is located on Khyber Pass. It is on the furthest bench that can be seen from the Whale Bone Arch. It’s a great spot to enjoy your drink and take in the view of the wonderful Whitby. After some time taking in the sights head through the Whale bone arch and down the path and steps into town. 

Grab some breakfast with a view

If you haven’t eaten prior. There are plenty of great places to get breakfast in Whitby; you can find 6 of the best places here. One of our all-time favourites, though, has to be The Singing Kettle. The locals love it, and it is probably one of the best places to get a full English breakfast. The breakfasts are huge, made of locally sourced ingredients and great value for money. With a full belly and plenty of energy now you can get exploring!  

Top Of West Pier Lighthouse
Beautiful views at the top of the West Pier Lighthouse.

This is a great time to wander along the piers and take in the morning views all the way along to Sandsend. Whitby’s harbour features two iconic and very beautiful pier lighthouses. During the Summertime and warmer months, you can climb to the top of the West Pier Lighthouse. It costs £1.50 for adults and £1 for children. You get a great view from the top that you don’t usually see in photos.

Wander along the harbour side or jump on a boat trip

There are shops, restaurants and even arcades along the Harbour. The arcades are great fun, especially if you have little ones! There is plenty along here to explore. It’s also home to the famous Magpie Cafe.

Whitby Arcades are great to visit on a day trip to Whitby
Spending our pennies at the arcades.

We love to jump on a boat trip and spend time on the water with one of Whitby’s boat trips. One of our favourites has to be the Captain Cook Experience. You set sail on an authentic replica of Captain Cook’s famous Endeavour ship. They offer regular daily sailings and boarding from Whitby Harbour at the Fish Quay, close to the West Pier opposite Whitby Amusements. Sailing times start from 10:00-10:30 am most days, and you do not need to pre-book. The sailing trips are approx—25 mins around Whitby Harbour and take you along the coast to Sandsend. They are dependent on the tides and weather.

Boat trip from Whitby Harbour
Captain Cook Experience boat trip.

After sailing and enjoying the Harbour, we like to head over the swing bridge and check out the shops before lunch.

Shopping and climbing the 199 steps

Whitby is very supportive of local businesses; it has many jewellers selling Whitby jet and many quirky independent shops you would not find anywhere else.

Handmade Whitby glass lucky ducks are lovely gifts
Handmade Whitby Glass lucky ducks are lovely gifts.

Whitby Glass is one of our favourite shops we visit every time we are in Whitby. Located on Sandgate, it sells handcrafted glassware and the Whitby lucky duck. This is the original and the best lucky duck that you could buy. They are available in various colours, including twelve jewel-like ones to match the birthstones throughout the year. We always like to get a souvenir from here for our little ones.

Not far from Sandgate are the 199 steps, but before attempting them, you might want to stop for some lunch, and there are two of our absolute favourite places nearby you could try.

Food at Alberts Eatery, a great place for lunch
Food at Alberts Eatery, a great place for lunch

Abbey Wharf is a great choice for seafood and harbour views. They offer a variety of delicious seafood, steaks, salads and other dishes, alongside vegetarian options. Abbey Wharf is also dog friendly and has a great atmosphere. So if you’re still full from a big breakfast, pop in and have a drink on the balcony with an unforgettable view.

Or do you fancy dining next to the world’s largest piece of Whitby Jet? Albert’s Eatery features a traditional and unique menu selection, with a speciality and love of local seafood. In addition, Albert’s expertly trained chefs use local produce and ingredients to make delicious menu choices.

Climb the 199 Steps and admire Whitby Abbey

Time to climb the 199 steps; you can do it! Once you reach the top, you are rewarded with more beautiful views, St Marys Churchyard and Whitby Abbey.

Whitby Abbey is great to visit on a day trip to Whitby
Fun at Whitby Abbey.

Whitby Abbey is one of the most outstanding examples of an abbey in North Yorkshire, and when you visit, it is not difficult to see why! This historical landmark has captivated writers, artists and photographers with its stunning views and weathered stone arches.

Tate Hill Beach
Tate Hill beach.

If you don’t fancy climbing the 199 steps, head down to Tate Hill beach and see if you can find yourself a fossil or a piece of Whitby Jet.

Visit Whitby Museum

If you have time and you have finished exploring this side of town, then head back over the swing bridge and turn left to go up towards Pannett Park and Whitby Museum.

Learn about Whitby's history at Pannett Park Whitby Museum
Learn about Whitby’s history at Whitby Museum.

Located within the lovely Pannett Park, Whitby Museum homes a collection of items and artefacts donated over two hundred years. It’s jam-packed with exhibits dedicated to local heritage. There is even an example of a ‘hand of glory.‘ A hand of an executed criminal made into a grotesque candle and used by other criminals to light their way. This is a great place to visit if you are interested in Whitby’s history.

We think Trenchers do the best fish and chips in Whitby
We think Trenchers do the best fish and chips in Whitby.

This should take you to early evening/ dinner time. Depending on your hunger, we always like to end our day with a quick drink in one of the local pubs and some fish and chips before heading home. We suggest Trenchers or The Magpie Cafe for out of this world fish and chips that will make you never want to leave.

We hope the above suggestions help you plan your day in Whitby. There is plenty to cram into the trip. If you have any suggestions, please comment below. Have a great time in Whitby!

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