9 most Instagrammable places in Whitby
There is no doubt that Whitby is a postcard-worthy destination. After all, this lovely seaside town enjoys a great location on the mouth on the River Esk, and its quaint cottages and landmarks add a touch of charm to the town. As such, if you are looking to make your Instagram feed stand out, here are the 9 most picture-worthy spots in Whitby you need to visit.
Whitby Whale Bones Arch
Located on Whitby’s West Hill, the Whale bones Arch is a testimony of the port’s longstanding whaling tradition. Erected in 1853, this unusual 15-foot archway offers plenty of photo opportunities for Instagram addicts.
The arch perfectly frames a view of the ruins of Whitby Abbey on one side and the cobbled streets of the town on the other.
While the arch is quite impressive, you should know it is not the original one. In fact, the arch was replaced in 1963 and once again in 2003 while the original bones are preserved at the Whitby Archive Heritage Centre.
A Christian monastery built in the 7th century, the Whitby Abbey, which later became a Benedict abbey, stands proudly on the East cliff, facing the North Sea.
Declared a Grade I Listed building, the building, now in ruins, was even featured in Bram Stoker’s gothic novel ‘Dracula‘.
Perfect for impressive shots of the building against a backdrop of moody skies, the abbey site features a museum, housed in the stunning Cholmley House next door.
Abbey Ln, Whitby YO22 4JT Phone: +44 370 333 1181
One of the nicest streets of Whitby, Church Street has a touch of York that makes it a great spot to capture.
This area of town features a collection of historical houses and buildings, such as the Old Town Hall which used to house the market back in the days, small boutiques and restaurants with colourful facades and a plethora of snickets to explore, camera in hand.
The Endeavour Ship
If you are a history buff, you are in luck. This is your chance to dive into the fascinating history of Captain James Cook’s ship.
The HM Bark Endeavour is a full-size replica of the famous explorer’s ship, which was commissioned by the Royal Navy in 1768 for scientific expeditions.
Take a look at our review of the Endeavour Experience.
The ship’s upper and lower decks were faithfully reconstructed and features a fantastic exhibition where she will unveil all her forgotten secrets. The whole experience is a perfect family activity.
Whitby Harbour, Pier Rd, Whitby YO21 3PU Phone: +44 1723 364100
Located in the historic area of Whitby, Fortune’s Smokehouse is considered the last traditional smokehouse still standing in town.
This historical shop first opened in 1872, near the foot of the 199 steps that lead up to the abbey.
You will feel like you have stepped into the 19th century as you walk into this family-owned shop, which still produces oakwood-smoked kippers just like in the past, alongside smoked salmon, haddock and bacon.
22 Henrietta St, Whitby YO22 4DW Phone: +44 1947 601659
St Mary’s Church
They say no trip to Whitby is complete without a visit to St Mary’s Church and I couldn’t agree more. This is why a list of Instagrammable spots of Whitby couldn’t miss the chance to include the 12th-century church, perched atop East Hill, near the ruins of Whitby Abbey.
Submitted to countless works of expansion, the church still retains a definite air of solemnity and magnificence that make it a great photographic spot.
Furthermore, the church’s graveyard inspired Bram Stoker, which featured it as a scene in Dracula.
Abbey Plain, Whitby YO22 4JR Phone: +44 1947 603421
Whitby Harbour & Whitby Pier
As a traditional seaside town, Whitby wouldn’t be much without its harbour, along with the piers and the lighthouses.
Whether you are walking along the pier, enjoying the view from the beach or decide to climb up the West Pier lighthouse, you will see that there is no shortage of picture-perfect angles to photograph it.
And for the early birds, know that you can catch magnificent pictures of the sun rising from the sea in the summer. A good reason to get out of bed if you ask me.
Whitby’s 199 steps
Another landmark of Whitby is undeniably the 199 steps leading to St Mary Church and Whitby Abbey. Visitors and locals alike commonly take up the challenge to make the ascent up the cliff – some say there are only 198 steps- to enjoy sweeping vistas over the harbour and the town.
While many debate that the views are not worth the trouble, needless to say it is definitely a small feat you should be proud of if you do decide to do it. After all, 199 steps aren’t all that bad.
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