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Parking in Whitby; Car Parks, Parking Zones & More

Parking in Whitby is a bit of a Russian Roulette. But with our handy Whitby parking guide, you've the best chance to find a space and avoid a fine…

Parking in Whitby is an issue you should be well-prepared for. Whitby parking is often confusing for tourists and parking zones can change seasonally. In this article we explore the various parking options available for your break in Whitby.

*updated in October 2020

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Scarborough Borough Council Map of Parking in Whitby
Scarborough Borough Council Map of Parking in Whitby

Paid Parking in Whitby

Let us first consider the different options available as paid parking.

Scratch Cards

Holiday accommodation scratch cards are available for tourists within Whitby's Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ). Tourists who are staying in Whitby can park in the 2-hour disc, for up to 4 days with a correctly validated scratch card.

The rates of these cards are;
o 2-day cards for 80p each
o 4-day cards for £1.60 each

Guest house proprietors and hoteliers can obtain these cards upon submission of their business stationery showing their letterhead or VAT registration number.

Pay and Display Parking in Whitby

Some streets in Whitby only allow for pay and display parking, and the visitors can't park their cars here using scratch cards or permits. Always check for any restrictions before you park your car.

Reader tip:

A parking ticket purchased at the meter at any Scarborough (SBA) Car Park is valid at any other SBA car park in Whitby or the surrounding areas. From Filey to Scarborough the same ticket is valid for the duration of the fee. 24 hours costs £8. Best value for day trippers seeking to explore the region.

Street Parking via Pay by Phone

JustPark offers parking facilities all over UK., and it has a selection of 250 parking locations in Whitby. Visitors can book their parking space in advance and at rates that are up to 70% cheaper than the market. This facility omits the needs for coins and permits and the time wasted, circling the streets, looking for a parking space.

Here is a list of off-street parking offered by JustPark in Whitby.

Off Street Parking in Whitby
Off Street Parking in Whitby

Street Parking in Whitby

Street parking is available in Whitby. There are nominal charges for the specific duration of time that the visitor uses the parking slot. Here is a list to clearly define the rates and locations in Whitby where tourists can park their cars.

On Street Parking In Whitby
On Street Parking In Whitby

Free Parking in Whitby


Many bed and breakfasts, hotels and cottages accommodating guests provide off street parking or free parking permits. These allow their guests to either park in designated parking zones (orange or blue) or in a local car park such as the West Cliff Car Park.

Disc Zones

These can be acquired from Whitby’s shops, public spaces or holiday resorts. They allow the guests free parking for 1 to 3 hours provided the disc is clearly displayed in your car showing their time of arrival and car has to be parked where the zone identifier W is present.

On-Street Parking

Some areas in Whitby allow free unlimited parking facility. But be cautious before leaving your car there. Take care to read any parking restriction signs or any other sign related to parking rules and regulations within that parking in Whitby area.

Veteran Parking

Vehicles with veteran number plate can park for free in municipal paid parking lots and on-street metered parking space, for the duration of the meters limit.

Whitby Park and Ride
Whitby Park and Ride

Whitby Park and Ride Scheme

It started on 1st May 2014. Its purpose was to prevent the congestion occurring on the streets of Whitby due to an increased influx of tourist cars especially the day tourists who clogged the town center which already has insufficient parking facilities.
The location of the park and ride is on A171, and it has a provision to park 450 cars. From there, buses give the tourists a ride into town. These buses run every 15 minutes with 3 stops; at West Cliff North Terrace, St Hilda’s Terrace and the town’s bus station.

Driving Through Whitby – Guide for Parking Spaces

The above map shows all of the official, free and paid, parking spots available at Whitby. Here is a small cruise through Whitby to highlight the overall parking locations available in town.

There are more parking spaces available on the West Cliff as compared to the East side. Reaching there is easy. To get to this parking location, you will have to make a left and move onto the B1460 while driving on Gainsborough Road. Doing so will bring you to Whitby’s West Cliff.

Parking on Whitby West Cliff
Parking on Whitby West Cliff

You will reach a mini roundabout which the top corner of Pannett Park and Chubb Hill. Take the road leading down to St Hilda's Terrace heading towards Flowergate, the top half of St Hilda's Terrace is free 24-hour parking. Its bottom half offers changing 40-minute parking zones.

If you went down Chubb Hill from the above-mentioned mini roundabout, with the Park once again on the left side, any parking spot that you will find is free 24 hours.

The little back streets running parallel to St Hilda's which lead down to Skinner Street, also offer 24 hours free parking.
Free parking is also available along North Terrace, which starts at the corner of Royal Hotel running parallel to the beach and heading down towards Sandsend.

On the East side, there are not many parking places available. You might be able to park your car on Church Street as you head into town, but it's at quite a distance from the town’s centre.

Here's our pick of accommodation with parking in Whitby

Bed and Breakfasts with Parking in Whitby

The Heathfield
The Wheeldale 
The Firs Guest House
Haven Crest

Holiday Cottages in Whitby with Parking

Bumblewick Cottages
Holiday Cottages in Whitby
Robin Hoods Bay Cottages
Sandsend Holiday Cottages

Additional Assistance

To contact Scarborough Council regarding the new parking rules and facilities, call (01723) 232449.
For road markings and parking spots in Whitby, contact North Yorkshire county council on (0845) 8727374.

Free parking permits can be obtained from Tourism Information Centre on Langbourne Road, Nr. Station Square, Whitby. Call (01947) 602674.

For Car Parking Enquiries, contact Parking Services Manager Free on 0800 0568458.

8 thoughts on “Parking in Whitby; Car Parks, Parking Zones & More”

  1. Hi we are staying at a holiday cottage in The centre of town in Sept this yearfor a week but they don’t supply parking 4 day scratchcards is it possible to purchase these anywhere ????

  2. all SBC car parks that are available to the public that charge, do so through a pay and display machine these car parks are free to park in between the hours of 18.00 and 9.00 as advertised on SBC information sites and even on flags of lamp posts around the town, however what is not advertised and cannot be found on any information website is the pay and display parking on north promenade which is marked out parking, and by all accounts an SBC car parking area do not allow free parking till 19.00 this is not a disc zone area which do start at 19.00 a dirty sting in the tail for many people and the traffic wardens are waiting for people to fall into this trap

  3. just stayed in whitby at caravan site so establishment parking etc not applicable . have a blue badge – why do we holders not get reduced rate parking ? co-op has 1 hr free, there are very few on-street spaces which you can only have 3 hrs then must move. this doesn’t encourage the disabled to visit – we have limited mobility so cant get far before we have to vacate the space ! why cant we have lower charges – maybe pay an hour get an hour free ?

  4. Hi, we are staying in the centre of Whitby next week (mid sept) from Monday to Friday, can you recommend a car park or advice with parking.

    • Hi Ann. Thank you for your comment. We tend to use the car park at the Abbey and walk in to town. This is easy if you travel light and don’t mind the steps. Alternatively, the park and ride is popular if you don’t plan to use your car often during your stay, this would be best. Finally, there are permits available for you to park on most streets – ask your accommodation provider for details. Have a great trip!

  5. We often visit Whitby for a day and find it strange that the free parking on westcliff finishes at the end of March and yet the park & ride doesn’t start until Easter which is often mid to late April, also the park and ride (when operating) closes at 6.00pm not leaving time for ‘tea time’ fish and chips as you need to start queuing for the bus at around 5.00pm to avoid long queues at peak times.

  6. Hi we are staying at captain cooks haven soon. Do any of the car parks do a weekly ticket?? If so how much and where do you get it from ? Thanks

  7. Hi we are staying I Whitby this next weekend 15- 17th November the cottage has no parking available can you please advise the best place for us to park, the cottage is near the market square/clock tower


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