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6 Romantic Things to do in Whitby

Whitby is a special and romantic place for so many people. The fresh sea air, delicious food and incredible scenery add to its charm. Here are 6 romantic things to do in Whitby to consider for your next getaway.

Whitby, as a destination, is filled with stories and tales, breathtaking views, coastal walks, cosy pubs, incredible restaurants, and friendly people. It is also a beautifully romantic place ideal for a couple’s getaway. There are heritage sites to visit, lots of accommodation options, and a unique atmosphere to take in. Here are 6 romantic things to do in Whitby to consider for your next getaway

The romantic ruins of Whitby Abbey.
The romantic ruins of Whitby Abbey.

1. Visit the romantic ruins of Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey has previously been named the most romantic ruin by Countryfile. The ruins of the Abbey are a dominating presence looking over Whitby. The view from the top is breathtaking; the setting couldn’t be more romantic. So romantic, English Heritage often gets requests from people for champagne on ice after they have visited and proposed to their partner! Spend time exploring and learning about the ruins; it is also a fantastic place for photos.

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Enjoy a romantic coastal walk from Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay.
Enjoy a romantic coastal walk from Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay.

2. Enjoy a romantic walk with spectacular views

There are so many options when it comes to walking routes in Whitby. You are spoilt for choice; it’s an ideal location if you enjoy walking. You can explore the coastline and its breathtaking views, or another great option is to walk along the famous Cleveland Way trail. It combines coastal scenery and Heather moorland. The Cleveland Way runs over 100 miles and features castles, pretty villages, beaches and dramatic views. You can even venture out a little further and find our list of walks in the North York Moors here. A perfect way to spend quality time together.

Yorkshire Coast Boat Trips
Take a trip with Yorkshire Coast Boat Trips.

3. Head out on a boat trip together

For something enjoyable to try together, you could jump on board a boat with one of Whitby’s boat trips leaving the harbour. Yorkshire Coast Boat Trips is a great provider and offers an unforgettable experience. You will get to see the North Yorkshire Coast from a new perspective. They offer a trip between the beautiful seaside towns of Whitby and Scarborough. A one-way trip takes over 1 hour and is a great way to travel to Scarborough to enjoy a day out further down the coast. You will have the option to return via boat later in the day. The ship carries up to twelve passengers in a fully enclosed, heated cabin. If you’re interested in wildlife spotting visiting from June to October is a great time to spot whales, dolphins, seabirds and other marine wildlife.

Wine bar in Whitby with harbour views
Enjoying romantic evening drinks in Whitby with harbour views.

4. Enjoy great food and drinks

Harry’s Bar is one of our favourite places to spend a romantic evening in Whitby; they offer great food and a fun atmosphere. It’s a popular place to visit, and they have plenty of cocktails, beer, spirits, and other beverages. If you love seafood, you have to give Abbey Wharf a try. It has become one of the top seafood restaurants in the area. Other food options are also available, so there is something to suit all tastes, and they often feature live music and DJs. They also have a terrace that overlooks the harbour; how romantic! Snuggle up and enjoy incredible views. Moutrey’s is another excellent choice if Italian food is what you are after. Their dishes are freshly prepared and cooked in their woodfired oven. The atmosphere here is relaxed and cosy. Finally, the White Horse & Griffin is an excellent choice to enjoy great seafood and wines. The bistro-style restaurant is beautiful and very popular with the locals.

Header Red Hat Ghost Walk
Red Hat Ghost Walk

5. Scare yourself silly on a ghost walk

There are a few well-known ghost walks in Whitby if you dare to participate. Whitby is one of the most haunted hotspots in the UK and is well known for its myths, legends and ghostly sightings. Dr Crank offers a popular ghost walk, starting from the Whale Bone Arch opposite The Royal Hotel on Whitby’s West Cliff. Join him on his 75-minute tour around Whitby to discover strange and supernatural tales of murder and mystery. Rose Rylands, The Whitby Story Teller, also offers ghost walks and tours in Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay. Discover extraordinary facts and legends about Whitby. Finally, the newest ghost walk to the bunch is the Red Hat Ghost Walk, a more lighthearted option with Gill. She will tell you tales of ghosts, witches, headless horsemen and severed hands! All as you walk around Whitby.

Falling Foss waterfall in Autumn
Falling Foss waterfall in Autumn

6. Visit Falling Foss waterfall

One of our favourite romantic things to do when visiting Whitby is to visit Falling Foss waterfall. You can enjoy a woodland walk together and stop for hot chocolates at Falling Foss Tea Garden, just a short drive from Whitby. The waterfall is 30-foot and beautiful to see at any time of the year, but we love to visit, especially in autumn and after heavy rain. The waterfall will be full force and decorated with fallen leaves. You will get beautiful photos here. This is a great area to follow a trail and explore the woodland. Afterwards, warm up and enjoy a homemade treat beside Falling Foss at Falling Foss Tea Garden. This rustic outdoor setting is welcoming, and a perfect pit stop. They serve delicious homemade cakes, savoury pastries, and tasty homemade soups.

Falling Foss Tea Garden
Falling Foss Tea Garden

Or simply walk along the pier, then stop and devour the most delicious fish and chips you will ever eat. Watch the sun set into the sea during summer. Wander around one of the many museums in the town. Or, enjoy a spot of shopping and pick up some Whitby Jet to remember your trip together. Whatever you choose to do together, it is sure to be even more magical whilst in Whitby.

Romantic evening walk in Whitby
Enjoy a romantic sunset walk around Whitby.

Are you looking for somewhere to stay? You can find plenty of our suggested accommodation options here. We hope this article has inspired you to book a romantic getaway to this wonderful seaside town.

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