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Visiting Whitby on a Budget: Our Money-Saving Tips

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Whitby is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations. Like most popular seaside towns, it can get pretty pricey when visiting as a family, so we have collected several helpful tips for visiting Whitby on a budget.

Whitby is a popular tourist destination for families, and understandably so. However, like most holiday hot spots in the UK, visiting Whitby can be pretty expensive. So, we have compiled a list of money-saving tips to help you enjoy your holiday.

Book your accommodation in advance

Little boy in hotel in Whitby.

Accommodation is one of the most significant expenses while on holiday. However, you can save considerable money by booking your accommodation in advance.

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Whitby offers many accommodation options for different budgets, from luxury hotels to budget-friendly B&Bs. You can take advantage of early bird deals and discounts by booking in advance.

Be mindful of the time of year you book as well; Whitby is famous for its festivals and events, so accommodation is booked quickly.

Click here for our list of cheap accommodation in Whitby.

Use public transport

Whitby Open Top Bus Tour.

Whitby is a small town, and most attractions are within walking distance. However, public transportation is a cost-effective option to explore the surrounding areas. So, if possible, walk as much as you can!

Whitby offers affordable and convenient bus services, with regular services to nearby towns and villages. The Esk Valley Railway runs from Whitby to Middlesbrough and passes through some of the most stunning scenery in the North York Moors National Park.

An affordable way to get around the town, sightsee and learn about the history of Whitby is by hopping on the Whitby open-top bus sightseeing tour. Your ticket for this fun, comfortable, and convenient way to explore Whitby is valid for 24 hours and provides a fully guided tour that takes approximately one hour. You can hop on and off the tour as many times as you like, and tickets can be purchased from the driver upon boarding. The service runs hourly, every 30 minutes from April to September, seven days a week.

Click here to learn more about the Whitby open-top bus sightseeing tour.

Cook your own meals

Sharing platter in apartment in Whitby.

Eating out can be a significant expense while on holiday, no matter how budget-friendly you are and wherever you visit. Even fish and chips shared amongst the family, and a few ice creams get expensive!

You can save considerable money by staying in an apartment and cooking meals. Most of the accommodation options in Whitby come with well-equipped kitchens, which we find vital when visiting so much.

You can also save money by buying groceries from the local supermarkets, butchers and greengrocers rather than eating out daily.

For those looking to manage their holiday spending better, consider using budgeting apps. Check out this list of the best budgeting apps to help you stay within your budget during your trip.

Click here for supermarkets in Whitby.

Visit free attractions

RNLI Museum.

If you’re visiting Whitby on a budget, don’t worry. It has several free attractions and things to do, including visiting the beaches, crabbing in the harbour, and visiting the RNLI Lifeboat Museum. You can also stroll along the pier and enjoy stunning views of the North Sea. 

The Whitby Lifeboat Museum is free to visit. The museum features a variety of exhibits, interactive displays, and even some original equipment used by RNLI lifeboat crews. Although free to visit, the Whitby RNLI always accepts donations for its incredible work. You can donate and find more information here.

One of our favourite beaches in Whitby is Tate Hill Beach, a small, sandy beach within the sheltered harbour entrance. It’s a popular place to relax, watch boats go in and out of the harbour, soak up some sun, and hunt for fossils. Dogs are allowed on Tate Hill Beach year-round, and it’s a popular spot for campfires, picnic lovers and metal detecting. You can find more information about Whitby’s beaches in our extensive article here.

Click here for 10 free things to do in Whitby.

Visit during the off-season

Red Hat Ghost Walk.

Whitby is a popular tourist destination, and the prices increase during the peak season. However, you can save considerable money by visiting during the off-season. The town is less crowded, and you can enjoy off-season deals and discounts. You can also enjoy the town’s attractions without dealing with large crowds.

We love visiting Whitby in Winter. There’s something about Whitby from October to March that’s peaceful, and its true beauty comes out. There are plenty of things to do in Whitby in Winter, too.

One of our favourite things to do while in Whitby, which doesn’t break the bank is an evening Ghost walk! Especially wrapped up during Winter. It’s a great way to see parts of the town you would not have otherwise visited and hear ghost stories, myths and legends from local people.

We highly recommend Gill’s Red Hat Ghost Walk. The walk is well-planned, lighthearted, and fun. Gill will tell you tales of ghosts, witches, headless horsemen, severed hands and hobgoblins! She has written all the stories in rhyme and performs them beautifully! The walk suits all ages and fitness levels; it’s a great way to explore Whitby behind the scenes. To learn more about this walk and keep updated on the days and times her walks are running, please visit her website or follow Red Hat Ghost Walk on Instagram.

Click here for 11 things to do in Whitby in Winter.

Enjoy a low-cost activity that’s rewarding, like a hike!

Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay.

When it comes to walking around Whitby, you’re spoilt by choice. This gorgeous coastal town is in an almost unique position regarding walking and hiking trails. Best of all, they cost very little, if anything, to take part.

The Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay Walk is a favourite of ours. This stunning coastal walk takes you along a popular section of the Cleveland Way. The walking time is estimated to be around 3 hours and 20 minutes, covering a distance of 7 miles. The difficulty level is moderate, so it’s suitable for most walkers. You’ll be treated to breathtaking coastline views, with pretty bays and clifftop vistas.

One of the best things about this walk is that it’s easy to follow and can be extended if you want to continue your adventure. For example, you could follow the coast path to Ravenscar and visit Harwood Dale Forest. Alternatively, try the Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay Circular Walk, which perfectly combines beautiful inland moorland scenery and coastal views.

Click here for Whitby walking routes.

We hope you have found these money-saving tips helpful! Book your accommodation in advance, use public transportation, cook your meals, visit free attractions, take advantage of special offers, walk instead of taking taxis, bring your entertainment, visit during the off-season, check for student discounts, and shop at local markets. We hope you have a fantastic time in Whitby!

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