Thinking of taking a short weekend break to Whitby? Here are 11 Whitby Weekend Breaks for you to consider
Everybody enjoys a weekend away every now and then! Be it that you’ve had a hectic, stressful week and just need to get away and relax, or you want to do something different and fun. Maybe the kids deserve a reward or you want to surprise your mum!
Things to do are also going to be high on your want list and there will need to be something for everyone. From walking to eating, museums to nightlife and everything in between. So where will you find all these things? A Whitby weekend break….here are our suggestions!
The Leeway quality boutique B&B, Whitby Abbey, and the 199 steps
After a day walking the sights of Whitby, especially up and down the 199 Steps, you will want to rest your weary body in the comfort of something a little bit special.
And this is exactly what The Leeway Boutique Bed and Breakfast is!
A four-star gold rated bed and breakfast, The Leeway offers memory foam mattresses, lavender scented pillows and an all-round feeling of style and comfort.
Every room has been decorated and furnished to the highest standards using ingredients from Laura Ashley, Orla Kiely, and Harlequinn.
The bathroom has complimentary bathrobes, bamboo towels and toiletries from Gilchrest and Soames creating the perfect place and atmosphere for a long soak after a fantastic day’s sightseeing.
Much debated, the 199 steps are the subject of a tale by Michel Faber in which the supernatural plays a big part. The debate around the steps involves their number with many stating there are actually 198, whilst others say 200.
When you get to the top of the 198, 199 or 200 steps, you will see the substantial ruins of Whitby Abbey which was originally built as a monastery in 657.
Now a grade 1 listed building Whitby Abbey fell to ruin in the 1500s when it and all its contents were confiscated under the reign of Henry the 8th.
Haven Crest Guest House and The North York Moors National Park
It is the ideal base from which to explore this wonderful, special place that has been shaped over generations and created by nature.
With most rooms having at least a partial sea view The Haven Crest Guest House is a wonderful place from which to explore both land and sea.
Rooms here are all bright and airy and come with a flat-screen TV, hospitality tray, towels, toiletries, and hairdryers.
Breakfast served here is varied with something to suit anyone. There is juice, fruit, cereals, yogurts and the good old-fashioned full English.
If you want something a little heavy, however, before you go off walking, cycling or horse riding in the North York Moors National Park lighter options are available.
Heathfield Bed and Breakfast, The Whitby Pavilion & Restaurants
Just a short stroll from the harbour and Whitby Town… Heathfield Bed and Breakfast is a small three bed room home from home.
It has cast iron beds, wardrobes, en-suite bathrooms and bay windows with lovely views. It is the ideal base from which to explore all Whitby has to offer.
After you have explored all that Whitby has to offer in the daytime, you may want to sample the nightlife Whitby has to offer.
Whitby Pavilion is a perfect place to do this. Built in 1878 it is of Victorian origins and has a traditional proscenium arch. Another little piece of the town’s fine history. At the Pavilion, you can choose either to visit their state-of-the-art cinema or see one of their fine shows.
These include plays, traditional dramas, pantomime, musicals, comedy, concerts and music hall acts. With seating for just 380, it is guaranteed to be an intimate, extraordinary night.
After the show or even before, should you prefer, you could visit one of Whitby’s fine restaurants.
These include dining experiences where you can sample the finest fish dishes with ingredients straight from the North Sea.
Blackbird Cottage, The North York Moors Railway and Goathland
Blackbird Cottage is situated off the beaten track in the village of Iburndale.
Goathland is the village that was used as Aidensfield in the TV show Heartbeat and the site of the pub that was used as the Aidensfield Arms.
The Goathland Hotel is full of references to this show as well as being an ideal place to stop for lunch when riding the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Stretching from Pickering to Grosmont with a stop at Goathland the North York Moors Railway is run by a not for profit charitable organisation. Trains that run the line include steam, diesel, and visiting locomotives.
After a day on the railway and exploring Goathland, Blackbird Cottage is the ideal place to retire back to. It has a living room, kitchen, morning room and a bathroom with a shower over the bath.
There is one king size bedroom and a loft with two single beds.
Riviera Guest House and The Captain Cook Museum
The Riviera Guest House is situated on the West Cliff of Whitby and has 15 uniquely styled bedrooms and breathtaking views.
These views are especially apparent from the dining room where you have a clear view of the sea through its floor to ceiling bay window.
Just a stone’s throw away from this lovely guest house is the Captain Cook Museum where Cook himself lived in 1746.
Owned by John Walker, Captain James Cook slept in the attic whilst being an apprentice and was looked after by housekeeper Mary Prowd.
The house today contains collections of artwork, maps, charts, letters, information on the South seas and models of Cook’s ships. The attic in which he slept is now a space for annual exhibitions.
Chainbridge Cottage, The River Esk and shopping
Chainbridge Cottage is situated on the River Esk just a 20-minute walk from Whitby. It has two bedrooms which sleep four and a lovely open kitchen and dining area.
With one double and one twin room, it is the perfect place for families to enjoy Whitby weekend breaks.
The lounge which overlooks the river has a flat-screen TV and comfortable furnishings. On a nice sunny day, however, it is hard to imagine anyone sitting inside when they could enjoy the riverside garden and its views.
With decking and seating, the garden could also be the perfect place to enjoy some fresh Whitby Kippers at breakfast time.
Fortunes Kippers is a smokehouse and shop located on the east side of Whitby. Founded in 1872 by William Fortune it has been selling those breakfast kippers you want to enjoy for 139 years.
Whilst there you may also want to do a bit of shopping on Church Street. Why not treat yourself to some Whitby Jet.
Jet is a semi-precious stone of the deepest opaque black made from fossilised wood. It is a highly popular stone for every type of jewellery with Whitby well known to produce the finest quality.
Ellie’s Guest House, A Day At The Beach and Crabbing
Situated just 150 yards from the seafront, Ellie’s Guest House is a lovely little guest house that has been furnished to a high standard.
It has twin, doubles and king size bedrooms making it a perfect little place for families to stay. Bedrooms are light, bright and airy and come with complimentary toiletries.
Once up and about after your good night's sleep here breakfast is served in the dining room with its large bay window overlooking the avenue.
Whilst waiting for your full English you can admire the displays of Val’s handcrafted porcelain flowers, Kat’s unique one of a kind bears and Bats and Pieces handcrafted jewellery.
After breakfast why not head to one of Whitby’s three beaches; Tate Hill, East Cliff Flats or Whitby main beach and enjoy the sun and sea.
Or maybe you’d prefer to do a little crabbing next to Whitby bridge in the designated fishing area. Handheld lines and bait are available from many shops in the area.
Middlewood Farm Holiday Park and Robin Hood’s Bay
Located on the outskirts of Fylingthorpe just a ten-minute walk from the beach and village of Robin Hood’s Bay, Middlewood Farm is a fabulous camping site with space for tents, tourers and also offering luxury gypsy caravans to hire.
Facilities here include 2 washrooms, baby changing, 2 dishwashing areas and an adventure play area. It is just five minutes walk from the local shops and public house.
There is also an electrical hook up available with all tourer pitches being hard standing.
Here you will find a fabulous museum, the old coastguard station, Old St Stephen’s Church and spooky ghost walks.
The Wheeldale, fishing, and boat trips
The Wheeldale is a warm and welcoming 4 star guest house on the West cliff of Whitby. It has dramatic sea views and was awarded the Trip Advisor certificate of excellence two years in a row.
Catering to over 18’s only it is perfect for that romantic getaway for two.
All rooms are doubles with some having seating areas, balconies, and even Jacuzzis. All rooms are decorated to a high standard and have comfortable double beds.
There is a communal guest lounge downstairs with access to a PC, TV and DVD player.
Since you will be spending your time with views of the North Sea, it would seem to also be the perfect time to enjoy what the sea has to offer. Being a fishing town Whitby has many boating and fishing trips available.
Fishing wise you can participate in beach fishing, harbour fishing and boat fishing for species such as cod, billet, flatfish, mackerel, whiting, and crabs.
Boat trips on the other hand are the perfect opportunity to view this historic town from a completely different perspective.
The evening cruises are particularly beautiful and provide amazing views of the town at dusk and in the dark.
Glen Studio, Robin Hood’s Bay
Glen Studio in the hamlet of Raw is the perfect little getaway for being creative. It has a combined lounge and bedroom with double bed, sofa, futon, TV, DVD and table and chairs.
It also has a kitchenette with a tabletop cooker and basic appliances. The bathroom contains a bath, basin, and WC. Picture windows provide views of the garden that also has seating.
From the garden, the views are impressive and look out over fields that are full of wildlife. Foxes, roe deer, badgers, rabbits and wild birds have all been spotted there.
This makes it a glorious spot for artists who long to paint nature at its best. It has also been used as a bolt hole for writers due to its peace and tranquility.
The Firs Guesthouse and Runswick Bay
Runswick Bay is an old-fashioned fishing village just 8 miles from Whitby on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
Despite being a village there is plenty to do there such as surfing, sailing, visiting the RNLI lifeboat station and tiny Methodist chapel which dates back to 1829.
The Firs is the perfect place to stay and enjoy the sights of this village with its warm Yorkshire welcome and comfortable rooms.
All rooms here are en-suite and are furnished with TV, coffee making facilities, sofas, easy chairs, radios and iPod docking stations.
Some of the Fir’s rooms have magnificent four-poster beds whilst others have flexible occupancy.
Breakfast at the Firs is freshly prepared with homemade bread, jams and marmalades being on offer. They also serve an award-winning black pudding on their full English breakfast.
Kipper Cottage, Dracula, and ghost walking
Kipper Cottage sleeps seven in three bedrooms and has two bathrooms. It is located on the East side of Whitby near the Abbey.
There is a short but steep cobbled path leading to its door and the apartment above can also be renting increasing the number of people able to stay to fifteen.
Within Kipper Cottage there is a cozy lounge with a bay window seat and a gorgeous kitchen diner. The bathroom is modern and has a separate shower cubicle with one of the bedrooms also being en-suite.
Should you need it there is also room for 2 cots or Z beds.
Since Kipper Cottage is located very near to the Abbey, it is obvious it will be a place to explore. It is not only popular for its history, however but also for its fictional visitor, Count Dracula himself!
Should you wish to learn more about him and his journey the Dracula Experience is the place to go.
Not only does the Dracula Experience tell the story of the famous Count but it is also a haunted place in its own right.
Tales of orbs floating around in its rooms are prevalent along with the tale of a little girl playing. Most Haunted have become aware of this and now run a paranormal night there once a month.
If that doesn’t fulfil your spooky fix, however, you can always also take a ghost walk.
Attractions on this include the screaming tunnel which whilst picturesque and beautiful through the day takes on a different persona at night. Visitors there claim to hear screaming and the touch of a ghostly hand!