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Holidays in Whitby

Whitby holidays: an idyllic coastal town with stunning beaches and great attractions

Beach huts line Whitby sea front

Located on the beautiful North Yorkshire coast, Whitby is one of the country’s most distinctive towns, with a busy harbour, sandy beach and strong associations with Captain Cook, Goths and Dracula.

Whitby is a seaside town like no other. It has everything you would expect from a British resort, including sandy beaches, amusement arcades and a bustling promenade. But Whitby is also a busy fishing port, with a thriving quayside fish market. It’s this distinctive combination that makes Whitby such an interesting holiday destination.

Rural Whitby

As you explore the narrow, cobbled streets which run down to the River Ersk, you’ll discover interesting shops and a variety of eateries, serving fresh seafood. The town is full of fascinating historical landmarks, including a ruined abbey, perched on a cliff top overlooking the town.

Whitby was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s horror novel, Dracula, and is famous for having been the training ground of a young Captain Cook, who went on to lead groundbreaking voyages across the globe.

The town hosts a number of excellent annual events, including the renowned Whitby Goth Weekend, when thousands of Goths descend on the town for two days of music and shopping.

A holiday in Whitby would be incomplete without a day at Whitby Sands, a lovely beach which stretches west from the harbour, where you can sunbathe, swim or take a donkey ride. Look out for the Captain Cook monument, which shows the great explorer gazing out to sea.

One of Whitby’s most popular attractions is the excellent Captain Cook Memorial Museum, housed in a 17th century house by the harbour, where a young James Cook started as an apprentice. He went on to lead a series of epic voyages of discovery, which are beautifully documented at this award-winning museum.

Whitby is famous for its seafood and a holiday here would be incomplete without sampling fresh cockles or mussels at one of the town’s many restaurants. If you’re not a fan of seafood, there’s a great variety of eateries in the town centre, serving classic British food and authentic dishes from around the world. Right next to the harbour with amazing sea views is The Pier Inn, a lively pub with a range of local ales and an extensive menu of pub classics, such as fish and chips. Humble Pie ‘n’ Mash shop is one of Whitby’s most popular places to eat. This welcoming establishment has an open fire and serves a variety of delicious, inexpensive pies, all served with creamy mash and gravy. For a full English breakfast, good coffee or light lunch, check out Arnie’s, a uniquely decorated coffee bar and bistro which dates back to 1640.

“Located on the beautiful North Yorkshire coast, Whitby is one of the country’s most distinctive towns, with a busy harbour, sandy beach and strong association with Captain Cook, Goths and Dracula.”

Whitby is an excellent base for exploring the beautiful county of Yorkshire. The surrounding coast is dotted with quaint fishing villages and spectacular beaches, such as Robin Hood’s Bay, which is a short drive away. Whitby is also a stone’s throw from The North York Moors National Park, a rugged land which is popular among wildlife-watchers and hikers.

Take a look at our full collection of Whitby cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Whitby Museum

This museum has exciting and interesting exhibits to delight visitors of all ages.

Whitby Abbey

Beautiful and ancient remains of a once inhabited monastery.

The Dracula Experience

Take this thrilling tour of the Dracula story, only for the brave!

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