A day out in Whitby

A seaside town with interesting stories, dramatic coastline, great English heritage, spooky history,and best fish and chips! Whitby brags it all considering how compact the town is! 

View of Whitby and Beach
It was in this town that Count Dracula set foot on English soil in the Bram Stoker’s novel. Now, after all those 112 years since the novel has been released, Whitby and spooky has mingled well, and it has become the town’s identity today. The Dracula Experience and Whitby Gothic Weekend are the most famous things people come to experience.  Having such an intriguing identity, it’s difficult to break the cliche and colour the town’s identity differently  . But honestly we think Whitby deserves much more attention beyond goth and draculas. It’s a gorgeous seaside town!  

Here’s our recommendations and 13 things to do in this fascinating town. 

View of Whitby Abbey and Church

1. Be a beach bum
Seeing such a beautiful coastline, one definitely cannot resist the feeling of taking a dip in the sea.  Don’t fancy that? Play beach volley or simply soak under the sun! 

North Yorkshire Coast

2. See Whitby Abbey
Climb 199 steps and you will be rewarded with a stunning ruins of Abbey overlooking the coast and the town.

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey Black & White

3. See the Church of St.Mary
As you climb 199 steps to see the Abbey, you will pass through the church of St.Mary.

Church Whitby

4. Go on sea cruise for £2.50
The cruises start from the town harbour and as you see, children under 5 go free!

Sea Trip in Whitby

5. Go Vintage
See the town in style. Go on a vintage mini bus tour.

Tour the Whitby vintage van

6. Explore the busy shopping streets and amusement arcades
Shops in Whitby since 1911

7. Walk to the lighthouse

Views of North Sea from Whitby
8. Enjoy the harbour view from the hill

Whitby Postcard

9. Frame the colored roofs of Whitby

Buildings of Whitby

10. Visit Captain Cook museum
This is the town where Captain Cook lived at his young age learning the skills of the seaman.
Whitby Scenes

11. Walk the narrow streets and you’ll come across an array of unique things to buy

12. Eat fish & chips or flavoured lollies or homemade ice-creams. You are spoiled with choices!

13. Go Gothic!
Considering that Whitby will be the hands down winner of being the halloween town of UK, its not fair to miss out the fun. Visit the Dracula Experience or go for a ghost tour, or go for one of the famous Whitby Goth Weekend!!

Whitby is located along the coast of East Yorkshire.  There’s plenty of boutique and luxury hotels and B & B around the town.  It’s an affordable destination to both explore the town, and the North York Moors National Park. 

Have you been to Whitby? 

27 Responses

  1. The first five photos are exceptional! Super shots 🙂

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  2. We totally adore Whitby too, we were there only last week!

    We have a caravan in Filey so whenever we stay we try to make a trip to wonderful Whitby.

    Walking along the harbour is great for some fabulous views.

    I'd also recommend getting there sooner rather than later. A year or two ago heavy rains made much of the cliff side fall away. This has made great danger for the (Dracula) St Mary's Church on top of the hill. If more heavy rains cause land slides we might lose the church all together 🙁

    • Oh that's not good news that the cliff is eroding faster. It was a lovely town, and considering most of the beauty lies around the cliff, something should be done by the council to stop cliffs fall away 🙁

  3. Since reading Dracula I've wanted to visit Whitby, looks like a lovely, traditional English seaside town!

  4. As usual, amazing photos! Whitby sounds like a fun place. England is my dream destination and getting all the insights about it on your blog is helpful. Thank you!

    • Thanks Renuka 🙂 People who travel to England most often traverse through the over rated attractions and cities that they fail to see what lies beyond those! Glad we are of some help to you.

  5. Nice list of things to do. If I am in UK for Halloween, seems Whitby is the place to be.

  6. I have been to Whitby before and lved it. It is such a relaxing little place. Perfect for a weekend break.

  7. There are so many places to see in UK, Anu. I heard many of these places thanks to you. Lovely pics, as always. 🙂

  8. You hooked me in the the Dracula comment but your photos are stunning! What a gorgeous spot- would love to visit one day. Thanks for sharing these tips (and the spooky Dracula history!)

  9. Ruins? A stunning beach? What's not to like? 🙂 Just checked on a map of England where it was exactly and where the nearest airport is

  10. I've never been to Whitby, although we've traveled through England. I'll have to make sure we stop next time we are in the area.

  11. WOWOW what a beautiful place and I LIVE IN UK.. I so have to visit this place

    right next holidays this is on the list to visit ..


  12. Love this! The colors are so great and it looks like such a friendly town. Great photos!

  13. Brings back childhood memories! Especially the jar of sweets and fish n chips! I miss fish n chips here in Prague 🙁 I love visiting towns like Whitby now as an adult but they were so miserable and dull as a kid!

    • Finally, I hear from someone who's been to Whitby! Now they've made the place attractive for kids too, with lot of Amusement arcades, boat trips, candy shops, games etc.

  14. Beautiful place! I am all for exploring towns close to home as much as I visit countries outside the UK. This will be joining my list of places to visit in the UK.

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