A traditional maritime town with old cobbled streets, picturesque houses and sandy blue flag beach, Whitby is not your traditional coastal town. Set among fine stretches of coast with spectacular cliffs, beaches and bays, it has been voted an Enjoy England winner for Best Day Out.
Dominated by the cliff-top ruins of the beautiful 13th century Whitby Abbey, with its gaunt, imposing, commanding remains, it has recently been named Britain’s most romantic ruin. Founded in 657 by St Hilda, Whitby Abbey has, over the years, been a bustling settlement, a kings’ burial place, the setting for a historic meeting between Celtic and Roman clerics, the home of saints including the poet Caedmon, and inspiration for Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. Discover how over 2,000 years of history make the Abbey one of England’s most important archaeological sites.
199 steps lead down from the Abbey to the old town where you find yourself in a shoppers’ paradise. With an array of unique shops offering local crafts, famous Whitby Jet jewellery, maritime memorabilia and antiques, you are sure to find that holiday treasure.
For food connoisseurs, Whitby has it all. Award winning seafood restaurants, continental delights, traditional sea-shanty inns preparing locally cooked produce and English tea rooms serving freshly baked pastries and Yorkshire teas.
Whitby is a town of endless charm and surprising contrasts.