Whitby Area Guide

Whitby oozes nostalgic charm. With a beautiful Blue Flag beach and fish restaurants renowned for their catch of the day, Whitby is the perfect place for a seaside getaway. High on the cliff edge, Whitby Abbey dominates the skyline. Behind all of the quintessential seaside glamour though lies a town brimming with history.


Whitby East Bank

Divided in two by the River Esk, you’ll find the older side of Whitby on the East bank. Narrow medieval alleyways weave in different directions from the quay. The cobbled streets are dotted with cosy cafes, independent shops and small restaurants.

Whitby was once a thriving jet industry, producing beautiful black gemstones which were beloved by the Victorians. Jewellery boutiques in the town still sell Whitby Jet today so you can wear a slice of Whitby history yourself!

Whitby West Cliff

The opposite side of Whitby is packed with seaside shops and restaurants. Lose track of time in the arcades or enjoy ice creams as you wander along the promenade. Awarded with the iconic Blue Flag, Whitby beach has miles of clean, sandy shores. Stroll along the pier and visit the Lighthouse. Just remember to stop and take a look at the incredible sea views!

Eating in Whitby

Whitby is also a historic figure within the fishing industry. Still popular for fishing today, you can’t visit without trying its delicious fish and chips! Some of our favourite restaurants include Trenchers and Abbey Wharf. We can’t forget the famous Magpie Cafe either!

If you’re looking for cafes and shops, head to the one of the oldest and most historic streets in Whitby – the beautiful Flowergate. For coffee lovers, we’d recommend heading to Whitby Deli. With a relaxed atmosphere, lovely staff, tasty menus and great drinks – what’s not to love?

Whitby Abbey

Perched high on the East Cliff above the town sits Whitby Abbey. A huge inspiration for many literary figures, the Abbey is most notably recognised in Bram Stoker’s famous gothic novel Dracula. Steeped in history, it is a popular tourist attraction and can be reached by climbing 199 steps from the town to the cliff top.

Plan your break in Whitby


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