Ruswarp Hall Hotel

4-6 High Street, Whitby, YO21 1NH, United Kingdom
Ruswarp Hall Hotel
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Forum Posts

Which side of river best for B&B?

by Raunchy_Poet

Hi there - Whitby cognoscenti!

It's many, many years since I went to Whitby, and all I remember is the abbey up on the hill on one side of the river. I want to book 1-2 nights B&B, and would like to know which side of the river is best. Any other info on well-positioned B&Bs would be welcome.


Re: Which side of river best for B&B?

by bathman

As (an estranged) native of the area, I'd say that east side is generally more basic and less expensive. West side can be posher with inflated prices, especially during school holidays. Nice place to go.

Re: Which side of river best for B&B?

by Sjalen

I'd stay on the Abbey side just because it's much cosier. But the other side of course has much more of a choice.

Re: Which side of river best for B&B?

by leics

It's not such a huge place that a huge difference is made, imo. The Abbey side is more picturesque (but you might have to pay for car parking, lots of older properties don't have spaces), the opposite site has the main town, museum etc. The longest (sandy) beaches are on the non-Abbey side, but the best fossils on the Abbey side (some issues with tidal access tho). I stayed on the cliffs, facing the beach, on the non-Abbey side and found everywhere perfectly walkable (albeit rather hilly).

Re: Which side of river best for B&B?

by Raunchy_Poet

Thanks for the info, folks. I'm a regular visitor to the Edinburgh Fringe, and I like to return South via an overnight stay somewhere en route. Previous years have included the Lake District, Durham, Yorkshire Dales ... this year it'll be the Nort Yorkshire Moors / Whitby. Looking forward to it!

Re: Which side of river best for B&B?

by keith750cc

I dont really think it matters which side you stay on, more important is where you stay, if you are looking for a top quality B&B, look no further than the LEEWAY, its on Havelock Place about 5 mins uphill from the harbour, close to everything, pubs, shops. Just got back from there and its spot on.

Enjoy, atb Keith

Re: Which side of river best for B&B?

by Raunchy_Poet

Thanks, Keith, and everyone else. I went in August and stayed on the non-Abbey side, but I could see that either side would've been OK.

It was a warm weekend in August and I think the world and its uncle were also there. It would've been better at a quieter time, but we enjoyed our weekend.

Travel Tips for Whitby

Whitby Harbour Views I

by sandysmith

Just strolling around the harbour ar Whitby in warm - yes warm summer weather! was lovely taking in the harbour views and seeing all the colourful boats in the harbour. This is a view of the inner harbour which is separated from the outer harbour with its piers by a swing bridge - where this pic was taken from.


by bugalugs

If you are visiting Whitby and have a bit of spare time take a short trip to Goathland a lovely little village in the North Yorkshire Moors which features in a British tv programme called Heartbeat. Heartbeat is set in the 1960's and is known for all the hits of that era to be played as background music.
It has a little museum showing exhibits from Heartbeat, and you can see the pub, the garage and post office which are used in the tv series.
From Whitby take the A171 west for about a mile and then take the A169 for about 7 miles straight into Goathland.

More whitby fish and chips

by kitkat1980 about Quayside

The restaurant is owned by Stuart Fusco who was named british fish fryer of the year in 2004-05 and won les Routiers cafe of the year award in 2005. This restaurant sells the traditional whitby fish and chips, wish are some of the best in the area. It prides itself on using the best quality ingredients. The restaurant is a 80 seater licensed non smoking restaurant and had facilities for children and the disabled.

I personally have never eaten inside at the quayside but have used their takeaway and found there food to be excellent. I do however think the magpie is better, but this is cheaper and doesnt have a queue but is almost as good.

A walk along the East Pier

by jduck1979

The Est Pier in Whitby is almost the same as the West Pier on the other side of the harbour, except it ain't in quite as good a shape........ access to the East Pier was restored once again around 2001/2002 with a (very steep) ramp down from the Street replacing a bridge like structure that had to be demolished due to "Structural integrity issues", but no sooner was this sorted, then the bridge over to the Pier Extension on that one had to be removed (also due to Structural integrity issues), with Scarborough Borough Council being too cheap to replace it (don't know why.... amount they charge for council tax round here)...... which is a bit of a bugger, as the place was listed in "The Art of Fishing" as a Hot spot for Shore fishing for Mackerel.
The walking surface has always been more rough than the west pier, and never really been much in the way of guard rails, except on the extension........... but the scenery is just as good (though getting back up that ramp isn't as easy as going down it).

Take a ghost walk

by Rachael71

There are a couple of ghost walks in Whitby, and I found the tour we took was a really enjoyable way of seeing the town. Our guide took us to lots of sights and told us all sorts of stories about ghosts, ghouls and, of course, Dracula! He also gave us lots of information about the history of the town, including some interesting tales about its smuggling past. It's not too scary and, unlike a lot of ghost walks, not gimmicky.

There are plenty of posters around the town telling you where to meet, it may not be necessary to ook in advance.


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