Whitby Travel Guide

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Whitby Highlights

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     Scenic seaside town, history, character, something for everyone 

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     too many tourists in a small space 

  • In a nutshell
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     A Seaside town with character! 

Whitby Things to Do

  • Grape Lane- Captain Cook connections

    Grape Lane, is one of Whitbys typical old streets, narrow and winding, with 'ghauts’ (narrow alleyways) that would have led to the River Esk below.There are some attractive buildings and shops (mainly antique and art shops as well as a few 'alternative' shops (A witchcraft shop?) and cafes) Apparently, the name of the street was once Grope Lane -...

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  • THE GUN FROM SS AFRICAN TRANSPORT

    This gun is an interesting bit of World War I history. The 12 Pounder (5.7kg) gun was used for protection by the cargo ship SS African Transport. Sadly it wasn’t much use when the ship was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-88 on 25 June 1918. The gun was recovered by Mr. J.P. Stevenson and was placed on the seafront in 1986. The wreck of the...

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  • The Grand Turk

    The Grand Turk is a full-sized replica of an old sailing ship, only difference being that modern safety regulations mean it has to have diesel engines for emergency back-up.It was originally created for some TV series called "Hornblower".... and I recall it was also the venue for when Billy Connolly launched his own brand of Tea a few years back.It...

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Whitby Restaurants

  • Family run Fish and Chip Restaurant

    For many, a visit to Whitby wouldn't be the same without eating Fish and Chips at least once!Many visiters head to The Magpie (or one of the other 'Multi Award Winning' Restaurants) and queue for a table, or at the adjacent 'Take Away'. Yes, The Magpie is perhaps the best known establishment.... but - you might have to queue quite a while, then...

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  • Try the Scampi!

    Whitby is almost as famous for its Scampi as for its Vampires A type of Langoustine, also known as the Dublin Bay Prawn; no trip to the coastal town would be complete without sampling some of this breaded fishy goodness!The Duke Of York is considered one of the best pubs in Whitby to get your teeth into this local delicacy, and at the bottom of the...

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  • WHAT A WHOPPER

    On my recent day trip to Whitby I went to this take away for a fish. Whitby is the best place in the world for a nice portion of Battered cod or haddock, in fact I think it is illegal to visit Whitby and not have fish and chips.I had nearly finished my delicious fish sitting on a nearby bench when a massive seagull tried its luck and tried to grab...

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Whitby Nightlife

  • Goth-Stop

    The Little Angel is a nice pub on Flowergate. It is a popular haunt for the Goths that flock to Whitby for the Goth Weekends twice a year.The bar area is quite cosy and we definitely felt comfortable in here. There are several areas to the pub but the main area hosts entertainment several nights a week, although unfortunately we only got chance to...

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  • Good Friendly Pub

    The Little Angel is a friendly pub on Flowergate, It is opposite the Elsinore which when i used to go to Whitby for the Whitby Gothic Weekend events was always full so we could always be found in the Angel. I had some really good times here. We called in on a recent visit and it has not changed at all. The inn was probably built in the late 18th or...

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  • Whitby's newest Night club

    Whitby's newest Night club, only recently opened in May 2008 after much Legal wrangling.Located on Wellington Road, above BEEZ.Not been there (I ain't really much of a going out person, especially at night), but exchanges between my Facebook friends suggests the place has potential. None as far as I'm aware..... seen pictures on Facebook of some...

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Whitby Transportation

  • Day ranger on the trains

    There are two day ranger tickets available from Whitby. The Moorslink ticket gives unlimited travel on one day on the rail line to Middlesborough and on the Moorsbus ( see separate tip) network of buses. Adults £13.50 and children £7.00. Family price £28The Tyne and Tees Day Ranger (after 08:45) covers the area from Whiltby to Hexham on Northern...

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  • Getting here by Train

    The town is served by the Esk Valley branchline from Middlesbrough along one of the most scenic railway routes in the country.Usually just 4 Trains a day, arriving roughly around:8:40am (School Train)12:05pm3:40pm (School Train)7:05pmDeparting around:8:55am12:41pm3:55pm (School Train)c. 7:10 - 7:30pm

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  • Open top Bus

    There are many tours offered around whitby to take a ride on a open top bus and see the sights. Giving your fantastic views you of all the local sites in the area. Its a fantastic way to experience the wonderful winding roads and sea views, without having to take many of the steep hills , which can be quite a walk. Highly reccomended for those...

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  • Whitby Jet

    Whitby jet is a decorative black stone which adorns many a necklace, ring or bracelet in the Jewellers of Whitby. It became popular in Whitby during the Victorian Era. The stone is formed from the fossilised remains of the Monkey Puzzle tree and since the Bronze Age, people have been crudely carving pieces of Whitby jet.The mechanisation of...

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  • Top photography equipment spot

    This is a small photographic equipment shop, which I thought deserved a free plug, as earlier today (23/3/06) on my way home from work placement I decided to pop into BOOTS to get a bigger xD Memory card for the Digital camera I bought myself for my birthday earlier this week - they had the official Fuji 128MB card for 19.99GBP, which was a penny...

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  • Famous photographers shop.

    Frank Meadow Sutcliffe was one of the few people with a camera in Whitby in Victorian times and he became world famous as one of the greatest exponents of pictorial photography, winning over 60 gold, silver and bronze medals in his lifetime.He recorded Whitby life as he saw it - old sailing ships, fisher folk around the town , children playing on...

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Whitby Local Customs

  • Dracula

    Since Bram Stoker penned his novel Dracula, Whitby and the most famous of Vampires have had a strong connection. It was here that Dracula reached England, and where much of the novel is set.As such, there are references to Dracula throughout Whitby, from small souvenirs, through to inspired hotels and 'The Dracula Experience', which unfortunately...

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  • Rock

    If you look at Sandy Smiths excellent Scarborough page you will see she has an article on rock and here is my Whitby equivalent.For those of you who do not know rock is not really anything to do with rock ( as found on the foreshore or in a cave) but at the English seaside it is sticks of sugary candy that takes ages to suck and eat. Not at all...

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  • The Yorkshire Accent

    You might find some of the yorkshire folk difficult to understand. There is a tendency to miss out h's in words. The are also just many ways that words become mispronuciated - for example down is pronunced "dahn" or a child is a "bairn". The yorkshire people however pride themself on being very friendly and if you dont understand them simply ask...

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Whitby Warnings and Dangers

  • Single track roads on the moors

    Beware when travelling on some roads across the moors outside Whitby. There is an excellent grid of roads crossing the moors but many are single track in the more remote areas. There are passing places but luckily it is rare to meet another vehicle coming towards you on these roads. If you are planning to travel and use minor roads buy an Ordnance...

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  • Only one bridge across the river

    There is only one bridge across the river in the town centre and when a ship needs to sail in or out of the harbour there can be long delays to people and traffic whilst the bridge is opened and closed.

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  • Staithes Access

    Staithes is only a small town and really is designed for those that are walkers. The car park is at the top of staithes, just off the main road, however to get down to the harbour and the older houses, the road down is extremly steep, and is a great challenge. There is no parking in the town or on the seafront as this is residents only, however it...

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Whitby Tourist Traps

  • The Lifeboat museums

    Whitby and Staithes (and posssibly runswick bay) have lifeboat museums and shops. These are worht a small visit and popping in to see the lifeboats but dont be fooled into thinking that you can spend alot of time here. They are only small and there isnt much to see in them. It is worth a visit or a drop in but dont expect it to be a large

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  • Parking

    The car parks in whitby can be very expensive - there is more parking (from my knowledge) on the west cliff of whitby - the one of the other side to the abbey and the walk still has steps down into the town - via the whale bones but there are alot less steps than from the abbey. However.... to avoid having a problem with the expensive parking its...

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  • Out on the water

    There are several types of boat trip something for everyone, I saw a speedboat, a fishing boat, Replica of Capt James Cooks ship HMS Endeavor (you can get money off if you go on the yellow bus), Whitby's old lifeboat Mary Ann Hepworth, as well as leasure craft like the Esk Belle.I went on the Whitby's old lifeboat Mary Ann Hepworth, sadly the day...

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Whitby What to Pack

  • North East Weather

    Even in the summer here, it can get very rainy and cold, you just cant predict, so its always worthwhile bringing a water proof with you just in case.Whitby is also pretty much all cobbled streets, and has some steep roads, so its very advisable to wear sensible shoes (especially if you intend to walk the many steps up to the abbey) There are...

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  • Come prepared for all weathers!

    A day sack to carry your waterproof/fleece etc. Probably best to wear layers, so if the sun comes out unexpectedly, or if you've run up the 199 steps, you can cool off! Likewise, waterproof jacket/ fleece for those breezy/ rainy days.Fishermans gear/full diving suit for when the rains blowing in horizontally from the North Sea!!! ;-OAs always,...

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  • A Local's guide to what Traveller's...

    Something easy to carry, as the Terrain round these parts is seriously endowed with steep hills. 3:1 Jacket (Fleece / Outershell)SweatshirtAnything but sandals to wear on your feet, as people don't always clean up after their dogs & horses! Nothing special Any half decent 35mm film camera, or a digital camera will usually suffice.

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Whitby Off The Beaten Path

  • Donkey Field

    Arriving at St Marys Church via Caedmon's Trod (an alternative route to the popular 199 steps) we spotted an information board 'Digging the Donkey Field' The grassy field in front of us (we were informed) is properly known as Jacky Field and is one of the largest expanses of open ground in Whitby.Well, it looked just like an ordinary field to us,...

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  • A lesser known path to the Church and...

    After enjoying our Fish and Chips at Hadleys Fish Restaurant, we set off to explore more of this side of Church Street, and soon spotted the sign " Caedmon's Trod - Leading to Abbey" on the opposite wall was a street sign "Greens Yard"Most people walk to the Abbey, Church and Youth Hostel by the famous 199 steps from the other end of the cobbled...

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  • Botton Village

    Botton is a small village in North Yorkshire, England which is mainly a Camphill Community for people with learning disabilities. It was formed in 1955.It has a population of 300, approximately 150 of those who live there are adults with learning disabilities. All of the people who live in Botton live in large houses with one or more house parent....

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Whitby Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming

    Whitby's main beach actually has a Blue Flag which is a vast improvement from how it used to be along the Yorkshire coast. The beach is a great place to spend a sunny day, especially with children, and you can buy kites, buckets and all sorts of other fun in kiosks on the way there. Just bear in mind the tidal warning (see tip) as the tide is fast....

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  • Fishing

    The proud fishing town of Whitby of course has plenty of opportunities for you to try your luck with the fish. Walk to the inner harbour and have a look at the boards and posters everywhere around you with offers to take you out to sea and provide you with tackle and bait. Should you wish to stay ashore, that's also a possibility as my second...

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  • The River Esk

    Today, the Esk gives Whitby its charm. In the past, the river helped make Whitby an important regional port for the coal and iron ore that was mined in the North Yorkshire hills."Esk" is an old Celtic word that means "water". As rivers go, its not very long, only about 45 km (28 miles). But it's long enough to reach the sea!

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  • Whitby Pier and Lighthouse

    It's a survivor! So pretty on a calm day.Walking out to the end of the pier is something every visitor should attempt - if the weather cooperates! It gives you a sense of appreciation for the fisherfolk and commercial mariners who set sail from this isolated North Sea harbor.

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  • ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY

    Besides eating some wonderful seafood, do some shopping at one of the nice shops featuring jet jewelry.

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