Whitby Travel Guide

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Whitby Things to Do

  • Captain Cook, Beach and Pier

    Walking along the beach and piers are obvious things to do in Whitby. The extension of the piers into the sea have no attractions on it but offers you a nice view onto the sea as well as the city. The beach next to the West Pier is often referred to as Whitby Sands and (depending of tide, of course) as wide sand beaches. East to the embankment of...

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  • Church of St Mary

    The best known church in Whitby is the Church of St Mary which stands high on the east cliff, next to the Abbey. It is a small fortress like , squat church commanding great views over the town and out to the North Sea, which batters the cliffs below it with huge waves at certain times of the year.There has been a church on this site since 1110 and...

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  • Whitby Abbey

    Whitby Abbey is a ruined Benedictine abbey sited on the East Cliff, 199 steps above Whitby harbour - you can drive up to the Abbey or walk up the 199 steps from the town on the East Cliff side. There is a large car park and access to the ruins from the car park is via a lift in the visitor centre so disabled access is good but the ground can be...

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Whitby Restaurants

  • Magpie Cafe

    4 out of 5 stars

    They have the reputation of serving the world's best fish and chips. Unfortunately, that reputation has spread around very far which means that you can queue for quite a long time before you get a table. If you want a table for classic lunch or dinner times, reserve ahead or prepare to wait – especially during the summer season and on...

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  • The Duke of York

    4 out of 5 stars

    Old style pun with real ale which wants to cater for everyone. Wide range of meals and family friendly. The place has been a pub for over 150 years and the wooden beams in the building have surely seen a a lot of costumers. Seating is limited, especially at the window front which offers a wonderful view over city and bay. Due to its location, the...

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  • Probably Whitby's most famous pub

    Old style pun with real ale which wants to cater for everyone. Wide range of meals and family friendly. The place has been a pub for over 150 years and the wooden beams in the building have surely seen a a lot of costumers. Seating is limited, especially at the window front which offers a wonderful view over city and bay. Due to its location, the...

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  • Old-fashioned city centre pub

    Good old-fashioned pub with a small selection of real ales. Interior decoration has a focus on lifeboat stuff. Was there for a break during daytime and there were a handful of frequent customers. They also have s small menu, mainly sandwiches and salads, but I can't say anything about the quality of the food. Lies conveniently between the town...

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  • City centre pub

    Again, one of the pubs I visited in the afternoon for a break between two sights. There was a hand full of locals, but it did not seem to become as lively in the evening as the Elsinore or the Wellington. Has real ales on tap and makes an overall nice impression. Real ales are on tap. The Black Swan has the advantage of being centrally located.No...

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  • The Rock Music and Games Pub

    Although it may look like your classic pub, the Wellington is surely not. This is the place where you go for punk rock music and pub games like billiard. This means that the place rather comes to life in the evening or at daytime on weekends. During the daytime, I had the impression that it's family friendly, but empty. In the early evening hours,...

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Whitby Transportation

  • By Train to Whitby (Esk Valley Railway)

    The nearest transport hubs are Middlesbrough and Scarborough and the coach is the quickest and most reliably connection to both. However, there is also a railway service from Middlesbrough which is far more scenic than the bus. At least one of the attendants on the train is a real enthusiast and announces each stop with some good background...

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  • Other options to get to Whitby

    There was another direct bus from York to Whitby, the 840 York Bus should we have chosen to go direct but the frequency was only every 1-2 hours and we would have had to leave York an hour earlier. That bus takes 2:23 to get between the two cities and takes a different route through the Moors, had we done that I thought about stopping in Goathland...

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  • Bus travel

    We got to Whitby from York by taking a train to Scarborough and then a bus from Scarborough to Whitby with an hour stop in Robin Hood's Bay. We bought a North East All Zones family day ticket at 13.50£ which covered all of our journeys on the X93 route and any other Arriva service (although they said that I assume it's just any other service in the...

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Whitby Shopping

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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

  • Old Town - East and West

    Some “Off The Beaten Path” - things to see in Whitby's old town.West Side:An interesting, colourful building is located at Cliff Street. It dates from 1888 and has a lot of fossils and shells in its facade. Whitby was hit in WWII by German bombs. It is easy to find the spot in Flowergate where the bombs fell as you will see a single ugly late 20th...

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  • 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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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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  • Tourist Information / Walk Leaflets

    The tourist information, close to the railway station in Whitby, is excellent! Not only does the staff make a good impression with their local knowledge, but they have also souvenirs and basic traveller items for sale. The best however is the wide range of leaflets about the nearby tourist attractions. This includes town walk leaflets leaflets made...

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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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