Things to do in Whitby. Venues, Where to Go, What to see.
The traditional maritime town of Whitby, with its old cobbled streets, picturesque houses and sandy blue-flag beach is a great place for a holiday or short break. Whitby is set among fine stretches of coast with spectacular cliffs, beaches and bays.
In the old town, on the East Side of Whitby, you will find yourself in a shoppers’ paradise. With an a selection of unique shops offering famous Whitby Jet jewellery, local crafts, maritime memorabilia and antiques, you are sure to find yourself a holiday treasure to take home and remind you of your stay.
199 steps lead up from Henrietta Street to St Mary's church and the 13th century abbey ruins which dominate the skyline on the east cliff.
Tate Hill beach is within the harbour itself. Small, but perfectly formed - offering some very safe bathing. Good access from here to the East pier which is perfect for a romantic stroll or a sñot of fishing. PS, don't tell anyone but one of Whitby's best kept secrets is that the best place by far to watch the Whitby Regatta fireworks from is Tate Hill Beach! You can go down there with relatively few crowds, have a little driftwood camp-fire and watch the display. A great night out!
East Cliff Flats lie under the cliff just beyond Tate Hill beach - over the east pier and can only be accessed when the tide is out. You will find a large expanse of rock, covered in rock pools, fossils and vast quantities of mussels, starfish and other shell fish. This is an excellent place to explore when you can (it will keep you rock pooling for hours) but don't get too carried away, literally, because the tide comes in very quickly. Stay close to the access point at the pier unless you know exactly what the tide is doing. You'll find a tide timetable in Andersons newspaper shop near the swing bridge, or you can just take a look at blackboard on the door of the booth that operates the swing bridge.
Whitby beach is a lovely long sandy beach with beach huts and it's accessed from the west side - there is a ramp down to the left of the pier near to the lifeboat station. It is the only beach on the Yorkshire Coast to get the Blue Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy - what an accolade. There is a cliff lift near to the Spa Pavilion but it only runs at certain times of year. You might opt for a donkey ride or maybe take a leisurely stroll to Sandsend for lunch (but please check the tide before you set off or you'll be walking back along the cliff).
For food connoisseurs, Whitby has it all. Award winning fish and chip restaurants, continental delights, traditional sea-shanty inns preparing locally cooked produce and olde worlde English tea rooms serving freshly baked pastries and Yorkshire teas.
Whitby is extremely popular with visitors throughout the year, and not just in the summer months. Many varied events are planned over the year, both in Whitby and the surrounding area. During the summer, Whitby Regatta, Folk Week and Steampunk Weekend are probably the biggest and most popular events to take place. In both Spring and Autumn, the Whitby Goth Weekends have grown so hugely in popularity that people travel from all over the world to attend. Check out the dates for your calendar listed below.
Things to Do
Play sandcastles on Tate Hill Beach just over the road
Explore the rock pools (check the tide first)
Take a stroll along one of the piers
Go crabbing : near to the old swing bridge
Explore Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Take one of the Boat Trips and see Whitby from the sea
Check out what's on at Whitby Pavilion during your stay
Go on a Whitby Dracula walk at sunset - if you dare!
Take a unique tour through the Dracula Experience Museum
Food and Drink
You can't come to Whitby without sampling the fish and chips. Either to eat in or take-away, there is an array of establishments to choose from. Award winning restaurants such as Quayside and The Magpie Cafe or an abundance of fish and chip shops - and we all have our favourite!
Whitby has many great pubs. Young, old, trendy, traditional, Folkie or Goth, not to mention the real ale!
Dates for your calendar
Tuesday afternoons October 2018 to March 2019 - Tea Dances with Ray Kirk, Pavilion
7-9 December 2018 - Robin Hood's Bay Victorian Weekend
9-10 February 2019 - Whitby Steampunk Weekend
12-14 April 2019 - Goth Weekend
26 June 2019 - Cliff Richard at Scarborough Open Air Theatre
1 August 2019 - Kylie at Scarborough Open Air Theatre
10-12 August 2019 - Whitby Regatta
17-23 August 2019 - Folk Week
25-27 October 2019 - Goth Weekend
15-17 August 2020 - Whitby Regatta
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