An ancient town on the edge of the North Sea: Whitby is home to magnificent soaring herring gulls, crashing waves, miles of sandy beach, towering cliffs, jet, ship wrecks, ammonite-embedded rocks and dinosaur footprints.

Walks around Whitby are stunning.
There are plenty of paths to explore along the coast, across moorland and through forest and industrial heritage.

Even on the days when the weather is raw and the wind snatches your words, the countryside is always stunning. Whitby is famous for sunsets. Unusually the harbour points north and in the summer the sun both sets and rises over the North Sea. In the winter, the moon grapples up the east cliff to hang over St. Mary’s and the Abbey, and this sight is amazingly beautiful.

Whitby has a rich heritage and history. Here you can learn about the whaling industry, the ship building trades and apprentices the age of steam and railways and the Victorian jet industry.

There is of course the Bram Stoker connection to the dramatic Abbey, but there are also lots of other literary connections, including Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland. Whitby has a strong language legacy of the Vikings and you can also learn about the tough lives of fisher families, the evolution of the lifeboat service and the history of the Quakers.

If you are feeling nostalgic for a traditional British day out at the sea side Whitby has everything you need.

There are lots of cafés and pubs to choose from, and plenty of ways to enjoy your stay. Deck chairs, buckets and spades, sandcastles, paddling, donkey rides, amusement arcades, palmistry and crystal ball readings. There are lots of treats to be had including sticks of rock and, of course, fish and chips!