Whitby Coast Guide 

Whitby is a small resort with a strong maritime tradition that includes fishing and whaling. This is also the home of Captain James Cook, the eighteenth century voyager and explorer who learnt to sail on the offshore waters. Today the town is a lively mix of old and new with modern cafe-bars intermingled with medieval buildings and traditional pubs full of salty sea dogs. 

                                                          Whitby Yorkshire coast

For details of  Whitby Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses, Cottages  and to visit Attractions.  Go to Whitby Hotels  Guest Houses and Cottages

The town is overlooked by the spectacular ruins of St. Hilda's Abbey which features in Bram Stoker's novel Dracula - try visiting in the moonlight! 


The coast to either side of the town is spectacular and the section to the north towards Redcar is designated as a Heritage Coast. Worth visiting are Saltburn-by-the-Sea and Redcar. To the south of Whitby is the spectacular Robin Hood Bay where there is also a small fishing village. Robin Hood Bay is also the eastern end of the Coast to Coast walking and cycling route that starts/finishes at Whitehaven Cumbria. Whitby is also famous for the mineral jet - which is jet black and is carved locally into jewellery and other artefacts. Jet is in fact fossilised monkey puzzle tree - but not a lot of people know that!

Whitby Quay     Whitby Harbour from the air      Robin Hood Bay

             Whitby Quay                              Whitby Harbour                        Robin Hood Bay



Places to visit around Whitby

Captain Cook Memorial Museum - Located in the house where Capt. Cook stayed while an apprentice - Grape Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4BA Tel +44(0) 1947 601900

Whitby Museum - Pannett Park, Whitby, N. Yorks YO21 1RE Phone: 01947 602908

Whitby Abbey - Ruins of once magnificent abbey - English Heritage 37,Tanner Row York North Yorkshire YO1 6WP Tel. 01904 601946

Whitby Coastal Cruises Ltd. -  Lodge Farm, Stainsacre Lane, Whitby N. Yorks. YO22 4HU Phone: 01947 601385

North York Moors

Map of the Whitby area

View Larger Map   


< Scarborough Guide                                                                                   Middlesbrough Guide >




Ukcoastguide 2016