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Nestled along the coast of North Yorkshire, Whitby is a charming seaside town with breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and delicious cuisine. In this guide, we’ll explore the top places to visit and dine, ensuring your trip is unforgettable.

The Top Attractions in Whitby

Whitby Abbey

This iconic abbey, perched on a clifftop overlooking the town, is a must-visit. It’s not only a historic marvel but also offers panoramic views of Whitby and the North Sea.

Whitby Harbour

Stroll along the picturesque harbour, watch the fishing boats come and go, and explore the quaint shops and seafood restaurants that line the waterfront.

Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Learn about the famous explorer Captain James Cook and his connection to Whitby in this fascinating museum, housed in the historic building where Cook once lived.

Whitby Beach

Enjoy a day at the beach, whether it’s for sunbathing, building sandcastles, or taking a leisurely walk along the shoreline. It’s a perfect spot for a family outing.

199 Steps

Climb the legendary 199 steps that lead from the town to Whitby Abbey. Along the way, you’ll find historic buildings, charming cottages, and breathtaking views.

Popular restaurants in Whitby

Whitby is home to a variety of restaurants offering diverse cuisine, from traditional fish and chips to fine dining experiences. Keep in mind that restaurant rankings and popularity can change over time, so it’s a good idea to check the latest reviews and availability before planning your visit.

The Magpie Café

Known for its legendary fish and chips, The Magpie Café is a Whitby institution. Expect long queues, but the wait is worth it for the delicious seafood.

The Star Inn The Harbour

This upscale restaurant, led by renowned chef Andrew Pern, offers a seafood-focused menu and stunning harbour views. Reservations are recommended.

Trenchers Restaurant:

Another excellent spot for traditional fish and chips, Trenchers has been serving visitors for generations. It’s family-friendly and offers a variety of seafood dishes.

The Moon and Sixpence

A cozy, traditional English pub with a restaurant serving a mix of classic British and international dishes. Their Sunday roasts are particularly popular.

The White Horse & Griffin

A historic inn with a restaurant serving British and Yorkshire cuisine, along with a great selection of ales and wines.

The best activities to do in Whitby 

Whether you’re a family seeking adventure or an affluent couple looking for romance, Whitby has something for everyone.

Whale Watching

Start your journey by embarking on a thrilling whale-watching tour. It’s like a real-life episode of National Geographic! See if you can spot Captain Ahab’s distant relative or just wave at the local dolphins – they’re friendly, promise.


Instead of the usual beach day, why not try some wacky watersports? Paddle board with a rubber chicken or try synchronised kayaking – just because it’s weird doesn’t mean it’s not fun!

Dinosaur Hunt

Are your kids dinosaur enthusiasts? Take them to the Whitby Dinosaur Discovery Centre and embark on a dinosaur hunt. Who knows, you might stumble upon a T-Rex skeleton or a raptor in the gift shop!

Helicopter Tour

Why drive when you can soar? Arrange a private helicopter tour for an unforgettable aerial view of Whitby’s stunning coastline. It’s the VIP way to appreciate the beauty of this coastal paradise.

Ghost Walk 

Experience the supernatural in style with a guided ghost walk. It’s like having your own personal poltergeist butler to guide you through Whitby’s haunted history.