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Things to Do in Whitby

Whitby is a fascinating place full of history, breathtaking views and culinary delights. It may be a small seaside town but it’s packed full of things to do that will keep you busy all week long or for that much needed weekend away. Many tourists visit our North Yorkshire town to embrace its heritage as well as its coastal views and cobbled streets. Book a romantic trip for two, a family break or mid-week vacation with the girls. There is a lot of stylish accommodation, just make sure you book early. 

Get to know our far from traditional town a lot better with our list of sights to see. 


Explore Whitby Abbey




You can’t miss the ruins of Whitby Abbey that dominates the cliff edge keeping a watchful eye on the town. It sure has a tale to tell with its rich history that spans centuries. Climb the 199 steps to explore what's left of the monastery and enjoy the amazing views of the coast. You’ll need a little breather before the walk back down.  


Do the Whitby Sculpture Trail




Relatively new to Whitby is Emma Stothard’s sculpture trail. It is the perfect way to explore the town whilst learning about its history and the people who had a huge part to play. Steel wired characters come to life as you explore different areas of Whitby. Walk the cobbled streets searching for the nine life-sized structures. We’re thrilled to have collaborated with Emma to create the stunning Silver Darlings collection. 


Head to the Beach 




…..and maybe hunt for some Whitby Jet if you’re lucky. It’s hard to find yet those with a keen eye after a stormy night may just find a fragment or two. Alternatively, a relaxing day at the beach in the summer is just as nice. As is a stroll along the coast if it’s not so sunny.  


Have a Chippy Tea




Your trip to Whitby wouldn’t be complete without tucking into an award winning fish and chips. It’s got to be done when visiting the seaside and trust us, you won’t be disappointed! Book a table indoors or eat outside admiring the views if the weather allows. 


Pop inside the Whitby Jet Store 




You can’t leave without a piece of Whitby Jet jewellery that has been sourced and made right here in the town. Of course, we’re biased, but here at The Whitby Jet Store we have a stunning collection of Whitby Jet jewellery with plenty of pieces to choose from for you or a friend.


Visit the Captain Cook Museum 




One for the explorers! Discover everything you need to know about the famous seafarer whose life is celebrated in the place where he once lived. Now a museum, you can find out all about his early life as well as his daring expeditions and his time spent in Whitby.  


Book a Ticket to One of the Seasonal Festivals 




Whitby is known for its niche festivals that brings lots of visitors to the town. If you’re a fan of the goth or steampunk culture you’ll love the weekends that bring wonderful, creative costumes to the town. Christmas is another time of the year when Whitby is filled with magical festivities making it a great time to visit. 


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