Whitby Destination Guide

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Explore Whitby (North Yorkshire) Beaches and Coast

Whitby is a seaside town and harbour in North Yorkshire and is surrounded by either the moorland of the North York Moors National Park or the North Sea. It has always been an attractive tourist destination due to its proximity to the North York Moors National Park, its Heritage Coastline and by its association with Bram Stoker's novel Dracula which was set in Whitby. One of the most famous landmarks is the abbey ruin at the top of the East Cliff overlooking the town and harbour. Whitby's maritime past is commemorated by statues of Captain James Cook (Cook learned his trade on colliers, shipping coal from the port) and William Scoresby (designer of the crow's nest), as well as a whalebone arch that sits at the top of the West Cliff.

Whitby North Yorkshire Coast Map

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Want some ideas on where to visit?

Every favourite location must be visited for the first time. Want some ideas, why not check out the below small selection of coastal locations, including beaches, activities, things to see and do, and places to stay and eat:

Whitby Lighthouse

Place Tags: Lighthouses

Runswick Sands Beach

Whitby Abbey

Place Tags: History - Heritage

Upgang Beach

Place Tags: Beaches and Dog Friendly

Whitby Sands Beach

Sandsend Beach

Whitby lifeboat station

Place Tags: Lifeboats

Robin Hoods Bay Beach

Saltwick Bay Beach

Place Tags: Beaches and Dog Friendly