Visit Whitby Beach
Sandy Whitby Beach on the Yorkshire coast is a popular seaside destination, popular with families and tourists. Enjoy the traditional British seaside experience with donkey rides on the sand, and fish and chips. Climb the 199 steps, take in the views, or take a walk to the working harbour.
Many come to the area for the history and to visit the 13th century ruins of Whitby Abbey.
Dracula and Whitby
It was at Whitby Beach that Dracula landed in the shape of a wolf in Bram Stoker’s novel.
To the east of the beach is the harbour with the East and West Lighthouses. Take a walk down to the lighthouse and look back for great views of the Abbey.
There are lifeguards on patrol during the holiday season.
Boat Trips and Whale Watching
Take a tour of the Esk River on the Mary Ann Hepworth, a 1930’s lifeboat or one of the local whale-watching trips.
Whibty is also famous for Jet, a beautiful semi precious stone. Jet jewellery has been produced in Whitby for generations. Pop into the local Jet shops and have a closer look at this incredible jet black stone.
Dog friendly with restrictions during the summer
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What to see and do
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Whitby is one of the UK’s whale watching spots. The best time to see them is towards the end of August to early October. Boat trips can last from 4 to 8 hours and take you out to sea to spot minke, humpback, and occasionally fin and sei whales.
Places to stay
Holiday accommodation near this beach
Have a great day out by the coast
Getting To Whitby Bay
Taking a trip to the beach. Get there by train or car.
Map of Whitby Beach
Explore the UK coastline
What’s On along the Coast
Throughout the year there are a series of events and festivals taking place along the Coast. Find out What’s On from food festivals to cultural and sporting events.
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