Whitby Beach

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

This beach is …

  • full of history
  • great for boat trips
  • great for walks

What to see and do

  • Go whale watching
  • Eat a lemon bun from Bothams
  • Buy some Jet
  • Visit the RNLI Museum

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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.

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Places to stay

  • Holiday cottage
  • self catering

Holiday accommodation near this beach

Have a great day out by the coast

Header Image by Tim Hill from Pixabay

Getting To Whitby Bay

Beach Location


There is a carpark close to the beach

Nearest Train


Taking a trip to the beach. Get there by train or car.

Map of Whitby Beach

Explore the UK coastline

beautiful beach on South West England coast

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.

Overlooking the coast UK

Get active on the beach

Find the best beaches for water sports. Learn to kitesurfsurf or sail at schools around the UK. Lessons are available to suit all abilities.

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