Plenty to do

Places to visit and things to do in Whitby.


  1. Spend time on Whitby beach: perfect for ball games, paddling, fossil hunting, sandcastles, dog walks and picnics.
  2. Visit Whitby Abbey. This iconic ruin is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Whitby; the abbey’s dramatic clifftop setting is breath taking, and the ruins themselves are steeped in history.
  3. Watch the old swing bridge open for boats to sail in and out of the harbour.
  4. Enjoy vintage, folk and musical festivals and events all year round. The Whitby Regatta, Whitby Folk Festival, and Whitby Goth and Steampunk weekends are hugely popular.
  5. Catch a steam train from Whitby to Grosmont, Goathland (used in the first Harry Potter film), through Newtondale Halt, Levisham and ending in Pickering.
  6. Visit the beauty spots that have attracted artists to Whitby for decades. Make time for the fine art galleries and collections from the ‘Staithes Group’ in the Pannett Art Gallery.
  7. Locate evocative street names, such as Flowergate and Arguments Yard, to unearth a sense of Whitby’s great maritime past.
  8. Follow the Whitby Heritage Trail featuring nine sculptures of Whitby’s famous people dotted around the town by local sculptor Emma Stothard.
  9. Take the 199 Steps to St Mary’s Church on Whitby’s east side, mentioned in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
  10. Walk or cycle to Pannett Park, a lovely green space on Whitby’s west side.
  11. Walk the Cleveland Way from Whitby to Sandsend
  12. Cycle the Cinder Track, the disused rail track – great for families.