History and culture
Whitby is a seaside town, port and civil parish in the Borough of Scarborough and English county of North Yorkshire. Situated on the east coast of Yorkshire at the mouth of the River Esk, Whitby has a combined maritime, mineral and tourist heritage, and is home to the ruins of Whitby Abbey where Caedmon, the earliest English poet, lived. The fishing port emerged during the Middle Ages and developed important herring and whaling fleets, and was where Captain Cook learned seamanship. Tourism started in Whitby in Georgian times and developed with the coming of the railway in 1839. Tourist interest is enhanced by its location surrounded by the high ground of the North York Moors national park and heritage coastline and by association with the horror novel Dracula. Jet and alum were mined locally, and Whitby jet, which was mined by the Romans and Victorians, became fashionable during the 19th century.
Now with the tourism trade being so strong, there is a wealth of things to engross the youngest to the more mature minds. From the theatre, museums or one our many historical sites the history will take time to explore!
We have selected a few of our must see recommendations and provided links below to help you plan your time in Whitby.
Whitby offers hundreds of exiting and fun things to do for the kids which hopefully will tire them out through the day, giving you some time to relax later; perhaps with a bottle of wine in one of our luxury cottages.
There is literally so much to do we have listed a few to help you get started as we wish you the very best time here for all the family.
And don’t forget to take the little ones crabbing down at the harbour! You can get your crabbing essentials from nearby shops and a few hints and tips too. A great way to spend the day!
There are fantastic beaches, rocky coves and towering cliffs. Marvellous resorts or tiny fishing ports. Non-stop family fun or windswept, seafront solitude, the Yorkshire coast has something to offer everyone.
Views from the town itself are covered with the North York Moors National Park with plenty to explore. From here you are very close to many other coastal resorts such as Scarborough, Staithes and the picturesque Robins Hood bay which all have breathtaking views and things to see and do.
Take a look for yourself at some websites of areas nearby to your cottage by clicking below.
Our pleasant town has some excellent restaurants, cafes and takeaways to satisfy any mood or occasion. Whitby being famous for its fish and chips, kippers and fresh sea food we’re sure you will be delighted with all of what it has to offer.
Here are some of our recommendations for you with a personal comment from us of what we thought.
“A fantastic small restaurant located on the front. Excellent service and food. We would definitely go back here”
Having the North York Moor’s National Park on our doorstep you will find a myriad of walking trails suitable for light walkers and a few for more determined hiker.
In all our cottages there is information on local routes and maps provided. It may be worth taking note that a couple of our cottages have a ‘suitable for walkers’ icon, meaning these cottages provide ample room for walkers to get changed from their muddy wet clothes before entering the luxury cottage itself. These types of cottages also come with secure cycle parking.