The beautiful seaside town of Whitby is situated on the east coast of Yorkshire in the Borough of Scarborough. With a beautiful historic Abbey located on the high ground of the North York Moors, the seaside town is surrounded by a gorgeous harbour and alluring fishing port that emerged during the Middle Ages. I visited Whitby on an incredibly sunny and warm March afternoon and I firmly believe that it is a fantastic town to visit for a day trip or getaway weekend trip during superb weather. Traveling to Whitby for the day was just the thing I needed to relax and enjoy the beautiful seaside landscape of England. From walking along the pier and extended fishing port to eating traditional British fish and chips from vast amount of “Voted England’s #1 Best Fish and Chips” venues, Whitby is just one of those tourist locations in England that everyone should see and experience.
How To Get There: There is a train station as well as coach services located in the heart of Whitby, so getting there isn’t that difficult through this sort of transportation. If you plan to drive, the best place to park your vehicle for the day would be the car park near the Whitby Abbey situated on the high grounds of the city. I paid £4 for 6 hours of parking, which was enough for me to see the Abbey, walk along the harbour and beach, shop throughout the shambles, grab some traditional fish and chips while sitting along the water enjoying the views, and experiencing a variety of other activities and sights. Beware of seagulls.
Top 12 Things To Do and See in Whitby
- Visit the Whitby Abby
- Experience the view from the the North York Moors (where the Whitby Abbey is situated)
- Check out the markets and little shops along the Shambles (a short walk down from the Abbey)
- Walk along the beach and write your name in the sand
- Venture across the bridge towards the boardwalk (away from abbey) and check out the many restaurants & shops
- Order some traditional fish and chips for lunch or dinner/tea! (A vegetarian option would be a Chip butty!)
- Sit along the seaside and enjoy the view with an ice cream cone on a warm sunny day
- Walk along the fishing port and see some dedicated fisherman hard at work
- Check out the Whitby Lifeboat museum & learn about the history of the many lives saved from this station!
- Visit the statue of Captain hook! (located on the high grounds opposite of the Abbey)
- For children, there are arcades and places to play games/win prizes
- Check out Dracula Experience – Inspired by Whitby, Bram Stoker wrote his terrifying story of Dracula here
Overall, Whitby is one of those towns in England that I highly believe should be visited by every tourist who is in England long enough to experience such a beautiful and historic seaside location. Not too mention, the best place to indulge in some traditional British fish and chips while enjoying the breath-taking views of the east coast of England.
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