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Places to stay in Whitby
Famous as being the home of Bram Stoker's Dracula, the famous St Hilda's Abbey ruins and the classic seaside favourite of fish and chips, the picturesque seaside town of Whitby welcomes millions of visitors a year. Despite the hilly terrain, it is a town best explored on foot, with the promenade and pier as particular highlights on a clear day, giving unrivalled views of the North Sea and the whole North East coastline to Teesside in the north and Scarborough in the south.
Full to the brim with history, Whitby has something for everyone from ramblers to seafood lovers and everyone in between.
To make the most of a stay in the historic seaside town of Whitby, a coastal location with a view is vital, and thankfully YHA Whitby ticks all the boxes. Situated up the famous 199 steps towards the abbey, this historic building is the perfect base for a Whitby stay.
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Five Free Things To Do In Whitby
St Hilda's Abbey
The most famous of Whitby's landmarks, the ruins of St Hilda's Abbey sit at the top of a mammoth 199-step staircase. If you can't face the climb, the abbey can be spotted from most streets in the town itself.
North York Moors National Park
Located just a few miles south east of Whitby itself, the North York Moors National Park is a must visit. The moors vibrant landscape is rich in heritage and wildlife, and is not to be missed.
Recreate the classic British seaside holiday with a trip to Whitby's beautiful beaches. Complete with traditional primary-coloured beach huts, Whitby beach is the perfect family day out - don't forget the bucket and spade!
Fishing on the pier
Whether you are a keen angler or taking your son out with his first rod, fishing from Whitby pier is a must. Dependent on the season, mackerel, whiting and billet can all be caught, and no licence is needed to unreel!
The whale bone arch
One of Whitby's most visited attractions, the whale jaw bone arch on West Cliff was presented to the town by Norway in 1963, and is located close to the monument to famous explorer Captain James Cook.