Welcome to Whitby
Explore the seaside town of Whitby.
From the ruined abbey on top of the hill to the harbour and the 199 steps down to quaint shops and cafes, Whitby is a picturesque seaside town in Yorkshire.
Things to do in Whitby
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.
Visit the beach
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.
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside 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.
Take a leisurely cycle along the National Cycle Route 1 or the North Sea trail which starts 10 minutes away from the hostel.
A unique tour through the Dracula story and the connection to Whitby. Using animation, special effects and live actors. Visit the website
The disused railway line (National cycle route 1 - North Sea trail) offers easy, family friendly and car free cycling, all within 10 minutes of the hostel.
Step back in time with magnificent steam engines and beautiful rural stations. The railway is lovingly preserved and charmingly authentic.
Robin Hood's Bay is a picturesque old fishing village with delightful streets and old fisher-folk running cafes. The village is rife with tall tales of old smugglers.
Try rock pooling, fossil hunting and playing on the beach making sandcastles, all a stone's throw from the hostel.
Cast from the window of your room (almost!) and spend the whole day staring wistfully out to sea.
The Cleveland Way passes the hostel doorstep and YHA Boggle Hole is the traditional finish on Wainright's Coast to Coast walk.
Step out of your room and into the sea and more importantly, you can then step out of the sea into a lovely hot shower!
Whitby is a lovely, seaside town dominated by the abbey ruins high on the hill. 199 steps lead to the churchyard that inspired Bram Stoker to write 'Dracula'.
See the splendour of our next door attraction - free when you're staying at YHA Whitby! Discover its history, hear voices from the past on the audio guide and catch unique events. Free entry
Noted as a great place to swim in the Wild Swimming book. The sea at Boggle Hole is exhilarating, and perishing, all at once.