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Places to stay in Whitby

Whitby is a place that is well-known to families from across the country - and even elsewhere - and this largely owes to its popularity with alternative crowds. A lot of this more unconventional interest comes from its association with the horror novel Dracula, and the name of the book itself came from the town's old public library. It has led to countless festivals taking place in Whitby, including the Gothic Weekend and Bram Stoker Film Festival.

Of course, that's not all that Whitby has to offer. Its stunning architecture - dominated by the cliff-topping Whitby Abbey, the ruined Benedictine structure overlooking the North Sea - is small yet perfectly formed, serving as the gateway to greater discoveries on the Moors.

Hostels in Whitby
Hostels in Whitby

Family breaks are the name of the game in and around Whitby, with some of the organisation's most celebrated hostels based in the North York Moors. From the awesome coastal location of our hostel in Whitby itself, which provides wonderful views from its grand Victorian windows, to Boggle Hole - nestled on the beach in an old smuggler's cove - visitors both young and old can enjoy history, adventure and great days out simply exploring the area.


Five Free Things To Do In Whitby

Whitby Abbey
This ruined Benedictine abbey is hard to miss - it looks out over the North Sea on the East Cliff above the town, and is now a Grade I listed building in the care of English Heritage. An accompanying site museum can be found in Cholmley House.

Eastside Mystery Treasure Trail
Instead of simply wandering around, instead try a treasure trail! A number of fun treasure hunts aim to teach families plenty of amazing facts about the area, and will show off some of the town's most beautiful scenery.

Runswick Bay
Just down the coast is Runswick Bay, a sheltered sand and rock beach with the only confirmed safe swimming status in the area. It's also perfect for beach combing and fossil hunting, and has won the Quality Coast Award.

Whitby Museum
Sitting pretty in Pannet Park, this surprisingly large museum is staffed by enthusiastic local experts who complement great set pieces in the building, such as how jet was mined and milled and became Queen Victoria's jewel of choice. There are many huge fossil reptiles, including a truly eye-opening crocodile.

Robin Hood's Bay
Just five miles south of Whitby, this town consists of a maze of tiny streets and is tied to a history of smuggling - so much so that there is supposedly meant to be a network of subterranean passageways between the houses!

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