Hemmed in by steep cliffs and divided by the River Esk, Whitby is a hilly jumble of picturesque houses and cobbled streets, clustered on either side of its busy harbour and link by a swing bridge.
Around and about in Whitby
The famous 199 steps lead from the old town to the unique parish church of St Mary, whose rambling graveyard inspired Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', and to the evocative ruins of Whitby Abbey. There are glorious views of the town and coastline from the blustery clifftop.
Across the swing bridge, the harbour is bright with boats and traditional seaside attractions, the West Pier stretches out into the sea and the safe, clean beach of Whitby Sands arches around the bay.
Whitby is proud of its history, seafaring traditions and literary connections and there are several excellent museums and galleries to explore. The town is alive with a very active programme of events, festivals and carnivals throughout the year, including Whitby Folk Week, Whitby Folk Regatta and a week-long Captain Cook festival.
There are plenty of good places to eat, from traditional pubs and cafés to cosy bistros and bustling restaurants, including 'Britain's best fish and chips' at the famous Magpie Café. If you choose to eat in, the apartment's kitchen is well equipped and there are good food shops and supermarkets in and around the town.