Visit the abbey
Situated on the east cliff overlooking the North Sea, Whitby Abbey is a dramatic and historic gothic relic not to be missed. Built in 657AD, it is now in ruins but attracts huge crowds, in particular during November when the Whitby Goth Weekend takes place. Thousands of Goths and vampire fanatics take to the streets of Whitby for a weekend of partying to celebrate the life of Bram Stoker (of which Whitby Abbey was the inspiration for his world famous Dracula story).
Price: Adults £3.60, concessions £2.50, free for English Heritage members
Eat fish and chips from the Magpie Café
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The world famous Magpie Café has a reputation for being the best fish and chip shop in the world, and rightly so! They serve a huge range of locally sourced seafood dishes, with everything from cod, haddock and plaice to lobster, scampi and scallops. Their chips really are special; they fry them in traditional fashion using beef dripping, as opposed to the more common vegetable oil, which gives them an unbeatable crunchy outside and fluffy inside. The queue is almost always out of the door, but don’t let that put you off. If there are only two of you, you shouldn’t have to wait more than 15 minutes. If there’s more, it is still worth the wait, but if you’re too hungry go to their a takeaway and enjoy them in true seaside fashion sat on the pier (while it rains, of course).
Price: between £7-£10 for fish and chips, depending on what size you order
Go to the beach
Pack your bucket and spade, a sponge football and a sub-standard wind stopper and head to Whitby beach for a relaxing and typically British day at the beach. The beach itself is picturesque and benefits from having very few stones, making it perfect for young families looking for a safe and clean seaside. Even better, Donkey rides are available throughout the day for keeping little ones entertained.
Take a steam bus tour
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Why not take a trip back in time and enjoy a ride on the UK’s only operational steam bus? Lasting 20 minutes, the bus will take you around all the Whitby tourist spots without breaking a sweat. Two vintage buses operate throughout the day (Elizabeth and Charlotte), both of which are well over 80 years old but look as good as new.
Price: £3.50 adult, £2.50 concession
Walk along the pier
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Whitby pier is the perfect place to sit and enjoy some fish and chips while watching the waves below crash into the harbour. For keen photographers some fantastic pictures of Whitby pier can be taken during extreme weather (be it a heatwave or a severe gale) and watching the fishing boats going out to sea is a great way to wind down after losing a small fortune in the amusements. When you’re done, why not grab a crab from one of the fantastic seafood huts that sit alongside the harbour? Or if you’ve got a sweet tooth, don’t miss the John Bull rock shop for some authentic Whitby rock.