Are you planning a day trip to Whitby?

I know most of Spring Cottage’s guests visit Whitby.  If you intend to visit too, I hope this article will help you.

I want you to experience and see as much of Whitby as possible but with a plan.  This means you’re not tearing around the town like a mad thing.

Whitby is divided in two by the River Esk. Your visit starts on the north side of the town.

1. Take a boat trip from the harbour

Captain James Cook lived in Whitby so there’s a strong connection in the town to him.  Where he used to live is now Captain Cook’s museum. You can take a trip on a sailing boat, just like the Endeavour, from Whitby harbour.  Test how strong your sea legs are!  You’ll get amazing views of the town and the coastline. Worth it for that alone.

2. Lunch at Magpies

Serving traditional fish and chips plus smart seafood dishes.  You can’t miss the double fronted, white painted building on the harbour front. Pier Road (you’ll likely see the queues first). Ever popular takeaways are also available.

3. Count the 99 steps

Burn off the lunch and cross the swing bridge to the other side of the harbour.  Turn left along the cobbled streets, heading for the abbey. You’ll already have spotted this from your boat trip and the harbour. It stands majestically on the hill top and was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  I challenge you to count the 99 steps – all of them! I haven’t done this yet as I keep getting distracted and lose count.

4. Play on the beach

Come back down the steps, stay on this side (the south side) of the harbour and visit the beach here. If you want a bigger beach fix then you need to head to the larger beaches. Cross the harbour bridge, turn right and head to the pier. I like this smaller beach in the town.

day trip to Whitby

5. Go crabbing

Cross back across the harbour swing bridge bridge back to Magpies side of the town but turn left to the jetty. You’re likely to see other crab hunters there too. You can buy the kit from one of the local gift shops. I’d recommend you take your bait with you though.

The Whitby crabs rather like small pieces of bacon.


I bet you can’t wait to head to Whitby now!

If you’re staying in Spring Cottage near Pickering, the drive across the North York Moors is spectacular in itself and could well be day trip to Whitby activity number 6!

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Do you want more ideas and inspiration on where to visit and what to do while on holiday in Yorkshire? Then click here and download a copy of my guide to North Yorkshire’s hidden gems, to help you get the most out of your time here:

Guide To Yorkshire