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Popular amenities for Whitby vacation rentals

Stay near Whitby's top sights

199 Steps13 locals recommend
Magpie Café53 locals recommend
Whalebone Arch15 locals recommend
Quayside8 locals recommend
Trenchers28 locals recommend
The Angel Hotel6 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Whitby

  • Total rentals

    1.2K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    33K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    870 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    570 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    10 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    460 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Whitby

All About Whitby

Whitby is a seaside town in North Yorkshire, England, with a stunning coastline, a picturesque port, and historic ruins set atop a high cliff above the town. Its sprawling beach has soft sands perfect for castle-building, and a row of amusement arcades are just nearby.

Whitby Abbey is considered one of Britain’s most spectacular ruins, and you can walk amid the Gothic stonework while enjoying views over the coast. The abbey was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” which has spawned a goth festival that attracts fans from far and wide.

The coastline here has been dubbed Yorkshire’s “Dinosaur Coast,” and near the cliff face you can often find interesting fossils or chunks of Whitby jet, a distinctive black gemstone made from fossilized wood. The cobbled streets in Whitby are dotted with jewelry stores that sell pieces made from the jet. You’ll also find gift and antique stores, traditional pubs and teahouses, and a host of fish and chip shops. Most of the fish in the fryers comes from local fishing boats, which is why Whitby is known for having some of the best fish and chips in the country.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Whitby

Spring and early fall are the most pleasant times to visit Whitby, when mild days make the prospect of spending time outdoors most appealing. It’s also when Whitby’s biggest events take place. In May, the Whitby Fish and Ships Festival celebrates the town’s love of fish and chips along with its long seafaring history. In late October, the goth music festival takes over the city with concerts and fashion parades.

June through August are the warmest months along the Yorkshire Coast, when you can expect sunny days for enjoying a walk along the water. The weather can be changeable in this part of the country, though, so it’s always a good idea to pack a jacket with your sun protection. In winter, you can expect cold temperatures, rain, and even a chance of snow, so make sure you arrive prepared.

Top things to do in Whitby

199 Steps to St. Mary's Church

Climb the famous 199 steps that lead up to St. Mary's Churchyard. Originally built in 1340 from wood, the steps were replaced in 1774 with local stone. As you ascend, look out over Whitby for amazing views of the town and the coastline. Tradition says that you must count the steps as you go. When you reach the churchyard, walk through the eerie 18th-century cemetery and keep a lookout for pirates’ tombstones.

Whitby Abbey

Once you’ve toured the churchyard, take the short walk over to the remains of the gothic abbey. You can wander freely through the crumbling structure and get a sense for what the building would have looked like in the 13th century. The views from here are breathtaking, and you’ll gain interesting glimpses through the abbey’s windows. The site plays host to many events throughout the year, including an illuminated abbey spectacle that happens around Halloween.

Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay walk

Enjoy breathtaking views all along this popular seven-mile walk. First, you’ll head up the 199 steps. Then the walk hugs the cliff tops, taking you past two lighthouses before reaching the pretty village of Robin Hood’s Bay. Most famous for being part of the smuggling trade, the village’s pubs, cafes, and gift shops are enjoyable to explore. If you don’t fancy walking back, there’s a bus to Whitby, which takes 20 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Whitby?

    Whitby generally experiences a temperate maritime climate. The summer months, between June and September, are typically mild with average temperatures around 19°C (66°F). Winters, between December and February, are colder, with temperatures averaging around 6°C (43°F), so don't forget to pack warm clothes.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Whitby?

    There is an array of activities in Whitby. You can explore the historic Whitby Abbey, or take a trip down to the Whitby Harbour. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, and enjoy a walk along the Whitby Beach.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Whitby?

    The months between June and September are often recommended as the time to visit Whitby, when the weather is most pleasant. During this time, you might catch local events such as the Whitby Folk Week in August, or the Whitby Regatta, considered the oldest sea regatta in England.

  • What are the best places to stay in Whitby?

    Popular residential areas in Whitby include West Cliff, known for its sea views and proximity to the beach. The city centre near the harbour is also a favourite, with convenient access to shops, museums, and restaurants. The quaint and quiet streets of the East Side, near the Whitby Abbey, is another viable option.

  • What are the best places to visit in Whitby?

    There are numerous fascinating places to visit in Whitby. The historic Whitby Abbey, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, and the Whitby Museum are frequently suggested spots. For nature lovers, the Whitby Beach and Pannett Park are worth a visit, providing tranquil settings for relaxation.

  • What are some hiking trails in Whitby?

    Whitby has a plethora of trails for hiking enthusiasts. You can explore the Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay walk, a coastal trail of 11.3 kilometres (7 miles) with stunning sea views. For a bit of history, the Whitby Abbey to Saltwick Bay trail covers 3.2 kilometres (2 miles) around the iconic abbey ruins.

  • What are some family activities to do in Whitby?

    Family activities in Whitby are diverse and plentiful. Kids may enjoy the Whitby Museum with its diverse collections, or the Whitby Beach for a day of sandcastles and paddling. Whitby's Mini Monsterz is an indoor play area that is perfect for rainy days.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Whitby?

    From Whitby, you have several day trip options. You might explore the beautiful North York Moors National Park, just 14.5 kilometres (9 miles) away. A little further is the charming market town of Pickering, 28 kilometres (17 miles) away with its historic castle and steam railway.

  • How much does it cost to stay in condo rentals in Whitby?

    Experience the best of Whitby with our condo rentals, starting at about $90 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Are there townhouse rentals with a dedicated workspace in Whitby?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 10 townhouse rentals in Whitby featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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