pier walk on a weekend in Whitby

The perfect weekend in Whitby

If you’re planning a trip to our stunning coastal town but don’t have the luxury of time, don’t worry! We’ve put together a rough outline of a perfect weekend in Whitby that you can use to make the most of your time here.

A perfect weekend in Whitby

A perfect weekend in Whitby means lots of things to different people, but we’re going to outline some of the highlights visitors to the town always enjoy.

Once you’ve arrived in Whitby (see our handy travel tips here), you’ll want to blow away the cobwebs from your journey. Head for a walk along west pier and enjoy the fresh sea air on your face and the stunning views of the town and coastline.

With the travel and the sea air, we’re sure your mind will have already turned to lunch, and what could be better than fish and chips? We have so many delicious takeaways and restaurants for you to enjoy, it’s tricky knowing which to choose! Take a look at our recommendations and tuck in.

After lunch

Once you’re full, take a wander through the town, popping in and out of the shops along the harbour front and treating yourself to an item or two from out fantastic independent retailers. You can cross the River Esk using the swing bridge and begin exploring the old town. Make sure you stop off and get yourself a good luck Whitby duck, and perhaps a piece of Whitby jet jewellery.

St Mary's Churchyard and Church

Then, if you’re feeling up to it, it’s time to count the famous Whitby Abbey steps. Before you begin your climb stop off at Fortunes Smokehouse to grab some delicious smoked kippers for breakfast the next day. They’re so good they sell out early, so it’s best to pop in as soon as you can.

If you don’t fancy the climb up the 199 steps, you can hop on the Whitby open top town tour bus and enjoy a ride up to the top, learning some interesting Whitby facts as you go. However you reach the top, you’ll want to spend some time wandering through St Mary’s Churchyard and taking in the stunning views from the clifftop.

You can then head into the stunning Whitby Abbey and explore the impressive ruins that overlook the town. The site is managed by English Heritage so is free for members, and you’ll get to learn more about the fascinating history of the town, and the important decisions that were made here.

Teatime and into the evening

Once you’re done exploring the abbey and the church, it’ll be about time to start thinking about food again. Especially after the climb up the steps, you deserve another treat! There are plenty of delicious pubs and restaurants that you can enjoy a meal and a few drinks in.

Dinner done, you can enjoy one of Whitby’s fantastic ghost walks, or maybe enjoy a show at the Whitby Pavilion. There are lots of things to do in Whitby after dark that will round your day off perfectly.

There are also lots of friendly pubs that you can nip into for a night cap before you retire to your accommodation for the night.

Whitby harbour and swing bridge

Day two

If you’re in self-catered accommodation, it’s time to tuck into those delicious Whitby smoked kippers you bought the day before. Or, you can go and grab a brunch in one of the fantastic cafés and tearooms in Whitby to really treat yourself.

After a leisurely breakfast, go for a walk on the beach. Whitby’s beaches are fantastic for finding fossils, and the morning is the best time to spot them. What could be better than taking a piece of history home from your trip to the coast?

With the morning spent by the sea, you’ll likely want to head out onto it. There are lots of amazing boat trips you can enjoy that give you a completely different view of the town. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some dolphins or whales.

There’s probably just enough time left for you to squeeze in a light lunch followed by some time enjoying Pannett Park and the Whitby Museum, or a wander around the fantastic Captain Cook Memorial Museum.

We’re sure that no matter what you get up to, you’ll have the perfect weekend in Whitby! Let us know what your perfect trip includes by sending us a message on Facebook or Twitter.

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