Runswick Bay is one of the wonderful places to visit near Whitby

Places to visit near Whitby

There are so many amazing places to visit near Whitby. We’re so lucky to have such wonderful towns and villages right on our doorstep. So, if you’re looking for a day trip, or somewhere to spend an afternoon during your stay in Whitby, check out some of these fantastic places.


Staithes is one of our favourite places to visit, and it is only 20 minutes up the road. Head out of town for the day and explore this stunning fishing village with an exciting maritime and smuggling history.

Learn all about Captain Cook’s first ventures into the sea, gaze at incredible creations from the local artists, and set out on stunning walks. There’s so much to see and do in this wonderful village.


Walk along streets you’ll know from TV and the movies with a trip to Goathland. The village is known best as Heartbeat’s ‘Aidensfield’ and as Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film.

Really treat yourself and journey on the North York Moors Railway to the lovely Goathland. Or, if you arrive by car, make sure you take a walk to the impressive Mallyan Spout waterfall.

Robin Hood’s Bay coastline

Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay is one of our favourite places to visit near Whitby. It has a fascinating history dominated by the fishing industry and smuggling. It’s a gorgeous village to have a wander around with long sandy beaches where you’re also likely to find a fossil or two.


Helmsley is a fabulous town in the North Yorkshire Moors. It has wonderful, unique shops and places to eat. The walled garden is full of gorgeous flowers in the shadow of the ruined castle. The castle itself is great for a wander, and you won’t want to miss the chance to get up close with nature at the National Centre for Birds of Prey.


Scarborough is one of the most visited places in the UK every year, and it’s not hard to see why. It has a dramatic coastline and long stretches of sandy beaches.

Climb up to Scarborough Castle overlooking the town high up on the cliff. Or, treat yourself to a day of discovery and learn all about the ocean world with a trip to the SeaLife Sanctuary.

Pickering castle is a great place to visit near Whitby


Pickering is a wonderful market town with a rich history. You can visit Pickering Castle or the Beck Isle History Museum to learn all about the town’s fascinating past.

The town hosts regular 1940s events that are always lots of great fun, and you can also start your journey on the famous North York Moors Railway.

Runswick Bay

Just a few miles away from Whitby, you’ll find the stunning coastline of Runswick Bay. It’s perfect for rock pooling and fossil hunting, and is a favourite for walkers thanks to the dramatic cliff line and beautiful beach. As you walk by the cliff, make sure you keep an eye out for hobgoblins and their hob holes!


If you’ve got a taste for fantastic Yorkshire foods, Malton is the place to visit. Each month, they host a food market that’s bursting with delicious local food and drink, and there’s lots of other incredible food festivals and events throughout the year you won’t want to miss.


Danby is a moorland village that’s right on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. There’s a castle to explore as well as the fantastic moorland. Marvel at the Danby beacons that were designed to be light as a warning against invasion.

The Moors National Park Centre is also located in Danby where you can learn all about what makes this part of the world so special. They have exhibition space and regularly hold events and exciting activities for the whole family.

There are, of course, more places to visit near Whitby – it’d be impossible for us to list them all. If you think we’ve missed an absolute gem, do let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

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