Britain’s second best seaside place to live 2014 - Daily Telegraph
'... cobbled streets, sandy beaches and properties cloaked in history'
Britain's Best Market Town 2014
"Radiating old-world charm, this seaside town ranks in the top three of our July 2010 survey of the UK’s all-time favourites".
Holiday Which Magazine
WHITBY IS THE COUNTRY'S BEST DAY OUT according to readers of the "Daily Mail", voting in 2008.
NO.1 OF THE "50 BEST BRITISH HOLIDAYS" in The Observer newspaper
In it's prestigious 2007 Guide to the "50 Best British Holidays" voted Whitby as Number 1, saying:"Charming, eccentric and lots of fun - in short everything a British holiday should be...this handsome fishing town offers a beguiling mix of gravitas and low rent seaside fun. Everybody should stay at Whitby at least once."
THE LONELY PLANET GUIDE 2007
When it comes to a bit of classy charm, "Whitby blows all Northern England's coastal resorts out of the water" David Else the author says that it is Whitby's particular charm that has captured the hearts of the no holds barred team of travel writers. "Whitby manages to retain much of it's 18th century character." "The fish and chips in Whitby are the best you will find in the whole country"
TOP SEASIDE RESORT 2006
Whitby is the top seaside resort says the July 2006 issue of New Woman. They declare that Whitby is stylish and a place where Britain's "A-Listers" choose to holiday at home, offering as it does "Perfectly preserved Victorian streets" and "Sandy, blue-flag beaches and gnarly cliffs."
HOLIDAY WHICH 2006 - WHITBY VOTED BEST SEASIDE RESORT IN UK
The picture-postcard harbour, cobbled ginnels and donkey rides on the beach all combined to make Whitby the place to be for Holiday Which? magazine. It has "everything you could possibly want from a seaside resort". The town was voted top ahead of resorts like Tenby, Frinton-on-Sea and St Ives.
Lorna Cowen, editor of Holiday Which? said British resorts had improved but not everywhere. She said: "For every resort riding a wave of renewal, with funky bars, trendy restaurants and boutique hotels, there's another stuck in the doldrums of ageing infrastructure, tacky amusements and uninspiring B&Bs."
Because of the accolade Whitby was everywhere in the national press this week with the Telegraph, Times and Daily Mail all running stories while GMTV presented the weather forecast from the town on Wednesday. But the news Whitby is the country's best resort came as no surprise to many. Dick Brew, chairman of Whitby Hospitality Association, said: "What a fantastic accolade for the town, especially from such a prestigious body as the Holiday Which? guide. "It is hoped that this well-deserved award will now spur both the borough and county councils to allocate realistic funding to the town, in order that the perennial problems of under-resourced maintenance of public facilities and traffic management, can be properly resolved." Even Scarborough Council's tourism boss acknowledged Whitby is the best. Coun David Jeffels, the portfolio holder for tourism and leisure, said: "I'm absolutely delighted, it's a well-deserved award and accolade and I'm sure the investment we've put into Whitby in recent years, which Scarborough Council is pleased to have been one of the instigators of, has paid off. Whitby is the best seaside resort." Visitors to the town on Wednesday also agreed that Whitby is the best. Justin Simpson and Gale Midgley, from Kirk Smeaton near Pontefract, were enjoying fish and chips. They said: "It's just a lovely place, it's our favourite place to come." ( From The WHITBY Gazette 12 May 2006).