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Best things to do in Whitby

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Historic Site
“Definitely worth the climb up the 199 steps! In our view, the Abbey shop has a great array of interesting and cool gifts which, surprisingly, are actually very well priced, not a rip-off as you might expect! ”
30 locals recommend
Bar
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“Whitby is good for all the goings on at the seaside. The goth weekend, various concerts, Tea dances, English Heritage, the beach and much much more.”
14 locals recommend
Fish & Chips Shop
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“Has some excellent fish dishes - best fish pie in town - and great views from the Abbey side of the river. ”
12 locals recommend
Tea Room
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“There are 2 Botham's tea shops in Whitby but this is the bigger one and it has an amazing throwback tea shop on the first floor above the bakery which is like travelling back to the 80s! Really quaint, serene and a quite lovely experience. ”
9 locals recommend
Bar
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“Amazing views from this lovely pub/restaurant. Great breakfasts - try the tacos for something a bit different. ”
12 locals recommend
Museum
“Historical and ethnographic exhibition on Cook's life and his voyages to the South Pacific. A beautiful spot crammed with amazing artefacts. A great place to spend a rainy day.”
7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great for breakfast and light lunches also has more than 100 different gins! ”
11 locals recommend
Cafe
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“World famous fish and chip restaurant that serves an incredible variety of fish, meat and vegetarian foods. Don't be surprised to see a famous face or two whilst you're in there! Overlooking the lower harbour there are super views. ”
10 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“A large restaurant with a good menu, good service and great for families. A take-away is located next door.”
6 locals recommend
Park
“A lovely park set on the hillside. Our kids always love to head here to play and explore. It is also where you will find The Whitby Museum with it's fascinating collection that includes dinosaur fossils and Captain Cook related exhibits. Well worth a visit.”
8 locals recommend
Bar
“Next to River Esk. Famous Signature Menu- e.g. Steak on the Stone. Order food as portions. Starter =1 portion, 4 or 5 portions for sharing.”
4 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Modern children's play park- imaginative play for all ages. Land donated by Alderman Pannett for open space for public recreation and enjoyment, walking, jogging or resting. Large area of landscaped gardens, grassed areas, variety of trees, shrubs, herbs and flower beds. Jurassic-themed areas. ”
5 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Check out what’s on at the whitby pavilion, amateur dramatic shows, films, tea dances, comedy nights, charity events and much more”
7 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Our favourite fish and chip shop in Whitby! They have an extensive menu and we highly recommend the fish platter, amazing value and you won't be complaining that you're hungry! They also have a restaurant near to the West Pier and the beach.”
3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Quirky cafe with home made pies if you'd like a change from fish and chips.”
5 locals recommend
Convenience Store
“Located on Langbourne Road, next to Whitby Railway Station, this is the closest supermarket to Dolphin Cottage for your groceries.”
5 locals recommend