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Things to do in Whitby

Captain George's Fish & Chips
When in Canada’s fish and chips capital, there’s nothing better than a hot, crispy plateful of fried halibut. Captain George’s is definitely one of the best in Whitby, serving up mouthwatering fries, crunchy coleslaw, and fresh fish. The fast and friendly service is hard to beat, and the bargain prices let you stuff your face for next to nothing.
Blue Sea Restaurant
Blue Sea serves up three meals a day in a comfy, casual setting in the heart of Whitby. Most famous for their fish and chips (don’t miss the fried haddock with poutine!), they also have heaps of other seafood specialties on the menu. If you’re craving shrimp, scallops, salmon or sole, this local favourite has got you covered.
Shrimp Cocktail Cafe
With top-notch service and even better cocktails, this fine dining restaurant is one of the best spots to treat yourself to a night out. Aptly named, Shrimp Cocktail has mastered fresh seafood dishes, with oysters, mussels, lobster and halibut gracing their extensive menu. Meat lovers won’t be disappointed either, as this place is well-known for their steak and lamb shanks.
Whitby Abbey
Whitby is known for welcoming pooches of all types and sizes, and its coastal setting is ideal for stretching the legs of your best furry friend. The ruins of Whitby’s Benedictine abbey cast a dramatic silhouette atop the East Cliff, above the North Sea. Dogs are allowed into most parts of the grounds and they’ll love catching the sea breeze as you stroll by.
North York Moors National Park
North Yorkshire’s moors are one of the jewels in the county’s crown. Woodland and tracks are perfect for energetic pups and those wanting a more leisurely wander. The park has a range of designated paths for dog-walking, so it’s best to check this out beforehand, as there are parts of moorland and coastal boundary that are best avoided if you have a four-legged friend in tow.
Exploring the Old Town
Whitby’s historic centre is well-stocked with maritime and religious history. Take your pup along with you as you wander the cobblestones past the pretty harbour. You can stroll further along Cleveland Heritage Coast to beautiful Robin Hood’s Bay, where the sands are wide and ideal for stretching two, or four legs.
Quayside
Quayside serves up award-winning fish and chips from premises where Bram Stoker once huddled to research his gothic novel, Dracula. Cooked-up by the Fusco family, its fish is wrapped in special-recipe batter and deep-fried in beef dripping – the traditional Yorkshire way. Cod, haddock, plaice and scampi all make the menu, with the first three also available gluten-free.
The Pier Inn
A traditional English pub, The Pier Inn dishes up all kinds of hearty grub from its historic harbourside location. If it’s fish and chips you’re after, you’ll be treated to a heaped plateful, and a view out over the North Sea while you’re at it. Sprinkle with salt and lashings of vinegar for the authentic experience.
Hadley's Fish Restaurant
Hadley’s Fish Restaurant can be found just a few steps from Whitby’s quaint cobbled shopping streets. A family business for more than 75 years, this chippy has a menu bursting with classic favourites. Go for a ‘Traditional Yorkshire Tea’ to dine on cod or haddock with chips and buttered bread – all washed down with a cup of tea, just the way the locals like it.
The Magpie Cafe
A Whitby institution, you’ll spot the queue for Magpie’s long before you reach the door itself. Nevertheless, the heavenly scent of deep-fried batter and tangy vinegar will see you taking your place in line before you know it. This award-winning chippy dishes up hearty portions in its 18th century restaurant, or bundled up in paper from its takeaway next door.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Museum celebrating Cook's nine years in Whitby and his later career. Ship models, maps, Pacific artefacts, orginal letters in Cook's hand, letters to and from the Admirals, orginal paintings and prints, tell the story of Cook and of those who sailed with him to the South Seas
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Traveller's reviews and photos

10
Exceptional
You can do everything in a day, best to park up out of the way and explore on foot. Lots of cute little shops to look around and walk up to the Abbey which is pretty. If you like fish and chips you will love it here.
Amy
United Kingdom
13 August 2017
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Very good
Whitby is one huge open air fish and chip shop. We were there in August and you couldn't move in the town for people. However the Abbey is amazing and fantastic and unmissable. Beautiful. Robin Hood Bay is lovely too.
Robin
United Kingdom
13 August 2017
10
Exceptional
Lovely stay would defenetly recommend it to others, lots of nice fish and chips shops and restaurants and lovely pubs. Lots of nice walks and shops to look around.
Katharine
United Kingdom
13 August 2017
10
Exceptional
Beautiful place. Beautiful beaches. Lovely little shops to buy books, jewellery, ornaments. The BEST fish and chips! Full of history.
Ria
United Kingdom
13 August 2017
8
Very good
Lovely town and harbour, plenty of places to eat and drink, nice walks especially up to the Abbey, the harbour and the little narrow cobbled streets.
Kevin
United Kingdom
13 August 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Whitby

Raithwaite Estate

9 Superb

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£120

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Penny Hedge by Marston's Inns

9.1 Superb

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£80

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The Resolution Hotel

8.3 Very good

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£59

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Saxonville Hotel

8.9 Fabulous

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£74

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The George Hotel

7.8 Good

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£50

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The Royal Hotel

7.4 Good

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£69

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Glencoe Holiday Flats

9.1 Superb

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£74

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Teesdale Rooms

9.4 Superb

Score from 163 reviews

£75

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Recommendations for Whitby

Booking.com asked travellers...

Why do people say Whitby is best seen on foot?

You can't easily take a car through Whitby's winding streets, and most tourist favourites are up on the cliff tops or in side streets anyway. It's also teeming with people, often walking on the roads! Park the car for the duration of your stay and walk everywhere - you'll be surprised how quick and easy it is to get around on foot. Plus the steep hills give you some good exercise!

We felt it was great to stay at a hotel that was just a 10 minute walk from the waterfront - convenient but not too busy or noisy!

relaxed, inspired by British Heritage, feel hungry all the time being next to seaside and with smell of nice fish and Chips!!

The old quayside and quaint shops with cobbled stone roads. Famous for its Fish & Chips.

We ate at The Marine Hotel and the sea food was amazing!

Lovely beaches with fossils and rock-pools.

There is something for everyone at Whitby

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Why would you recommend Whitby for food?

Best fish and chips in the world !

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