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Travel Tips for Whitby - Food, Travel, and Climate

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Located at the mouth of the River Esk on the coast of North Yorkshire, Whitby has a changeable climate, usually with warm summers and mild winters. Most visitors are UK residents on a seaside staycation, but it's also a popular destination for visitors from abroad. There is a friendly atmosphere throughout the town and the locals are always happy to welcome visitors to their little seaside port.

Best time to travel


The summer months see the highest number of visitors flocking to Whitby to make the most of sea, sand, and good weather. Some of the town’s busiest periods are during bank holiday weekends, regardless of the time of year. While the number of visitors tails off over autumn and winter, the town still attracts day-trippers seeking late sunshine and a quieter stay.

Not to miss


Whitby’s main attractions are its beaches, complete with donkey rides, rock pools, and Jurassic fossils. The abbey is another highlight and its role in the Dracula story has influenced Whitby Goth Weekends. Held twice a year in April and October, they’re the largest festivals outside the summer period. August’s Folk Week and Regatta festivals are 2 of Whitby’s busiest summer events.


Getting around


The Esk Valley train line runs daily trains to Middlesbrough, while the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s steam trains to Pickering run from the end of March to late October. Buses run on a daily basis between Whitby and Scarborough, Leeds, York, and many of the satellite villages. The nearest international airport, Durham Tees Valley (MME), is just over an hour’s drive.




Head for the harbor and quayside to find some of the best places for Whitby’s famous fish and chips. There’s an abundance of traditional pubs dotted around town and in neighbouring villages, offering real ale and classic pub grub. Small kiosks selling seafood snacks and traditional fudge line Pier Road towards the beach, and tinkling melodies from ice cream vans can be heard around town through the summer months.


Customs and etiquette


Tipping is only required in restaurants or cafés with table service. The waiter will wait until asked to bring the bill, and the final amount, including a 10 percent tip, can be left on the table. You won’t be expected to tip in bars or takeouts, however there may be a small jar on the counter for any loose change.


Fast facts


  • Population: 13000

  • Spoken languages: English

  • Electrical: 220-240 volts, 50 Hz, plug type G

  • Phone calling code: +44 1947

  • Emergency number: 999