Spending a day in Whitby is like time travel to me, it takes me back in time not only to when I was a little girl striding up and down the harbour side to keep up with my Dad as he spent time admiring and examining every single fishing boat that we passed (and if you've been to Whitby before, you'll know there's a lot!), but also back to an easier life, a happier life where there were no worries, only happy thoughts and memories, a time when everything was innocent and simple. We all have them, places that hold a special place in our hearts, and for me, Whitby is definitely one of those places.
whitby harbour travel blog
whitby travel blog
I'm lucky to live just a short drive along the coast from the seaside town that I love so much, and regularly make the trip. Be it the coldest day of Winter, the hottest day of Summer, or anything in between, I always appreciate and enjoy Whitby. It's magical, it's inspiring and it's such a friendly place to be. I'm partial to a tray of fish and chips, while sitting on the pier or looking over the harbour, all the time ducking and diving to avoid the seagulls, but they really just add to the atmosphere, despite being a bit scary when they're flying full steam ahead with their eyes glued to your chips! I'm also a big fan of the Whitby ice creams, they seem bigger and better than the rest, and thankfully the seagulls aren't quite as tempted by ice creams as they are the fish & chips. On a nice day, you can't beat a stroll along the little cobbled streets, ice cream in hand, exploring all of the cute little gift shops and cafes... I feel like every time I visit, I find something or somewhere new.
whitby seagull travel blog
whitby harbour travel blog
whitby harbour travel blog
If you've never been to Whitby before, and find yourself looking for somewhere to spend a day, or a weekend, then I highly recommend it. It's a place to relax, it's a place to go for long walks, sightseeing and exploring the area and it's a place to enjoy good food. With countless fish & chip shops, little cafes and tearooms, harbour side seafood stalls and restaurants, there are food options for everyone. Some of my personal favourite places to eat include Trenchers or Quayside Fish Bar for the fish & chips, the kipper smokehouse for delicious fresh kippers, Rusty Shears for amazing sandwiches and drinks in their adorable courtyard and Botham's for all of the delicious cakes, afternoon tea and the most indulgent hot chocolates you have ever set eyes on. If you're willing to drive a few miles out of town, I highly recommend The Stables at Crossbutts for a delicious evening meal or Sunday roast.
whitby harbour travel blog
whitby harbour pier lighthouse travel blog
whitby 199 steps travel blog
If you have children, there are so many things to do to keep them entertained; paddle in the sea or build sandcastles on the beach, walk along the pier and if you're feeling brave enough you can go up into the lighthouse, put your walking shoes on and climb the 199 steps up to the abbey (trust me, the views are worth it!), go on a boat trip out to sea (there's even a pirate themed one!), devour countless ice cream and sweets from all of the stalls along the harbour, play on the slot machines in the arcades, explore the little and almost hidden streets and alleys, visit the glass shop where you can watch them making 'Lucky Ducks', visit the Whitby Jet or RNLI Museums, the John Bull shop and the Dracula Experience and at certain times of year, the replica of HMS Endeavour is in the harbour too, for boat trips or just to walk around and explore, it's there at the moment, and its definitely worth a look.
whitby travel blog
whitby RNLI Museum travel blog
whitby travel blog
If you're in the area for more than a day, there are lots of other places along the coast that you can get to via car or bus... Robin Hoods Bay, Staithes, Scarborough and Saltburn are my personal favourites.

Have you ever been to Whitby before?
I'd love to know your favourite shops, places to eat and things to do when you're there.
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