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Seek charming Whitby holiday cottages

Set under the silhouette of a haunting abbey and between the rolling green hills of North Yorkshire, little Whitby is a handsome place. Its tangle of stone-built cottages rises above the bending River Esk as it flows to meet the North Sea, hiding hearty English alehouses and curious museums dedicated to the local seafaring hero, Captain Cook. The coast is fringed by a wide stretch of sand and high dunes, beckoning sandcastle builders and sunbathers in the hot summer months. Whitby holiday rentals can be found all over, offering you a base amid the fun-loving seaside and the enchanting fishing quays.

History

English heritage near Whitby holiday homes

A half-crumbled medieval abbey and lines of salt-washed stone fishing cottages from centuries gone by are what greet travelers to Whitby. They herald a town that's steeped in history. In fact, it's thought that a monastery has adorned the low hills here since back when Oswy of Northumbria sat on the throne – that's the 7th century. In later times, Whitby grew into an important sailing and fishing port. It gave the world Captain James Cook, who would later go on to explore New Zealand and settle Australia – the Captain Cook Memorial Museum is the best place to go to find out more about him. However, Whitby Abbey is still usually the chart-topping historical site. Climb the ridges above town and you'll find it shouldering over the North Sea swells, next to an immersive visitor's centre.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Whitby

Do you want to find things to do in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that Whitby has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Whitby Pavilion (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Whitby Golf Club (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary (15.2 mi / 24.4 km)
  • Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club (15.3 mi / 24.6 km)
  • Alpamare (15.4 mi / 24.8 km)
  • North Bay Railway (15.7 mi / 25.3 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Whitby

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Whitby is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Pannett Park (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Whitby Beach (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Robin Hood's Bay Beach (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
  • Yorkshire Moors (13.2 mi / 21.2 km)
  • North Riding Forest Park (13.7 mi / 22.1 km)
  • Dalby Forest Visitor Centre (14.7 mi / 23.7 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Whitby

The nearest airport is in Durham (MME-Tees Valley), located 32.9 mi (53 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Whitby Station, Ruswarp Station and Sleights Station are the main stations in the city.

How to get around

Transport for getting around Whitby

Whitby is a compact place. Its lovely 18th-century cottages are sealed into an old core that fringes the Esk and its surrounding hills. It's a real pleasure to navigate on foot, so bring a comfortable pair of shoes and be sure to get lost amid the pubs and the harbour, with the fishing skiffs bobbing in the water – just be ready to climb and descend a bit along the way. If you're looking for Whitby holiday cottages out along the coast or in the surrounding countryside, it's a good idea to come with your own car. It's wise to avoid parking in the heart of the town, though, because there's rarely a space to be found during the busy summer months.

Food & drink 

What to eat and drink when in Whitby

The taste of the sea is important along this wave-bashed stretch of English coastline. In fact, Whitby was once a major fishing port. It's still famed for its seafood – expect tubs of mussels, fish and chips, and smoked kippers to be on the menu. Those orange-hued smoky fish make an excellent breakfast! Then there's the hearty cuisine of Yorkshire. Local pubs pepper the streets around Whitby holiday rentals, which means you should never be too far from a filling plate of Sunday roast, piled with the county's iconic pudding.

Essential info

Essential facts about Whitby

  • Whitby has a population of just over 13,000
  • Whitby is in the county of North Yorkshire
  • Bring waterproofs for any trip to Whitby – the English summer can be unpredictable
  • Book Whitby holiday cottages early if you're planning on coming between June and August
  • Newcastle Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport are both within easy reach of Whitby
Family friendly

Family enjoyments in Whitby

Summer or winter, Whitby holiday rentals are perfect for families. Not only do they sit next to the lovely stretch of Whitby Beach, but they are also a great base for ghost walks and jaunts to museums about daring seafarers. The warmer months can be spent building castles on the coast. Be sure to leave time for haunting tales of Count Dracula, though, which means spine-tingling stories of the bloodsucker around Whitby Abbey and other hidden places in town. Whale-watching is also sure to keep the little ones entertained. You can usually spot the great mammals splashing around the North Sea in September.

Where to stay around Whitby?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,796 holiday lettings near Whitby. From 754 Cottages to 754 Cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Whitby for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Whitby?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Whitby. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Whitby Harbour: 1,264 holiday lettings
  • Whitby Beach: 1,746 holiday lettings
  • Whitby Lighthouse: 1,222 holiday lettings
  • Falling Foss Waterfall: 1,333 holiday lettings
  • Whitby Grosmont Station: 1,389 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Whitby listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Whitby?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 754 Cottages in Whitby. Our other popular types of Whitby holiday rentals include:

  • Cabins: 754 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 165 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 829 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Whitby?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 18 holiday homes with pool available in Whitby. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.