Destination guide

Explore a quaint seaside village from a Staithes cottage

The quaint seaside village of Staithes offers a charming destination for finding available cottages in North Yorkshire. You can see historic sites that honour Captain Cook, beachcomb for shells, rocks and fossils or stroll along the cosy harbour to discover unique eateries and shops. You could also relax on the beautiful beaches to take in views of the wild moorland or take the kids to the Museum of Victorian Science for an educational experience. However you choose to spend your time, you’ll have endless options for things to see and do in Staithes.


Finding history near your Staithes villa rental

Staithes is best known as a fishing port and village. Holiday homes are found throughout the area. Additionally, geologists come here to explore the geologic sites along the Boulby Cliffs and to learn about the Jurassic period. This includes breaking open shale to find fossils. Many travellers also come to Staithes to learn about James Cook, an explorer born here in 1745. Cook Cottage is now privately owned by a local family; however, there is a Cook Heritage Centre with exhibits to visit.


Sightseeing in and around Staithes

Do you want to discover things to do while you're in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Staithes a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Whitby Golf Club (7.2 mi / 11.6 km)
  • Saltburn Cliff Lift (7.4 mi / 12 km)
  • Whitby Pavilion (8.3 mi / 13.4 km)
  • Kirkleatham Owl Centre (11.9 mi / 19.2 km)
  • Wilton Golf Club (12.6 mi / 20.2 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Staithes

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 18°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Staithes

Travellers appreciate the beautiful ocean views and pristine beaches, which is just a taste of what Staithes has to offer. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Staithes is a great place to get outside. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Whitby Beach (8 mi / 12.8 km)
  • Pannett Park (8.5 mi / 13.6 km)
  • Guisborough Forest (12.5 mi / 20 km)
  • Yorkshire Moors (12.5 mi / 20.2 km)
  • Robin Hood's Bay Beach (13.7 mi / 22.1 km)
  • Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park (14.3 mi / 23.1 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Staithes

The nearest airport is in Durham (MME-Tees Valley), located 25.9 mi (41.7 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

Navigate Staithes near your cottage rental

Visitors to Staithes usually use air travel, railways, or buses to access the city. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, for example, can get you to the nearby North Moors National Park and its miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as to sweeping moor scenery. You can rent a bicycle and take day tours. In some places, you may be able to rent a bike for more than one day. If you prefer to take the bus, that network is highly reliable. It travels around Staithes and can get you to nearby locations for day tours.

Food & drink 

Eat like a local in Staithes

Staithes might be best known for its seafood. Yorkshire fish cakes, large pieces of fish sandwiched between potato pieces and fried, are popular here. Chips are often described as ‘superlative’, brown and crispy, with not a soggy chip in sight. These and other delicacies are commonly found in seafront pubs. They are commonly served with local ales, beers or wines, and there’s always something new or well-known on tap. You could also try Yorkshire pudding, a type of baked pudding with flour, eggs and milk combined with local ingredients. Whatever you''re craving, you'll find a range of restaurants serving locally caught seafood and traditional favourites in creative concoctions for a new culinary experience.

Essential info

Key facts for your holiday in Staithes at a holiday rental

Before you spend time at a holiday home in Staithes, be sure you are familiar with some essential information: Bring at least one pair of walking shoes. You’ll want to explore, especially on the beach, among the villages and along the Boulby Cliffs. Weather is mild, with the highest temperatures around 79°F in summer months. Be prepared for weather changes with lightweight clothing, sunscreen and a raincoat. Dogs are allowed during certain months on Staithes beaches. Look ahead to see when pets will be welcome. Mild haggling may be accepted in certain shops, although it is better to pay the advertised price. Carry medical information with you, especially if you do a lot of cliff exploring or geologic work. If you’re planning a pub visit or pub crawl, remember the legal drinking age is 21.

How many holiday rentals are available around Staithes?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,069 holiday lettings around Staithes. From 686 cottages to 239 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Staithes? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Staithes. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Whitby Beach: 1,866 holiday lettings
  • Falling Foss Waterfall: 1,989 holiday lettings
  • Whitby Harbour: 1,882 holiday lettings
  • Glaisdale Station: 1,956 holiday lettings
  • Whitby Abbey: 1,870 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Staithes listed on 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 Staithes?

Yes, of course. offers 686 Cottages in Staithes. Our other popular types of Staithes holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 239 self catering accommodations
  • Barns: 7 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 128 self catering accommodations

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Staithes?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 7 holiday homes with pool available in Staithes. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.