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Providing many wonderful attractions including the famous Abbey and Whalebone Arch, the East and West Piers, St. Mary's Church and the 199 Steps as well as a myriad of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.  With its extensive sandy beach, Whitby is one of the top seaside destinations in the country.

Whatever the weather, you'll always find something to do in Whitby. With several boats offering short cruises down the coast or fishing trips of various lengths the harbour is always a hive of activity. Sample some fish & chips from one of the many restaurants or takeaways and have a look around the cobbled streets of the old town and the market square.

During your visit to Sneaton Castle Centre you will be able to discover a wealth of heritage and unspoilt beauty. Situated deep in Captain Cook Country, a visit to the nearby ancient harbour of Whitby is usually first on the agenda – here in his youth, Cook learned many of his skills of the sea. Perched high on the cliffs overlooking the historic port is the ancient Abbey of Whitby, built during the 13th and 14th Centuries and which stands on the site of the monastery founded in 657, home of St.Hilda and Caedmon.

Inland from Whitby you can set out to discover and enjoy 'Heartbeat Country' - the heather-clad moorlands and rolling hills that are part of the wide expanse of the North York Moors National Park.

Staff at the Centre will be only too pleased to provide you with the information you may need to explore this truly outstanding area of Britain. The countryside and the coast and their picturesque old villages have changed little since Cook's boyhood. Also, don't forget the shop at the Centre has a comprehensive range of maps and guides.

Top Suggestions for Whitby:

  • Go to the beach!  It stretches for 4 miles up the coast to Sandsend and is great for families wanting a space to play and relax during the summer, or a relaxing walk during the cooler months.
  • Visit the town's recently renovated Pannett Park.  Set in the centre of the town, Pannett Park is home to Whitby's town Art Gallery and Museum as well as a large children's play area, gardens and extensive planting.  It's a great picnic spot.  For more information visit
  • Take a trip on the Steam Railway.  Running from Whitby to Pickering via Grosmont, the North Yorkshire Steam Railway is one of Whitby's top attractions, carrying thousands of visitors each year.  For more information visit
  • Visit the Whalebone arches and the Piers.
  • Make use of the town's many cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants - there's something to suit all tastes and pockets.  Whitby offers plenty of good places to eat, including india, chinese and thai restaurants, great pub food, fish and chips shops and excellent restaurants.
  • Go on a boat trip.  Have a walk down the quayside and enjoy a trip up the river or out to sea on one of Whitby's many pleasure boats.  Choose from the replica Endevour, Whitby's old Lifeboat, or various other vessels.  Trips range from 30mins to an hour or more.
  • Enjoy Whitby's many independant shops.
  • Walk up the 199 steps to Whitby's famous Abbey.  It's run by English Heritage, for more information click here.