Take a train to Whitby and discover a seaside resort with a difference. There are direct services to Whitby from several UK cities – get to Whitby from Middlesborough in 1h 33m, Newcastle to Whitby in 2h 50m, and from Sunderland to Whitby in 2h 30m. Use our Journey Planner to search for train times and compare ticket prices, and buy in advance to secure the best prices on tickets to Whitby.
Whitby's cobbled streets wind their way up to cliffs either side of the River Esk, offering spectacular views down to the working harbour where fish, lobsters and crabs are landed. The North Yorkshire town has been a draw for visitors since the 1800s, and today it is the combination of culture and history, beautiful beaches and superb seafood that makes Whitby one of the most popular destinations on the North East coast.
Whether you are looking for a delicately cooked lobster or an old-fashioned fish supper, Whitby has an all-star cast of restaurants and fish and chip shops, as well historic and atmospheric pubs - try the Duke of York, which stands at the foot of the 199 steps that lead up to the Abbey.
The town is also well-stocked with boutique stores and independent shops, especially in the medieval Old Town on the eastern bank of the River Esk. Captain James Cook served his apprenticeship in Whitby, and his statue stands on West Cliff, along with the whalebone arch that commemorates the history of whaling from the port. At The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, you can learn about the explorer's life here, and if you want to take to the water yourself, there are a number of operators who run boat trips from the harbour.
With literary connections that include Bram Stoker's Dracula, it's no wonder that Whitby has inspired a twice-yearly Goth Festival - you might even come up with a few spooky stories of your own as you tour the atmospheric Abbey ruins high above the town. A few companies offer Dracula and ghost walks through the narrow streets, either by day or night.