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Local Amenities
Accommodation in Whitby
Local Sights
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Whitby harbour and quayside

Whitby harbour

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The River Esk has gouged it's path to the North Sea, which itself has eroded the land to form impressive cliffs. Together, these natural features have created the estuary of the River Esk, in which the town of Whitby nestles.
The ancient port of Whitby lies at the mouth of the River Esk forming a bond between the North York Moors and the North Sea.

Local Amenities

A busy town bringing together a working port and many tourist attractions.

Whitby is a fascinating town, amenities available include:

  • public houses
  • public phone boxes
  • public car parks
  • public conveniences
  • post office
  • library
  • places of worship
    St Hilda Catholic Church
    St Ninians
    St Patrick Catholic Church
    Whitby Trinity United Reform Church
    New Life Church AOG
  • banks
  • museums
  • art galleries
  • shops
  • restaurants and cafes
  • harbour facilities (incl boat launching)
  • Whitby Station on the Middlesbrough to Whitby main line

Although the fishing industry has gone into decline over recent years Whitby still plays a major role as a North Eastern fishing harbour and provides a safe haven in rough weather for fishing and leisure craft alike.

The prefix of the Post Code for Whitby is YO21-1.

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Accommodation in Whitby

Whitby is a thriving holiday resort providing accommodation and items of interest for all tastes.

Watch this space for further accommodation listed in Whitby, details comming soon.

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Local Sights

Whitby has much to offer visitors.

The East Bank with it's maze of alleyways, narrow idyllic cobbled streets and ancient buildings is overlooked by the cliff top St Hilda's Abbey and the Anglo Saxon church of St Mary, both of which can be accessed by walking up the famous 199 steps.

The West Bank is dominated by the fishing quay which in 'times gone by' would be lined with fishing vessels three and sometimes four abreast. Another feature of interest includes the Whitby Lifeboat Museum.
At the seaward end of the quay is the Kyber Pass which provides road and foot access to West Cliff where you will find a memorial to the 18th century explorer Captain James Cook and a whalebone arch which stands as a reminder that Whitby was once the main whaling port for the North of England. Visitors will be rewarded for their climb with panoramic views over the town of Whitby and the coast towards Sandsend.

Boats moored in Whitby harbour

Pleasure craft moored
in Whitby harbour

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The East Bank and West Banks are connected by a swing bridge which opens to let vessels pass into the upper harbour

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Community Groups

The following space is provided to bring you details of local none profit making Community Service Group or Registered Charitable Organisation, serving this community.

One of the many cobbled streets in Whitby

Streets of Whitby

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There are many community groups serving the area and it our intention to bring you details of their activities, if you are an organiser or member of a group or organisation and would like to see your details here, please contact us on

Whitby & district Volunteer Bureau

Whitby and District Volunteer Bureau Logo

Interested in Volunteering?

If you are interested in volunteering, I can talk to you about the types of voluntary work you could get involved with, whether you can train and get qualifications while volunteering, what sort of tasks you can do and generally what sorts of things you might enjoy doing. We can usually then together come up with a voluntary opportunity you'd really enjoy, and I can contact the organisation and arrange for you to meet them. Depending on the sort of work you'd be doing, the organisation may want references or a Criminal Records Bureau check, but not all will and the Volunteer Centre will try to find you voluntary work you'll like whatever your situation or history.

Need Volunteers for your Organisation?

If you belong to an organisation that uses volunteers, I can help you to find new volunteers. By registering with the Volunteer Centre Whitby, you will not only make it possible for me to recommend your volunteering opportunity to people who come to see me, but your organisation, if you choose, can appear on a national volunteering website. By entering a post code, potential volunteers can see the work you have available, and if interested, they will contact me first, and I can refer them to you if appropriate. And it's all for free!

The Volunteer Centre will try to support you whatever your volunteering requirements may be, so please contact me by one of the methods below and we can have a chat.

Phillipa Valentine
Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator
Church House
North Yorkshire
YO21 3BA

Tel: 01947 605599
Mobile: 07986 963304

lions International Emblem Whitby District Lions Club

Main activities - Public service.

Organised Event
Annual Lyke wake Walk each June
Annual Boxing Day Dip

Membership Requirements
By Invitation

Monthly on the 4th Thursday 8.0pm

The Rifle Club
North Yorkshire

Mike Parkin (Secretary)

North Yorkshire
YO21 1TS

Tel & fax: 01947 895473

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Research is currently being carried out to bring you further details of Whitby's heritage

Whitby still retains much of it's 'old world charm' and is steeped in history,folklore and legend. It has been made world famous by the people who lived and worked here among which rank the explorer Captain James Cook, photographer, Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, father and son whaling masters of the Scoresby family and author Bram Stoker who was inspired by the town to write his world famous book, Dracula.

The Author Lewis Carrol wrote "Alice in Wonderland" after being inspired by the little alleyways and backstreets of Whitby, with the comparison being, the white rabbit running down the burrows.

Whalebone statue on Whitby West Cliff

Whalebone statue

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If you have any knowledge or have information about local History, Folklore, Geology & Archaeology which you think would be of interest to other please contact us.

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