Boasting sandy shoreline along West Cliff Beach, breathtaking coastal scenery and a wide array of historic attractions, Whitby has plenty to keep you entertained. Whether you're planning a quick trip or a longer retreat, your Whitby holiday rental will put you within easy reach of Whitby's best sights.

Family-friendly breaks in wonderful Whitby

From beaches and parkland to museums, whale-watching and more, you'll find loads for visitors of all ages in Whitby. Plan a lively getaway for the whole crew with family-friendly holiday lettings.

Hit the beach with a seaside Whitby cottage

Travelling with the little ones? Then you'll want to make sure to visit West Cliff Beach. The sandy expanse along the North Sea lies on the western side of the River Esk, and boasts an array of colourful beach huts that make the perfect background for your next family portrait.

Plan a day at the park

While Whitby's a short trip from heritage coastline and a national park, you can find plenty of green space right in town, too. Just steps from Whitby's holiday cottages and villa rentals, Pannett Park is a popular destination for visiting families, thanks to its themed gardens, play equipment and local history museum.

Whale-watching excursions in Whitby

If your timing's right, you may just be in town during whale migration season. Each year, visitors of all ages flock to the area for glimpses of humpback, minke and fin whales, as well as dolphins and other marine life.

Whitby is for lovers – romantic seaside breaks

If you're looking for a scenic spot to cosy up with your special someone, Whitby's the place for you. From spectacular views and scenic moorland trails to lively nightlife, you'll find everything you need for the perfect romantic retreat.

Whitby cottages near North York Moors National Park

With more than 350,000 acres of rolling countryside, holiday homes around North York Moors National Park are an ideal choice for nature lovers. Here, you'll find miles of walking and biking paths, and plenty of space for a cosy picnic for 2.

Savour the flavour of Whitby's culinary scene

If it's scrumptious snacks you're after, look no further than the town itself. Here, you'll find everything from classic pubs and fish and chips shops to upscale Italian eateries and date-worthy dinner spots with sea or river views. After, you can grab a nightcap or some live music at one of the many bars, taverns and inns that fan out from either bank of the River Esk.

Spectacular views in Whitby

If you're on the hunt for the perfect spot to snap a few photos, grab the selfie stick and climb Whitby's 199 steps. At the top of the stone staircase, you'll find great views of the area's coastline and the town of Whitby below.

Check out historic sights near your Whitby rental

Whitby is home to a wealth of long-standing architectural sites, as well as a rich history as a whaling and fishing village. Make your way from the iconic Whalebone Arch to the 12th-century Church of St Mary and the iconic Whitby Abbey ruins for a tour of this town's most venerable sights.

Holiday homes and cottages near Whitby Abbey

Perched atop Whitby's East Cliff, the ruined Whitby Abbey is a short drive from holiday rentals in the town centre. The site boasts a double-whammy of a literary pedigree – originally home to Caedmon, the first known English poet, in the 7th century, the abbey also served as the inspiration for the iconic castle in Bram Stoker's "Dracula".

Explore Whitby's many maritime museums

Steps from your holiday rental, you can take a deep dive into Whitby's maritime past at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, where you can find biographical exhibits on the great explorer and his travels in the South Pacific. At the RNLI Whitby Museum, you can peruse lifeboat exhibits – including historic relics and scale models – in a longstanding brick boathouse.

Visit a historic 19th-century castle

On the west side of town, you can explore the 19th-century Sneaton Castle, once owned by sugar magnate James Wilson. Nowadays a hotel and event centre, the castle sits on the sprawling grounds of St Hilda's Priory, the mother house of the Anglican Order of the Holy Paraclete.