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Destination guide

Something's fishy in historic seaside Whitby

An important fishing port since the Middle Ages, Whitby is a delightful mix of old and new. Located along the North Sea, at the mouth of the River Esk, Whitby is a lively seaside town known for its sandy beaches, charming residential neighborhoods, and the ruins of the Gothic Whitby Abbey. A popular summer destination, visitors descend on the town's ample shoreline as soon as the weather warms up, and the North York Moors National Park is also nearby. With a Whitby vacation rental, you'll be close to local landmarks like the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, the Whalebone Arch, and the RNLI Whitby Museum.

Things to do

Count Dracula is alive and well in Whitby

Thanks to its prominence in Bram Stoker's novel, "Dracula," Whitby is a popular destination for vampire aficionados. The Dracula Experience offers harrowing guided tours of the town's spookiest sites, complete with actors and special effects. At the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, you can learn about the famous explorer through artifacts and memorabilia within a historic 17th-century building. Or you can discover the town's colorful past at the Whitby Museum. Here, you'll find exhibits covering local history, including Whitby's years as a hub for both the mining and whaling industries.

Activities

There will always be something moor in Whitby

A short drive from the hustle and bustle of the town center, Whitby's got more than enough open space to please nature lovers of all types. The sandy West Cliff Beach offers plenty of room for sunbathing and swimming, as well as a number of brightly painted beach huts. At the North York Moors National Park, you'll find more than 350,000 acres of rolling countryside, including walking paths, along with trails for biking and horseback riding. The park is home to grazing cattle and sheep, as well as several species of birds.

Weather

Whitby's weather—take a walk on the mild side

Whitby has a mild climate year round, with cool summers, mild winters, and plenty of rainfall throughout the year. Summer highs average 66 degrees in July and August, while average highs during the winter months hover around 45 degrees between December and February. A popular summer destination, the warmer months from May through September tend to be the busiest ones in Whitby. You'll find that the colder, slower months in the fall, winter, and spring are your best bet for finding lower rates on Whitby vacation rentals.

Natural features

Wonderful Whitby's winning waterfront wilderness

Whitby lies along the coast of the North Sea, straddling both sides of the River Esk. The town itself is relatively urban, with cobbled streets and low stone buildings dating back hundreds of years. Around your Whitby vacation rental, you'll find plenty of broad, sandy beaches and rocky coastline along the North Sea, as well as steep waterfront cliffs that offer panoramic ocean views. The nearby North York Moors National Park boasts 554 square miles of rolling countryside, where you can find walking and biking trails, as well as local wildlife like sheep, cows, and songbirds.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Whitby

The nearest airport is in Durham (MME-Tees Valley), located 32.9 mi (53 km) from the city center.

If you prefer to travel by train, Whitby Station, Ruswarp Station and Sleights Station are the main stations in the city.

How many vacation rentals are available around Whitby, GB?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,915 vacation rentals around Whitby. From 1,302 cottage rentals to 189 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Whitby?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Whitby. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Glaisdale Station: 1,961 vacation rentals
  • Whitby Lighthouse: 1,836 vacation rentals
  • Falling Foss Waterfall: 1,989 vacation rentals
  • Castleton Moor Station: 1,719 vacation rentals
  • Whitby Harbour: 1,882 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Whitby listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Whitby?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 1,302 Cottages in Whitby. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Whitby include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 189 rentals available
  • Houses: 373 rentals available
  • Cabins: 1,302 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Whitby?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 11 vacation rentals with pool available in Whitby. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.