Whitby, on the North Yorkshire coast is famously overlooked by a gothic Abbey and its pretty harbour and clusters of unique shops, cozy pubs, cafes and restaurants attract people from all over the world, whilst keeping an un-spoilt air.

West Cliff

With extensive views from Sandsend to the piers at the entrance to Whitby harbour, the West Cliff has a number of tourist attractions; the Pavilion Theatre, a leisure centre with an indoor pool, mini golf, skateboard park, out door paddling pool, and cafes and beach shops.
From the West Cliff there are steps down to the large sandy West beach, or you can use the Cliff Lift which gives easy access directly to the beach. Just south the of the Royal Crescent is the famous Whale Bone Arch, which was originally erected in 1853 and at that time Whitby was an important Whaling town. From here there are panoramic views over the piers and the harbour, there are also steps down to the piers and harbour front. To the left of the Whale Bone Arch is the bronze statue of Captain James Cook.
The larger West Cliff Beach, which is closest to the apartment, has approximately 2 miles of sand and stretches from the West Pier, past the colourful beachhuts.  Donkey rides are available in summer at the slipway, near the pier along with amusements and gift shops.
There are two Whitby beaches, one each side of the River Esk.
Tate Hill Beach is on the east side. A small, sheltered, soft sandy beach that both visitors and residents can enjoy throughout the year. This beach is featured in ‘Dracula’, as the location where the ship the Demeter runs aground and the Count leaps off the ship in the form of a huge black dog.
The Harbour
The port of Whitby has been a safe haven for passing ships since the 1600s. Visitors wishing to have a short trip to sea can choose from a wide variety of boats, from the replica Endeavour, the old lifeboat, The Mary Ann Hepworth, the larger Esk Belle II, to the small speedboat Velocity. By the side of the Swing Bridge is ‘Kiddie's Corner’, a popular place for children to fish using handlines for either fish or crabs.
The East Side
The East Side of Whitby is the oldest of the two sides. Whitby Abbey, built from 657 AD was the founding point for the town. Leading down the 199 steps from the Abbey to Church Street there are cobbled streets and many cottages with houses dating from the 1600’s. This is a great place to find a variety of interesting shops and cafes.
The West Side
There are three main shopping streets, Skinner Street, Flowergate and Baxtergate. These streets have many interesting and useful shops including antique shops, banks and building societies also bakeries and cafes. These bustling streets include the bookstore and stationers, clothing and jewellery shops.
The Tourist Information Office is opposite the Railway and just beyond a there is a large Co-op supermarket with some free parking and a large pay and display car park for longer stays. Nearby is the bus station which is located in front of the railway station.