WhitbyNatural beauty runs throughout Yorkshire, and this is particularly true of the Yorkshire coast. This comprises a wide variety of visitor

experiences, from the rugged charm of fishing villages to traditional seaside resorts and more for visitors to discover.

 

From a Hidden Gem and a Dramatic Coastline to Dracula

The village of Staithes is a real hideaway, a sheltered cove of fishermen’s homes, holiday cottages, small B&Bs and a lovely, picturesque harbour. It pretty much defines the idea of rugged, and it’s ideal for walks and exploring the coastline. It’s also a key destination for geologists and fossil hunters, as well as being an artists’ colony – and it has its own autumn Arts and Heritage festival.

Further down the coast is the resort town of Whitby. It’s home to the brooding presence of Whitby Abbey, a site of literary inspiration, most famously that of Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula. The 13th century abbey’s ruins are a great family destination and the site offers stunning panoramic views across the town and harbour.

Whitby has a whole lot of other visitor attractions, including the Captain Cook Memorial Museum and the old steam North Yorkshire Moors Railway. You can experience great sea-views from the West Pier and its lighthouse, and the town itself has plenty of great places for food, drink and shopping.

 

A Smuggler’s Hideout and the Original Seaside Resort

With its steep descent from the clifftop to the beach, Robin Hood’s Bay is a naturally dramatic coastal setting. Historically it was a centre for smugglers. It offers a great beach for families, but it’s also a popular stop-off point for walkers, as it is on the eastern end of Alfred Wainwright’s 190 mile coast to coast walk. This original home to a fishing community is small but bursting with character, replete with interesting cafes and shops, and host to regular events and festivals.

Scarborough is possibly the UK’s first seaside resort, dating back to the 1600s, when the health-giving properties of its spa waters became widely known. It’s a popular holiday destination, which combines both traditional and contemporary seaside character. It has two distinctive bays for beach-related activities and relaxation: the bustling South Bay and the quieter North Bay.

It’s a great centre for water sports, including water-skiing and surfing, and also boat rides. It’s also close to the countryside and great walking country.

The town has lots of attractions including its Sea Life Centre, a miniature railway and Scarborough Castle. It’s also home to the pioneering Stephen Joseph Theatre, with its long-standing artistic director, the famous playwright Alan Ayckbourne.

Whatever the drama you crave, the Yorkshire Coast has it, from natural beauty and settings to seaside entertainment.