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Whitby Beach

Whitby, North Yorkshire

A sandy and rocky beach backed by cliffs. Whitby was the home of Captain James Cook and has welcomed visitors to its sandy shore for hundreds of years. It is usually favoured by the younger generation.

Beach Type



First aid post
Lost child centre
Beach huts



Nature and Wildlife

Whitby town centre and the harbour are within walking distance of the beach.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned regularly through the summer season. There are litter and dog bins on the beach.


Dogs are not allowed on the south end of the beach.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Quality Coast Award
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre. Whitby. Tel: 01947 602674


Nearest town: Whitby
County: North Yorkshire
Latitude/Longitude: 54.4917, -0.621194
Postcode: YO21 3EN
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Whitby, North Yorkshire at Explore Britain.


Whitby is just off the A174.

Public Transport

Whitby has a train station and is served by local and national bus services

Nearest Railway Stations

Whitby (About a mile away)
Ruswarp (About a mile and a half away)
Sleights (Approx. 3 miles away)
Grosmont (Approx. 5 miles away)
Egton (Approx. 7 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There is both free and charged parking bear the beach.

Nearby Car Parks

Pavilion Drive (Top), Whitby (Medium/Long stay).
About 0.1 miles away
West Cliff, Whitby (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
St Hildas Terrace, Whitby (Short stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Cliff Street, Whitby (Short stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Whitby Station, Whitby (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Church Street, Whitby (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Marina (Front), Whitby (Short stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Marina (Back), Whitby (Long stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Abbey Headland, Whitby (Medium/Long stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Sandsend, Sandsend (Long stay).
About 2.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Whitby