Whitby is a prime destination on the Yorkshire Coast. The town sits either side of the harbour at the mouth of the River Esk. Overlooked by the impressive Benedictine ruins of Whitby abbey and with a maze of cobbled streets and alleyways it offers something for everyone.
The town has quirky teashops, restaurants (of course the very best fish and chips!). Whitby has more than its fair share of traditional pubs, many child- and dog-friendly. There’s a wide variety of boutiques, jewellers, gift and food shops and also three supermarkets.
For history lovers there is the Celtic connection of the original Abbey, preceded by the Roman signal station. Later we have Captain James Cook, the jet industry and whaling. Whitby has a strong literary and artistic heritage, the most famous connection being with Bram Stoker’s Dracula – the stimulus for the famous biannual Whitby Goth Weekend – but there are also connections with Hermann Melville and Lewis Carrol, and contemporary children’s author, GP Taylor. The historical photography of Frank Meadow Sutcliffe is world famous and Whitby continues to draw artists, authors, photographers and film crews.
For lovers of geology it is a rare, rich and fascinating area of Jurassic Coast. Other attractions include the steam trains of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, a lively arts and live music scene and many festivals and weekends including the Folk Week, Whitby Regatta, 60s Festival, Angling Festival, Beer Festival and Wartime Weekend. Fishing villages such as Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay are close by, with York, Saltburn and Scarborough within an easy travel. The nearest airport, Durham Tees Valley, is less than an hour’s drive.
Above all there is the sea, the harbour, the beaches and the cliffs. Whether it is bird, seal or whale watching, surfing, rowing sailing or just building sandcastles, Whitby has it all, and within a few minutes you can get out onto the breath-taking scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and its delightful moorland villages. The possibilities for walking, riding, mountain biking are endless. Scarborough and Filey are close by and the nearest airport Durham Tees Valley is only approximately 50 miles away.
There is a good range of housing in Whitby, and the surrounding countryside from modern new builds to character period properties. Partners in the practices live in a wide range of locations from Whitby itself, Scarborough and villages on the coast and on the moors. Some have commuted from York.
The area has many schools which are rated as outstanding or good by OFSTED.