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The 13 best things to do in Whitby

Welcome to Whitby, a perfect British seaside spot boasting a whole lot of fun things to do. In Whitby, an idyllic former fishing town nestled on the North Yorkshire coast, expect a dramatic coastline, soft stretches of caramel sand, exquisite seafood, a quaint harbour and more quirky charm than you can shake a stick at. From its spooky abbey and cliff-top graveyard to lamp-lit cobbled streets and whale bone monuments, it exudes more Gothic splendour than David Bowie in ‘The Hunger’. It’s no wonder Bram Stoker set his vampire-filled novel Dracula here, or that groups of black-clad music fans descend on the place twice a year for the Whitby Goth Weekend. Whether you visit in the summer for a sunny stroll along the beautiful Blue Flag beach, or in winter to shelter in a quirky pub with some steaming fish and chips, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into this town in England. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

A perfect day in Whitby

Whitby is not your average seaside spot. A former fishing town isolated by miles of moor, it’s got amusement arcades and donkey rides, but you’ll find clifftop graveyards and whalebone monuments too – and it’s all loomed over by the spectral splendour of Whitby Abbey, a 1,360-year-old ruin. The setting for Bram Stoker’s vampire-filled novel ‘Dracula’, it now hosts two Goth Weekends each year. Spooky! Goth, or not – there’s plenty to sink your teeth into here. RECOMMENDED: Explore nearby York, Harrogate and Haworth