White Rose Holiday Cottages - self catering accommodation in Sleights, Whitby and Glaisdale in North Yorkshire

Around Whitby - a selection of local attractions and places of interest

North Yorkshire Moors

In 2012, the North Yorkshire Moors National Park celebrates its 60th Anniversary. This beautiful landscape is full of interesting places to visit as well as a huge number of footpaths and bridleways making it the perfect place for walker and cyclists of all capabilities. With its beautiful heather moorland, woodlands, forests, hills and valleys, the North Yorkshire Moors is one of the UK's most beautiful landscapes.

Click Here for the North Yorkshire Moors Website.

Dales and Forests

Within easy reach of Whitby are several woodland and forest areas. Dalby Forest is an excellent place for a gentle, woodland walk and with an excellent Visitor's Centre, cafe and play area, it makes an great day out. Dalby Forest is also home to some of the UK's best mountain bike trails and if you don't have your own bike, you can hire one from the bike shop located within the Forest.

Click Here to visit the Dalby Forest Website.

May Beck and Falling Foss (in Sneaton Forest) are just a 10 minute drive from Sleights or Whitby and also provide miles of woodland footpaths, beautiful scenery and a dramatic water fall. With a Tea Garden at the waterfall and an ice cream van in the car park (during the summer) this is a great place to take children, relax, paddle in the stream and enjoy some peace and quiet.

Click Here to visit the Sneaton Forest Website.

Flamingo Land Zoo and Theme Park

Flamingo Land is just a short drive from Whitby, along the A169 towards York. It's theme park and zoo have been a family friendly attraction for over 40 years. The Theme Park with over 50 rides and the Flamingo Land zoo is an African extravaganza, boasting African Lions, Camels, Chimpanzees and more.

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North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is the most popular heritage railway in Britain. Steam locomotives take visitors through 18 miles of stunning countryside in one of the most beautiful national parks in the country, The North York Moors National Park.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway runs between the historic market town of Pickering to Grosmont and is one of the world's oldest railways lines. Trains also call at the picturesque stations of Levisham and Goathland (Aidensfield in YTV's 'Heartbeat' series). Special events and dining services are available throughout the year.

Click Here for the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway Website.

Castle Howard

Just over 30 miles south west of Whitby you'll find Castle Howard. Said to be one of the top 10 of the World's greatest mansions and grand houses, Castle Howard has been home to the Howard family for over 300 years. Set within 1000 acres of beautiful countryside, Castle Howard make an excellent family day out.

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Whitby Regatta

Whitby Regatta is a yearly event. In 2012, the Regatta will be held on August 18th, 19th and 20th. The Regatta began as a small event organised by local fishermen in the early 1800's. These days, Whitby Regatta is 3 days of family fun with rowing races, fun-fair, various free forms of entertainment and much more - all finished off with a grand firework display on the last evening.

Click Here for the Whitby Regatta Website.

Whitby Folk Week

Whitby Folk Week has long been part of the town's heritage. Also held in August, this event brings together folk musicians, dancers and enthusiasts from around the globe. With a range of concerts and performances in several venues throughout the week, this event has a great atmosphere and is not to be missed!

Click Here for the Whitby Folk Week Website.

Nearby Towns and Villages

  • Pickering
    Pickering is a small market town about 17 miles from Whitby on the A169. With a good selection of independent shops and cafes as well as being the home of the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway, Pickering is well worth a visit.

  • Helmsley
    Helmsley is a little further afield on the road between Thirsk and Scarborough. It is a picturesque market town with a Castle and Walled Garden and other nearby attractions including Nunnington Hall and Rievaulx Abbey..

  • Scarborough
    20 miles down the coast from Whitby is Scarborough, a larger seaside town with many excellent shops, cafes, galleries and restaurants..

  • York
    If you want to venture further, York makes an excellent day out. With so much to see and do, you'll struggle to fit it all in in a day, but the City Walls, York Minster and York Castle Museum are all well worth a visit. The city offers plenty of independent shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and galleries as well as boat trips on the river and many other attractions..

  • Robin Hood's Bay
    5 miles down the coast from Whitby is Robin Hood's Bay. Despite the steep hill down into the bottom of the village, Robin Hood's Bay is a charming location with a rich history of smugglers and fishing offering many good pubs and cafes, galleries and shops and a myriad of alleys to explore..

  • Sandsend
    Sandsend is just a couple of miles north of Whitby and is a small village, perfect for escaping the business of the town. With an expansive sandy beach (which runs all the way back down to Whitby) it's a great place to unwind and relax on the beach with an ice cream, watching the world go by..

  • Staithes & Runswick Bay
    A little further up the coast you'll find the fishing villages of Staithes and Runswick Bay which have similar amenities and atmosphere's to Robin Hood's Bay..

  • The Esk Valley
    Inland from Whitby runs the Esk Valley. Lined with villages including Egton, Glaisdale, Castleton, Danby and many more, the River Esk winds it's way 28 miles from the Esklets at Westerdale to it's end at Whitby..

A full range and further details are available in the local information pack in each of our cottages.

More information can be obtained from the Whitby Tourist Information Centre - Telephone 01947 602674