You can walk out to the town's magnificent pier and if you are there at sunrise or sunset you can see either taking place over the water (the pier actually faces north).
Yorkshire is always reputed to have the best fish and chips in the country and Whitby is famed for having the best in Yorkshire. The Magpie Cafe is one of the most recommended places to go with long queues at lunchtime, although we managed to nip in just before noon with only a five minute wait.
Their fish and chips were really good, but there were several restaurants in the town that looked just as enticing. If I ever go back to Whitby (and I definitely will), I'll have to try the Magpie's scallop dish as well.
After lunch, it's the perfect time to climb the 199 steps up to the famous Abbey.
Also at the top is St. Mary's Church which dates from the 12th century and has a three-story pulpit.
It also houses this gorgeous carved chair - the Scoresby Chair - in honour of William Scoresby, a whaler and important polar explorer who among other things, invented the crow's nest.
Close up, you can really see the different coloured stones. They've weathered beautifully.
I really enjoyed spending a day exploring Whitby and I haven't even mentioned all the great independent shops to be found (post to come). There's also some fantastic walks around the area and I'll share some of that tomorrow.