A recent poll in the national press rates Whitby as the Top 5 most popular place to stay in the UK. This just confirms what we all suspected, that Whitby is one of the best places in the country, if not the world!
At the very top of the list was Edinburgh, followed by London, Bournemouth, Manchester – and then Whitby. Other destinations in Yorkshire included York (10th place), Scarborough (19th) and Leeds (24th).
Whitby attracts millions of visitors every year and tourism is a vital part of our local economy. Its pretty harbour is lined by narrow streets with interesting little shops, overlooked by the impressive ruins of Whitby Abbey. With the ever-changing North Sea before it and the vast open spaces of the North York Moors National Park on the other three sides, Whitby enjoys a uniquely beautiful location.
The Tourist Information Centre in Whitby is visited by some 450,000 people every year and its local staff are well placed to answer a huge range of questions about Whitby and its surrounding villages. These include the ever-popular coastal villages of Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes, as well as many inland villages like Goathland, Grosmont and Danby. Goathland is the setting of ‘Aidensfield’ in the popular TV series of Heartbeat.
The survey of the Top 50 UK Destinations also included a few surprises. We might think of some places as being high on the list, but in fact Blackpool came 7th, Brighton 15th and even within the ever popular Lake District, Kendal came 18th and Keswick 23rd.
The survey was compiled by Pegasus Marine Finance and 10,000 UK holiday-goers were asked where they would like to go for a ‘staycation’ in the UK. The Top 50 UK Destinations were published in the national press earlier this year.