It’s not often that the Yorkshire coastline is given much credit, and many people bypass it in favour of the warmer coastlines of Southern England. However, take the time to look a little closer and the Yorkshire coastline actually has much more to offer than the commercialised bright lights and slot machines of Scarborough and Bridlington. So, here are some of Yorkshire’s best seaside towns.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, then Flamborough is the perfect seaside town to visit. Towering, rugged white chalk cliffs are home to one of the biggest sites of nesting sea birds (including Gannets, Kittiwakes, Guillemots and Puffins) in the whole of England, making it a popular spot with nature lovers. If it’s the puffins you’re interested in, then head to Flamborough Head; it’s considered the number one hot spot in England for seeing them up close.
Unlike many of Yorkshire’s more commercial seaside towns, Filey remains quaint and unspoilt. It retains the appeal of a traditional Edwardian coastal town with its picturesque architecture and historic charm. The beaches are often quiet and the town itself is small and peaceful, making it the ideal Yorkshire coast getaway if you need a break from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
If history is your thing, then Whitby should definitely be the first of Yorkshire’s seaside towns that you visit. Steeped in tales of Dracula and Captain Cook, you can actually learn something by visiting the little coastal town. If you’re a fitness fanatic, then there’s something for you too. The ruins of Whitby Abbey are situated right at the top of 199 steps, so you can even squeeze a workout into your historical trip. The Abbey has an interactive visitor centre that is well worth visiting if you’re interested in learning about its past, and there are often family orientated events held here to entertain the kids.
If you’re looking for a real retreat, head to the lesser known old fishing town of Staithes. Quaint and picturesque, Staithes has a small bay and admittedly not much else to do. Like Whitby, it was once the resident town of Captain James Cook, who worked in Staines as a grocer’s apprentice and established his fascination with the sea. It’s a tiny village, but worth visiting if you’re staying somewhere nearby.
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