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Whitby is a seaside town situated in North Yorkshire with a picturesque fishing port that has existed since the Middle Ages. Like many resorts, it only became a popular destination when the railway arrived in the early Victorian era.


One of Whitby’s claims to fame, aside from beautiful scenery and its proximity to the North York Moors, is its link with Bram Stoker’s Gothic “Dracula” novel. It was Whitby shore that Dracula fled to in the guise of an immense dog after the vessel he was travelling on ran aground.


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Some additional information about parking in whitby, to cater to all your parking needs

  • On-street parking

    Whitby offers a pay and display area along the North Promenade, free 1-hour disc parking (e.g. Skinner Street), and free 3-hour disc parking areas that are shared with residential permit holders. Some streets are for permits holders only.


    Scratch cards allow tourists to park all day in 3-hour disc zones (e.g. Crescent Avenue) or permit holder zones with a “W” marked on the parking sign. These are Whitby’s orange and blue parking zones. Scratchcards cannot be used in 1-hour disc parking areas. The cards are given out by guest-house owners and hoteliers and are valid for two or four days at a time.


  • Off-street parking

    Car parks in Whitby mostly cost between £3 and £4 for two hours and tend to be free outside of 9 am to 6 pm Monday to Sunday. There are many car parks in town and a big open car park at Abbey Headland with 415 spaces.


    Whitby has a mixture of long-stay and short-stay car parks. At Cliff Street car park, for instance, you can stay for a maximum 6 hours, whereas longer stays are possible at West Cliff car park and others.


    Long-stay car park permits are available from the Tourist Information Centre in Whitby for 2-7 day durations at £8 per day. While these aren’t as cheap as scratch cards, they do make all the borough’s long-stay car parks accessible and spaces easier to find.

  • Public transport

    There are over 40 local bus services at Whitby, including a circular town route as well as buses to Scarborough, Middlesbrough and Leeds. Whitby bus station is near Whitby railway station at Station Square. There is uncovered parking for 60 cars at the railway station.

  • Disabled parking

    Blue Badge holders have several parking options in Whitby. Among the off-street car parks with disabled bays are Abbey Headland, Church Street and Langbourne Road. On-street disabled parking also exists at sites like East Terrace, North Terrace and Pier Road.

  • Parking restrictions & event days

    The main parking restrictions in Whitby relate to its on-street controlled parking zones. People visiting briefly without a scratch card cannot park in Whitby’s blue residents’ zones.

  • Overnight, weekends & bank holidays

    For the purposes of parking in Whitby, bank holidays count as normal days.

  • Drop-off and pick-up

    Whitby railway station is easily accessible, so there are no problems dropping off or picking up passengers there or anywhere else in town.

  • Nearby attractions

    There are many things to do in and around Whitby, such as visit Whitby Abbey ruins, look around the Captain Cook Memorial Museum or ride on the North York Moors Railway.


    For a physical challenge, you can reach the abbey on East Cliff by climbing the 199 steps from Church Street. These are the same steps that Dracula bounded up disguised as a hound. You might also enjoy a guided Dracula tour in Whitby with the Dracula Experience Ltd.