Bed and Breakfast in Whitby, North Yorkshire

Doug and Hilary Townshend info@thebirdhousewhitby.co.uk
01947 469169 • 07769 186181

Welcome to The Birdhouse B&B

Doug and Hilary welcome you to the Birdhouse, our small family-run B&B on Whitby's West Cliff.

Decorated with soothing, neutral seaside shades, and located just 250 metres from the cliff top, and a 10 minute walk from the centre of Whitby, it is the ideal location for a relaxing break on the North Yorkshire Coast.

We have a double en-suite room and also a family suite with private bathroom, comprising a twin / double room, and a separate single room (ideal for groups of 3 travelling together). Off-street parking is available for guests.

Guests are welcomed with complimentary home-made refreshments; and in the morning we offer a traditional English breakfast, cooked to order, with locally-sourced produce and also the option of a daily "special".

We look forward to welcoming you to our home and to Whitby, and are dedicated to making your stay with us an enjoyable and memorable experience. Finally, please note that, as all of our bedrooms are on the first floor, we are unable to offer accommodation to those with limited mobility; please see our Access Statement for more details.

Choose & Book Your Room

We have three spacious and comfortable rooms available to our bed and breakfast guests.  Click on the image below to find out more.

The Birdhouse Breakfast

Enjoy a home-cooked full English breakfast as well as cereals, fruit and yoghurt in our guests' dining room - or on the patio (weather permitting!)

Enjoy Whitby & Yorkshire

Only metres from the Whitby's expansive sandy beach and within easy distance of all that North Yorkshire has to offer.  Click below to find out more about our local area.

Your Hosts

The Birdhouse Bed & Breakfast is a new venture for owners Doug & Hilary Townshend. In the 25 years that we have called Whitby our home, we have been grateful to live in a beautiful town that so many choose as their holiday destination. Now that our three children have "flown the nest" it is a pleasure to open our home to you.

Hilary has enjoyed indulging her passion for quilting, handicrafts and interior decorating in revamping our home. Trips to America and Canada have given us a fondness for the New England look; hints of which are evident at The Birdhouse B&B.

We have always enjoyed offering informal hospitality to visitors from all over the world, and see this new chapter in our lives as a natural continuation of what we love to do. 

Whitby Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Whitby continues to draw huge visitor numbers throughout the year. Whitby attracts visitors from around the globe because of the rich mixture of coastal and countryisde scenery, maritime heritage, ancient history and proximity to a wide array of nearby attractions such as the North York Moors Steam Railway, historic York and Heartbeat Country. And many of them choose to stay in one of the town's wonderful bed and breakfast establishments.

Bed and Breakfast on the North Yorkshire Coast

Whitby is the jewel in the crown of the North Yorkshire Coast. Nestled between the tall cliffs at the mouth of the River Esk, Whitby has been inhabited since around 656AD. Nearly 1500 years of continuous habitation surely shows that there's something to the Whitby area which continues to draw people in and offer them something they don't find anywhere else!

From the dramatic position of the famous Whitby Abbey ruins on the East Cliff, to the magnificence of the sandy beach running 3 miles up the coast to Sandsend, no-one can say that our portion of coastline isn't beautifully rugged.

We share the same stretch of coastline as the nearby villages of Robin Hood's Bay and Staithes, both famously well-known locations in their own right. But between the three villages mentioned the picturesque beauty of the coastline varies dramatically. From the rocky scars stretching out into the North Sea at Robin Hood's Bay, with the world-famous view of Ravenscar, to the tidal harbour of Staithes.

Of course there are other villages perched on the cliffs within easy reach of Whitby - Runswick Bay for instance, Sandsend, Lythe and Kettleness. Our coastal location on Whitby's West Cliff provides plenty for all to enjoy - with cliff-top walks and the disused railway path providing excellent access to the most amazing scenes.

We could stop here. Surely the best coastal scenery in the country is enough of a draw, but of course, there is so much more to enjoy!...

B&B within easy reach of the North York Moors

Head inland from Whitby and you're entering the North York Moors National Park. At around 550sq miles it is one of the largest expanses of natural heather moorland in the UK, but it's home to only 23,000 people, which is why you can always find and quiet and peaceful corner of Yorkshire for some rest and relaxation!

And what is there to do here? Not a lot, you may be thinking. But you'd be wrong! The North York Moors National Park is home to the North York Moors Steam Railway, running from Whitby to Pickering with a big junction at Grosmont where you'll also find the engine sheds. This is an amazing way to see the wonderful scenery of the National Park, with the railway winding it's way through the undulating moorland. Experience the purple heather in late summer, the browns and earth tones of autumn or - for the more adventurous - enjoy the crisp perfect white of a snow covered landscape in the winter. Whenever you decide to embark on your steam-powered journey it's sure to be the most memorable day!

Dalby Forest is a large expanse of managed woodland in the heart of the Moors. Home to some of the best mountain bike courses in the country, as well as Go Ape, a great visitor centre and plenty of woodland and moorland walks such as visiting the Bridestones - some of the most dramatic rock formations you'll ever see.

With a huge array of public footpaths and bridleways, there's nothing stopping you from experiencing just about every corner of the North York Moors on foot - and don't forget to take your binoculars so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of our local wildlife too. Everything from badgers, foxes and deer to birds of prey and if you're near the coast, dolphins, seals and even whales are regularly sighted.

Medieval York

If you enjoy the attractions of a larger town or city, then York has everything you'll need! A rich history combined with all modern conveniences, York is a medieval walled city, and features the dramatic Minster in it's heart.

Access is easy via the A169 to Pickering, then get the Park and Ride from Monks Cross, where you'll also find some of the larger shops such as John Lewis.

Make sure you give yourself a good day to take in all that York offers. You won't be short of things to do and see, such as the Jorvik Viking Centre, the amazing street performers (weather permitting!) and the fantastic shops. You could even take a tour on the river, and if trains are your thing, make sure you visit the excellent York Railway Museum.

There are restaurants and independent cafes, bars and pubs by the bucket load in York, so make sure you take the time to choose wisely - there really is something for everyone!

Picturesque Market Towns

But perhaps York's a bit big for your needs and you'd prefer something a little more intimate, in that case the North York Moors is home to a number of sleepy market towns, here are a couple of favourites:

Pickering

25 minutes or so from Whitby you'll find Pickering - a small but perfectly formed market town offering all that you would need for a day out. A main station for the North York Moors Steam Railway, but also home to a couple of excellent museums and independent cafes, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes.

Pickering is also home to a historic castle, now owned by English Heritage and open throughout the year, as well as an ancient church in the centre of town.

There is a great selection of small shops and a fantastic Flea Market to explore. If you've got a day, or even just a couple of hours to fill, Pickering will cater perfectly to your needs.

Helmesley

Continue on on the A170 from Pickering you'll find yourselves in Helmsley, another historic market town also featuring a fantastic ruined castle. With an excellent market and plenty of independent shops, pubs and picturesque streets to explore, Helmsley is well worth the journey, as a taste of all that is great about rural Yorkshire!

Fish and Chips by the Bucket Load

And so we return to the opening statement. Of course, there is more to Whitby than Fish and Chips, but that's not a reason to exclude them from this list!

With the best Fish and Chips shops in the country on our doorstep, you probably find somewhere different every lunch and tea time for a week, and still not sample them all, so choose wisely!

The Magpie takeaway is also excellent, as is Quayside next door - who won another award this year. Hadley's is a Whitby favourite, as is Mr Chips on the other side of the road.

 

Ancient History

Touched on elsewhere, but worth mentioning independently, Whitby has one of the richest histories of anywhere in Yorkshire. Having been the place where the date of Easter was formally decided and inhabited since before 656AD if you're interested in history you'll find more than enough here.

Take a trip to Whitby Museum in Pannett Park to explore some of Whitby's historic events and periods, and if you're interested in finding out more they'll be happy to point you in the right direction.

A Beautiful Harbour

Whitby itself is of course, a massive attraction. You could sit on the harbourside for days, people watching, and not get bored. The beauty of our tidal harbour is unrivalled, with the wonderful Swing Bridge opening it's mouth to let the boats in and out. Head further towards the coastline and you'll see the majestic Piers jutting out into the savage North Sea, protecting all that would find shelter in our coastal community. What's not to love?!

Independent Shops, Cafes and Businesses

Whitby is full of independents. It's the independent spirit which makes Whitby so special - it's a place and a people unlike anywhere else! Head over to Church Street, Sandgate and the Market Place and you'll find a wide array of amazing businesses, from small record shops to Jet jewellers, skincare specialists and outdoor clothing and accessories. Not to mention pubs, cafes and art galleries.

Stay on the west side of town and head up Flowergate and onto Skinner Street and you'll experience more art, the fantastic Whitby Deli, town centre services such as all the major high street banks, cafes, Bothams, Dr Crank's Bike Shop and Musicport - for everything from a Ukulele to a fairly-traded gift.

With new shops and businesses opening every few weeks, Whitby sees a fair amount of turnover of premises - which is why there's always something new and interesting to see. Go on, take yourself window shopping, you never know what you're going to find!