Staithes is a seaside village in North Yorkshire, England. We went there on a Sunday after lunch. Since it’s a long weekend due to bank holiday and also school holiday, the place was very happening. It was quite hard to find parking but we were lucky to find two (we drove two cars there) after a bit of search. It’s a good thing all of us could fit in two sedans. If we’re to drive three (2 sedans and 1 caravan), it will be an issue for the bigger vehicle to find a parking.
The drive to Staithes was quite a scenic drive on the highway and the altitude was rather high that you could feel your ears blocked for a moment like when you’re in a plane. Even going down the highway could make your stomach felt funny like riding a roller coaster hahaha!
Once one of the busiest fishing ports on the North East coast, Staithes boasts a long proud history as the one-time home of famous Royal Navy captain and explorer, Captain James Cook. Staithes is approximately 22 minutes drive from Whitby along the coast.https://www.thewhitbyguide.co.uk/staithes/
A Picturesque Village
It’s a bit of walk down hill to reach the village after we parked. The sun was so bright and hot. However, the view was quite stunning. The village’s 18th century cottages and cobbled streets are one the interesting things to see here. Great place for taking unique and quirky photos too. No wonder it attracts many artists to immortalize the place on canvas for centuries.
We just walked around enjoying the views and take some photos there. We didn’t visit Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre. In fact, we didn’t know it’s there hahaha! Anyway, in case you want to know, the museum operating hours are from 11am to 4pm daily except Friday during summer. Meanwhile, the operating hours are from 11am-4pm daily except Thursday and Friday during winter.
You can spend a night or two there if you want. You might be lucky to catch the Northern Lights there if you visit during autumn and winter from September to April.
You will not miss the view of two bulky headlands (‘nabs’) which shelter the tiny harbour. They are the two cliffs of Cowbar and Penny nab.
By the way, this place is also popular for bird watching.
That’s pretty much that I could share about this picturesque village on the Yorkshire Coast. We spent hours there. Unfortunately the public toilet near the car park was closed when we reached there. So we drove to Saltburn to visit the toilet and a quick stroll. You can check out my 2018 Saltburn trip here.