Nestled beside the River Esk, you will discover the sweet beach of Tates Hill. The name on maps used for the beaches in this area is Whitby Beach. However, Whitby Beach actually consists of two separate beaches either side of the River Esk! The first of which is Tates Hill Beach, which is located Eastwards. The second beach of West Cliff is tucked along the West Pier.

What is Tates Hill Beach like?

Tates Hill is a small, sheltered beach with a stunning sandy shoreline. This pleasant shore is a wonderful spot for sandcastle building and general mucking about. It is also dog friendly all year round, so you don’t have to worry about leaving any members of your family behind!

It is the less busy beach of the two, meaning there is no crowded coastline! You can catch a break from the hubbub of the bustling town centre, without having to fight for a comfortable spot on the sands. Though, it is conveniently situated just ahead of Church Street and Henrietta Street. Here you can peruse numerous independent shops and visit the world-famous smokehouse of Fortunes Kippers.

From the beach you can admire the gothic beauty of Whitby Abbey atop the craggy cliffside, without having to scramble up its infamous 199 steps! There are also pleasant views out across the old town of Whitby itself, with its quaint, red-roofed homes and splendid harbour.

Further points of interest

If you stroll westwards, you can sample all that West Cliff Beach has to offer. This beach is a bit livelier and has more family-centred amenities for you to enjoy. History lovers should also swing by the Whitby Museum, which houses numerous Victorian and prehistoric artefacts. Wherever you go, you’ll be sure to have a blast at this gem of the Yorkshire Coast!

Q Are dogs allowed at Tate Hill Beach?

Dogs are permitted at Tate Hill Beach all year round. However, dogs must be kept on leads from 1st May to 30th September.

Q Are there public toilets at Tate Hill Beach? Are there toilets with disabled access?

There are toilets available near the Tate Hill beach itself. You can find further toilets at West Cliff Beach at the Beach Management centre.

In the toilets by West Cliff Beach, you will also find toilets with disabled access that are free to use.

Q Is there parking available at Tates Hill Beach?

There is no parking available immediately next to the beach itself. The closest car park is the Church Street car park (YO22 4AS). There are 92 spaces, including 3 disabled access bays. For information about pricing, head to

If you struggle to find a parking space, there are many car parks dotted throughout Whitby that you can use ( Whitby is not huge and so they are only a short walk from the beach.

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