Welcome to

Whitby Civic Society

2023 View to East side from East Terrace

The present Whitby Civic Society was formed in 1996 though its roots go back much earlier. Our Vision is to:                

  • Preserve, enhance and celebrate Whitby's rich heritage and promote civic pride

  • Encourage high standards of planning and development that respect Whitby's unique character  

  • Protect and improve historic features in the town and those of public interest  

Whitby is a seaside town and port in an enviable position on the North Yorkshire coast. At the mouth of the River Esk, Whitby has a rich and diverse heritage of religion, maritime and tourism. The dramatic ruins of Whitby Abbey at the top of the 199 steps, dominate the East Cliff. The Abbey was home to Cædmon, the earliest recognised English poet and the poignant ruins provided inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. It was in Whitby that James Cook served as an apprentice in the merchant navy. His first voyage of discovery was on HMS Endeavour, built by Thomas Fishburn of Whitby.

On the very edge of the North York Moors National Park, Whitby retains some of its ship building and fishing heritage and is a wonderful place to live and work. It is a popular, all year round visitor destination. 

Get involved 

All locals and visitors are assured of a very warm welcome. You can find out more about joining Whitby Civic Society here.  


Alec Clifton-Taylor's views on Whitby history & architecture

E:My Pictures/2017/Whitby photos/ 

A BBC series where Alec Clifton-Taylor, an English Architectural Historian, discussed the history & architectural character of a number of English towns including Whitby:

Six English Towns 1984 Whitby 



Whitby Civic Society is a non-political, independent voluntary organisation and a registered charity number 1055396. 


Contact Information

Janet Kukk - Hon. Secretary


Whitby Civic Society
C/o 10 St Hilda's Terrace
North Yorkshire
YO21 3AE