Free Parking in Whitby, UK

Whitby is a very small seaside town with very tight streets, so we recommend finding a free parking spot in Whitby without any restrictions and walking into the town centre for a stress free experience.

What you can find in this guide

  • What to know about free parking in Whitby
  • Where to park for free in Whitby
  • Free parking near Whitby Abbey
  • Free parking near Whitby Beach
  • Free parking near Whitby Harbour
  • Cheap parking options in Whitby
  • Free council car parks
  • Free overnight parking in Whitby
  • Coach parking in Whitby
  • Residents parking in Whitby
  • About Whitby

What to know about parking free in Whitby

When parking, please be considerate of others:

  • Ensure you don’t block any driveways
  • Tuck your car as close to the kerb as possible.
  • Don’t double park as you may be parked on a bus route

Here are our list of available free parking in Whitby, whether you need just a couple of hours, or a few days.

Where to Park for Free in Whitby, UK

You can park for free in Whitby on the following streets near to the town centre:

  • Windsor Terrace
  • Valley Road
  • Mulgrave Road
  • Mulgrave Crescent
  • Parson’s Close

Whitby is a very small fishing town so you don’t need to worry about your free parking spot being too far away. You can expect a 10 minute walk from your free parking spot to the centre of Whitby.

Free Parking near Whitby Abbey

You can park for free near Whitby Abbey on the following streets nearby:

  • Windsor Terrace
  • Valley Road
  • Mulgrave Road
  • Mulgrave Crescent
  • Parson’s Close

Whitby Abbey is located at the top of Whitby’s famous 199 steps, but once you’ve made your way up, there’s some truly spectacular views across Whitby, the harbour and out to sea.

Prices for Whitby Abbey are £11 per adult, or you can purchase an English Heritage pass for £99 which allows you annual access to all of the English Heritage sites across the UK, including Whitby Abbey.
Book Whitby Abbey Tickets

Free Parking near Whitby Beach

If you are planning on visiting Whitby Beach for the day, parking can get expensive. You can park for free near Whitby beach on the following streets:

  • Windsor Terrace
  • Valley Road
  • Mulgrave Road
  • Mulgrave Crescent
  • Parson’s Close

Whitby Beach is popular with families, couples and locals, all looking to take in the views and enjoy the fresh air. Whitby Beach is easy to access from the town, with just a 10 minute walk by the harbour, passing the amusements and cafes to get there. Once there, you can expect miles of clean sands, a pier and colourful beach huts.

Free Parking near Whitby Harbour

Whitby Harbour is just a stones throw away from the town centre, and a 5 minute walk from Whitby Beach. With plenty of fish and chip takeaways and ice cream parlours around, you can always sit by Whitby Harbour and take in the views. You can park for free near Whitby harbour on the following streets:

  • Windsor Terrace
  • Valley Road
  • Mulgrave Road
  • Mulgrave Crescent
  • Parson’s Close

Whitby Beach is popular with families, couples and locals, all looking to take in the views and enjoy the fresh air. Whitby Beach is easy to access from the town, with just a 10 minute walk by the harbour, passing the amusements and cafes to get there. Once there, you can expect miles of clean sands, a pier and colourful beach huts.

Cheap Parking in Whitby

If you don’t want to leave your car at one of our suggested free parking spots, there is cheap parking available in Whitby and these spaces are available to book in advance. You can pre-book these parking spots from as little as just £4 per day.

Free car parks in Whitby

You can park for free in Whitby between 6pm and 9am at the following car parks:

  • Marina Back Car Park
  • Marina Front Car Park
  • West Cliff Car Park
  • Back St Hilda’s Terrace Car Park

These car parks are conveniently located in the centre of Whitby, or just a 5 minute walk depending which car park you use. If you’re planning on visiting for an evening stroll or to enjoy one of the restaurants, these free car parking options would suit you best.

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking
Marina Back Car ParkLangbourne Road, Whitby, YO21 1YN3506pm – 9am
Marina Front Car ParkLangbourne Road, Whitby, YO21 1YN966pm – 9am
West Cliff Car ParkPavillion Drive, Whitby, YO21 3EG4246pm – 9am
Back St Hilda’s Terrace Car ParkBack St Hilda’s Terrace, Whitby, YO21 3AE206pm – 9am

Is overnight parking available in Whitby

The following council car parks offer free overnight parking, but you must return to your car by 9am to avoid paying parking charges:

  • Marina Back Car Park
  • Marina Front Car Park
  • West Cliff Car Park
  • Back St Hilda’s Terrace Car Park
  • North Terrace Car Park

Motorhome/Caravan overnight parking is available at the following car parks:

  • Marina Harbour Users Car Park

Sleeping or camping is not prohibited, so you will need to park your Motorhome or Caravan and find suitable accomodation.

Coach parking in Whitby

If you are travelling to Whitby by coach, there are several council car parks that offer coach parking, including:

  • Marina Back Car Park
  • West Cliff Car Park

There are charges that do apply to these car parks, so if you would rather just drop off your passengers and return later, there is a coach drop off point on Langborne Road outside the Co-op.

Residential parking in Whitby

If you live in Whitby, you can apply for a residents permit to park in restricted zones. 

You can apply for the permit which is issued free of charge, allowing you to park in the disc zones around your home.

In order to apply, you will need to provide proof of address, a utility bill and proof of vehicle ownership.

About Whitby, North Yorkshire

Whitby is located on the North Yorkshire coast and offers visitors plenty of culture, beautiful sandy beaches and unique shops to peruse.

Whitby is most famous for its Abbey and its connections to Dracula, which itself attracts thousands of visitors a year.

The Whitby Goth Weekend is an annual event that brings like minded people together to enjoy the town and its history.

Whitby is accessible to all, but quite steep so it’s recommended you bring good walking shoes and any aids you may need. The cobbled streets are quite tight but also home to some unique gift shops, so make sure you have plenty of time to explore and enjoy.

The sandy beach is great for those with children, who can make sandcastles and splash in the sea to their hearts content.

The lighthouse and pier is one of the main attractions which offers fantastic panoramic views of the town and out to sea. 

If you are are comfortable with a steep walk, we recommend visiting the famous whale bone arch, which is a great backdrop for a family photo.

If you are visiting Whitby for a short break, why not take a trip to explore the other seaside towns on the North Yorkshire coast, including Scarborough and Bridlington.

Hotels in Whitby

If you are looking to book a hotel in or around Whitby so you can stay and enjoy this lovely seaside town on the Yorkshire coast, we’ve compiled a list of hotels that have on-site parking to take the stress of finding a car park away. Most of the hotels offer free on-site parking included in the price of the room. 


Hotels in Whitby with Parking

Where to stay in Whitby

There are plenty of accommodation options in Whitby, from B&B’s to boutique hotels and Air BnB options. Most won’t have parking so always find a free parking spot if you are planning a stay in Whitby.

Other towns and cities nearby

If you’re visiting the area for a short trip or just looking for things to do nearby, you can explore these towns and cities that are near to Whitby: