If you like being by the sea, this quaint and charming coastal village with its jumbled cottages that hang delicately from the edge of the cliffs might provide the perfect opportunity for a getaway.
Visitors interested in geology, fine art and fishing will be delighted with Staithes pop-up galleries, cliffs and boat expeditions in North Yorkshire.
It is an ideal place for a weekend with small guest rooms and sailors’ houses dotting the village.
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Vacationers can even stay in a converted 1920s police station known as the Peeler’s Resthouse.
The cliffs of this coastal region provide a great opportunity to admire sea views and peek at the colonies of wild birds that live in the area.
The Cleveland Way is a cliff path that passes through Staithes and heads towards Skinningrove which is home to the remains of the old alum mines.
Staithes also has museums and galleries to visit, including the Staithes Lifeboat House which preserves the village’s incredible fishing heritage and tells the heroic stories of the local lifeboat crews.
The Staithes gallery is part of the continuity of the village’s long artistic history which dates back to the 19th century with a small group of twenty to thirty artists known as the “Staithes Group” or the “Impressionists of the North”.
The harbor is home to a small fishing fleet that ventures out to fish for cod, crabs and lobsters.
Some boats will offer pleasure cruises to tourists with stunning views of the coast and the village.
The village also has a small beach where people can explore groups of rock pools and even potentially find fossils, which gives the coastline the name of Dinosaur Coast.
September is the month when the village holds its art festival where local galleries, cabins and public buildings showcase their work in pop-up galleries.
Staithes has a range of popular restaurants, teahouses and pubs.
Dotty’s Vintage Tea Room comes highly recommended on Tripadvisor and is rated five stars after nearly 1000 reviews with one reviewer calling their scones “the best I have ever had”.
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The Captain Cook Inn serves traditional pub food with remarkably generous portions and is rated by Tripadvisor reviews as very good value for money.
Excelsior Fisheries appears to serve the best fish and chips in the area with a number of rave reviews on the fishmonger’s Tripadvisor page – with one satisfied customer simply remarking, “Now that’s what I call fish and chips.”