Whitby's long association with jet (a gemstone formed from fossilised wood) is reflected in more than a dozen shops and galleries selling jet jewellery, most of them concentrated along Church St and Sandgate. To find out about its illustrious history, visit the fascinating Whitby Jet Heritage Centre.

The tiny square off Church St on East Cliff hosts a handful of market stalls most days of the week, ranging from antiques to crafts and pies and pickles.