Whitby has a range of activities and attractions for all age groups and interests. Here are just a few...
The Abbey

High on a cliff above Whitby are the imposing remains of Whitby Abbey. Founded in 657 by St Hilda the Abbey has over the years been a kings’ burial place, the home of saints, and inspiration for Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.

Discover how over 2,000 years of history make the Abbey one of England’s most important archaeological sites, while at the interactive visitor centre.

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Captain Cook Museum

The Museum is in the 17th century house on Whitby’s harbour where the young James Cook lodged as an apprentice. It was here Captain Cook trained as a seaman, leading to his epic voyages of discovery. The museum has unveiled a forgotten collection of treasures from the Endeavour and offers a variety of souvenirs. A great place to spend an afternoon or morning for those interested in this maritime legend.

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The Lifeboat

Built in 1895, the double boathouse was used by the RNLI until 1957 when it was re-established as a museum. The museum has grown to contain an abundance of lifeboat material including models, paintings, medals, photographs, lifeboat kit and items from famous rescues. Personal tales of individual RNLI crew and survivors are told through individual accounts from the archives and touching mementos from the wrecked and the rescued.

Pannett Park (gardens, museum & gallery)

The Park includes a Community Garden, play area, outdoor classroom, Neolithic rock art and Commemorative Garden. Whitby Museum is home to many fascinating collections, from Bronze Age weapons to artifacts from Captain Cook's voyages. The museum also houses one of the best collections of Jet artifacts in the world. Pannett Art Gallery has permanent and temporary displays by local and national artists, which change regularly.

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Leisure Centre

Located just beyond the car park opposite the Royal Crescent, the centre has facilities including 2 Swimming pools, fitness suite and sports hall, an outdoor floodlit multi-use games area and outdoor Tennis Courts.

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Whitby Ghost Walks

Join the man in black on a tour to discover the strange and supernatural tales of murder, mystery and suspense. Walk and talk where Dracula stalked. Dare you follow the trail and linger in the streets where vampires still abound. Prepared for an experience you may never forget!

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Traffic-free cycle hire on the Whitby to Scarborough old coastal railway cindertrack. Meander your way stopping at quaint villages or remote beaches, along the stunning Jurassic coast. Call at one of the local inns or teashops for refreshments. Miles of fun.

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Stream Trains

The steam engines operate out of Whitby passing through beautiful countryside and quaint rural stations. A step back in time and the perfect starting point for a day out, whether you’re traveling between the rugged Yorkshire villages such as Grosmont, Goathland or hiking on the moors.

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Boat trips

There are a number of operators running boat trips from Whitby harbour. Coastal Cruises offer a range of trips including sunset and twilight cruises, also whale watching trips. On a trip on the Bark Endeavour you will enjoy some fantastic views of North Yorkshire's Jurassic coastline. There are also fishing and wild-life spotting trips.

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Dracula Experience

The Dracula Experience is a unique tour through the Dracula story and the connection to Whitby. Using animated scenes, electronic special effects and sometimes live actors.

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Mini Monsterz

This fantastic new play facility is suitable for children aged from 0 to 12. Within the four level play area are a wide variety slides, cargo nets, and miniature zip-lines as well as bash bags and interactive lights that keep children entertained for hours. Included within Mini Monsterz is a separate baby and toddler area that boasts a large ball pool.

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The Pavilion

Situated on the cliffside overlooking Whitby Bay this unique venue offers an atmospheric Victorian interior and hosts a number stage shows, films, dances, festivals/concerts and exhibitions.

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