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An Alternative Top 5 Things to Do in Whitby

An Alternative Top 5 Things to Do in Whitby

 Following on from our popular blog on our favourite things to do in Whitby, we asked some locals for their "Top Five". We collected their favourites and wrote them down


Whitby is a historic seaside town in North Yorkshire. Located in the national park of North York Moors, there is an unlimited amount of activities you could do. It has everything from historical sights, beaches, and endless hiking possibilities. Now, we realised it might be a little overwhelming with so many possibilities, so we decided to write a Top 5-list of things that we would recommend you to do in Whitby!


1.   Whitby Abbey

A visit to Whitby would not be complete without a trip up the 199 steps to the Abbey. The steps go up to St. Mary’s Church and through the graveyard to the Abbey. The Abbey dominates the skyline above the East Cliff and it is not only picturesque, it is truly atmospheric and impressive, which is probably why it is one of the most popular tourist destinations, and something that the majority of visitors go out of their way to have a look at. It also has a connection to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, who was visiting Whitby at the time of writing his novel.


2.   Captain Cook Memorial Museum

This fascinating museum is located in the house of the ship owner with whom Captain Cook began his seafaring career. You can see the attic where Cook lodged as a young apprentice, his own maps and letters, etching from the South Seas, and a great model of the Endeavour, including crew and stores. The museum also often features exhibitions and events that are well worth visiting. Kids will also love this museum, learning all about Cook himself and his adventures!



3.   Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay is a small quirky fishing village and a bay located within the North York Moors National Park, just five miles south of Whitby. There is not a whole lot to do here, but the narrow little streets and alleys that make up the village are really worth the visit. The village itself is not only quaint; it also has a largely Mediterranean flair. Pro tip: the children will love it if you buy them a bucket and fishing net.


4.   Sandsend Beach

Now, we know this one depends largely on the weather, but this golden beach is a clear winner for summer family fun. The kids can go wild hunting for fossils and digging in the rock pools. It is even considered one of Britain’s most beautiful beaches, surrounded by beautiful cliffs! There are also plenty of options for buying ice creams and tea.


5.   North Yorkshire Moors Railway

These heritage railways run through the North York Moors National Park. They first opened in 1836 with the name of Whitby and Pickering Railway. If you enjoy visiting railways, then you should definitely visit these. You can go to have a look around, and watch the old steam trains roll in, or you could even hop on one and catch a ride through the Moors in style.





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