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Top 5 Things to do in Whitby

Whitby means a great many different things to lots of people.  Grown ups may think of fishing, history, walks and museums, whereas children may conjure up images of sandcastles, fossils, ice creams and steam trains.  Some people may even think of ghosts and a link to Dracula of all things!


Whatever images come to mind when you think of Whitby, everyone can agree that there’s something for everyone.  Here’s just five top things to try on your next visit to Whitby.


Whitby Museum


The museum of the town has been open since 1823 and is the best place to find out about the history of Whitby in its entirety.


These include Whitby’s connection to possibly its most famous resident, Captain James Cook, and his voyages aboard HMS Bark Endeavour; Whitby’s connection to the whaling industry as well as telling you all about the Whitby Jet, a mineraloid that Whitby is associated with.


Steam Train


Starting from York you will embark on a full day tour of the North York Moors on a steam train, visiting Helmsley, Hutton-le-Hole, Goathland and Whitby.


As well as learning about the legacy left by Dracula and Captain James Cook in Whitby, Goathland is the setting for some of the outside shots in the Harry Potter movies.


Whitby Beach


At the bottom of the 199 steps made famous by the Dracula legend is Whitby Beach.  Spotlessly clean and as traditional a British beach as you could hope to find.  In high season you can expect donkey rides, ice creams, life guards and brightly coloured beach huts.


Dogs are welcome off season and the children will love the sandy parts for their castle building aspirations.


The Captain Cook Experience


Climb on board an authentic replica of Captain Cook’s famous ship, the HMS Bark Endeavour.  Not only that, follow in his footsteps by sailing with it out into the sea!


This is a popular attraction that makes several sailings a year and the ship itself has been used on numerous television programmes.


The trip goes around Whitby Harbour and along the coast to Sandsend.   The crew are all made up of ex-fishermen and lifeboatmen who know everything about Whitby, both past and present.  


Hear all about Captain Cook’s  voyages whilst getting a fantastic view of North Yorkshire’s Jurassic coastline, with its mineral deposits and plentiful fossils.


The wildlife includes seabirds and seals, as weir as the occasional porpoise, dolphin and whale.


Falling Foss Tea Garden and Waterfall


Whether you’re just out for a pleasant stroll or in the midst of a full on coast to coast walk, the Falling Foss Tea Garden will serve you with a restful piece of tranquility.


This is a natural beauty spot in the middle of the forest and the trees, ancient footbridge and even a cave make it an ideal place for children’s imaginations to run wild.


Whilst the children have their adventure, the adults can relax in the tea garden, set in grounds which are above the famous Falling Foss Waterfall.



Whitby is a town famous for many things and loved by many for an infinite number of reasons.  These are some of the favourite things that people who visit Whitby like to do, what are yours?


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