What to do

There are a huge amount of leisure activities and attractions in and around Whitby, we have listed a few below:-

Bones  Whitby sits on the coast surrounded by the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. The unspoilt fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay lie within easy reach by bus or car.

On the internet you can visit:

for live views of the town and harbour.

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for tourist information.

Beach: You can walk along the beach to Sandsend at low tide where there is a lovely café on the seafront.

Town: Whitby has a great variety of independent shops offering both tourist and everyday goods. Wander round the old part of town and find shops selling handmade fudge, the famous jet jewellery and all manner of gifts and souvenirs. Traditional fish and chips are a must – the renowned Magpie café has a takeaway where they are cooked to order

Local Produce: Fortune’s Smokehouse on Henrietta Street, established in 1872, selling kippers and a range of other smoked produce. http://www.fortuneskippers.co.uk/

Taking your dog to Whitby: http://www.whitbydogfriendlyholidays.co.uk/

Local Take-Aways:
At the cottage you will find details of local restaurants

 Whitby Abbey


Whitby Abbey was founded by St Hilda in the year 657. The ruins, overlooking the fantastically picturesque Whitby harbour, should be high on any visitors list of things to see.

Climb the famous 199 steps to the Abbey or parking is available very close to the abbey itself, accessed via Green Lane, leading up the hill from Church Street, close to the new (not old) bridge.

There is an award winning visitors’ centre and gift shop to explore. Entrance fees for Whitby Abbey are charged, access is free for members of English Heritage.

Whitby Fishing Trips

Charter Boats offer wreck, reef, & charter angling trips from the Port of Whitby. A list of skippers and their contact numbers are listed below.

There are four Whitby Angling Festivals every year. Spring, Summer, and Autumn with the final Uptiding Festival in November. Prizes range from £1,000 to £5,000 for the biggest fish with many other smaller prizes of money and fishing tackle. Most Charter Skippers in the port take part in the festivals. The daily entry fee is £5.00 per person.


Angling Boats In The Whitby CAvanteharter Skippers Association

Boat Skipper Contact
Avante Mick Leonard 07585660890
Sea Otter 2 Paul Kilpatrick 07748705695
Shytorque Rich Ward 07733 233352
Libby Ken Graham 07979306155
Stoney Broke Barry Rodgers 07866 849927
Sea Urchin Peter Rose 07855439380
Saxon Lady Colin Freeman 07919244743
Jean K Kevin Marsden 07885 090930
Mistress Rich Cope 07977 436903
Chieftain George Metcalfe 07778 737435
Tina Dawn Mick Norden 07881 784655
Trot On 2 Paul Eddon 07766 995847
Lone Shark Mike Bez 07923967001
Two Dogs John Wilford 07799 756474
Never Can Tell A John Whitton 07790 955604
Linzy-H Bill Reading 01947 602960
Charisma jim Metcalf 07811782471
Trot On 1 Shaun Elwick 07721670810

Captain Cook Memorial Museum


The ‘Cook Museum’ is in the 17th century house on the harbour side at Whitby where the young James Cook came to serve his apprenticeship. The Museum celebrates Cook’s achievements, and exhibits ship models and maps, original letters in Cook’s own hand and much authentic material from the eighteenth century artifacts from the Voyages, paintings and prints by the artists who sailed with him.

Downstairs there are period rooms furnished much as they were in Cook’s time. Upstairs the rooms are organized, Whitby, London, Voyages, Scientists, Artists, and at the very top of the house the Attic where Cook and his fellow apprentices slept when not at sea.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

From the smoke and steam pouring from the engines to the cosy wood-panelled carriages and friendly conductor service, the railway is both lovingly preserved and charmingly authentic.
Steam trainIt is the perfect starting point for a day out, whether travelling between rugged Yorkshire villages, hiking on the wind swept moors or spending a day by the seaside. The line runs to Pickering, and there are several special events throughout the year including dining experiences and a wartime weekend. There are tea rooms at Pickering, Grosmont and Goathland stations.

 Walking, Cycling and Horse Riding

The town of Whitby surrounds some of the most beautiful countryside in the country. Situated with the North Yorkshire Moor National Park and close to the Vale of York and the Yorkshire Dales it is the perfect spot to explore on foot. Whether you enjoy gentle strolls along the cliffs tops, walks through diverse and ancient forests or hikes across the dramatic moorland,the area provides a range of stunning and enjoyable routes for every level and ability.

Walking & Horse Riding

The local countryside is abundant with picturesque locations for you to explore and enjoy; teaming with wildlife , full of history and intrigue. Walkers are welcomed and there are plenty of maintained and signposted routes. In fact with over 1,400 miles of paths and tracks to choose from, in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park alone, the area is packed with abundant opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding. In season the Park operates a moorbus to enable visitors to enjoy some of the linear walking routes the area has to offer.

The public rights of way within the North York Moors are marked using the national colour coding system:
YELLOW – Public footpath – walkers only
BLUE – Public bridleway – walkers and horse-riders, cyclists too, but give way to other users
RED – Byway – all traffic. Drivers please give way
WHITE – Concessionary path – Not a public right of way, but the landowner invites you to enjoy it.
Visit the North Yorkshire Moors National Park website to purchase walking, cycling and riding routes and guides.

Dog Walking

dog walkingTo enjoy the area to the full, whilst ensuing the safety of your dog and the local wildlife and livestock, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the advice from the North York Moors National Park:






Cycling in and around Whitby

Cinder path
Whitby is a fantastic place to go cycling. Bike hire is available from Trailways in Hawsker and the Cinder Track starts at Stakesby Vale where you can cycle all the way to Scarborough (23 miles) along this traffic-free and fairly level old railway track. http://www.moortoseacycle.net/.
Bike repair services are available from Dr Cranks on Skinner Street.

The Bram Stoker Dracula Experience

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

In 1885 the Russian Schooner The Demeter was hit by a wild storm and ran aground in Whitby harbour on Tate Hill Sands. Mysteriously all the crew were dead including the captain, who was lashed to the helm. The instant the Demeter ran aground, a huge black dog was seen to leap ashore and run up the 199 steps towards Whitby abbey. The dog was known to be one of the many forms into which a vampire could transform itself. Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula had arrived in England…..!

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Old Glory Steam Bus – Whitby Pier

Whitby’s very own passenger touring steambus. Board by bandstand Whitby Pier. Dog friendly. Go sightseeing and enjoy spectacular views of Whitby in bygone style http://www.whitbysteambusandcharabanc.co.uk/




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Whitby Ghost Walks – Whitby

Starting at 8 p.m every night, from Whitby Whale Bones on Whitby’s West Cliff with story teller Harry Collett or Ghost guru. Take your garlic with you when you explore the cobbles, ginnels and streets of Whitby by moonlight



Gothic weekend in Whitby

Whitby Gothic Weekend

The Whitby Gothic Weekend is a twice-yearly festival for Goths, in Whitby, North Yorkshire, England. The first festival was held in 1994, and it was held annually until 1997, when it became a twice-yearly event – generally held in April and October/November. Whitby was chosen in part because it features in Bram Stoker’s Dracula as well as inspiring it.


For more activities please click the link to Whitby Tourist Information www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/whitby.aspx