Around Whitby

Around and about in Whitby

Whitby around and about things to see and do

  • Around Church Street and Market Square Area
    There are quaint cobbled streets and many interesting shopshere. There are numerous galleries and famous Whitby Jet shops. Whitby boasts numerous cafes and tea rooms.
  • Whitby Abbey and St Mary’s Church
    Why don’t you unleash your innermost vampire and try the Vampire experience. Visit the abbey and church on the top of the cliff – climbing the 199 steps from Church Street. On top there is a visitor’s centre with interactive displays and audio tours available. There are occasional themed events too. See link here for more information: 
  • Around Whitby Harbour & Pier area
    Whitby has a working fishing harbour where you can watch the boats come in and unload the day’s catch. Walk along the pier for some breathtaking views of the sea and the town. Why not consider a boat trip? There are many to choose from including an old lifeboat and an old fashioned replica sailing ship in the harbour. Many other boats offering both short and long sea-fishing trips
  • Whitby Museum
    The various displays include the Captain Cook collection; This, highlighting his association with Whitby and events of his voyages (1768-1779)
  • Captain Cook Memorial Museum
    This is in an historic 17th Century house on Grape Lane. There are original letters, charts and artefacts from Captain Cook. They are always changing exhibitions to stay ‘current’.
Cobble Boat and anchor from sunken wreck
Whitby sunrise. If you’re up early enough?

Around and about in Whitby
Things To Do – including child-friendly activities

  • The Beach
    There is almost 2 miles of golden sand and clean sea. Try one of the donkey rides in the summer months
  • Boat Trip
    See Whitby Harbour and Pier information above – boat trips are very reasonable.
  • Pier Road
    There are numerous amusement arcades. There’s a mini bowling alley  and soft-play areas. See the old traditional bucket-and-spade and ice-cream shops
  • Pannett Park
    Try out the play areas designed by children – for children – of all ages
  • West Cliff
    Here there are activities include paddling a pool and crazy-golf . There is pitch-and-putt and a skateboard-park
  • Whitby Leisure Centre
    The swimming pool open to the public or if you’re fit, try the tennis courts, gymnasium or badminton court
  • Steam Trains
    Take a ride on a steam train from Whitby to Pickering. There’s occasional special events including Christmas Santa Specials and Pullman Dining. See the link here for more information: 
  • Around Ruswarp
    Ruswarp is a picturesque neighbouring village bisected by the River Esk. Take bread to feed the ducks and swans or maybe row a boat. Try fishing there or take a trip on the miniature railway
  • Mini-Monsterz
    Ruswarp, fantastic for a ‘wet-weather’ day. Their indoor fun includes soft-play,  slides and obstacles for children of all ages and even a climbing wall. On an evening sessions of ‘laser-tag’ and an on-site cafe for waiting parents
Whitby Abbey Ruins
Whitby Abbey Ruins

Around and about in Whitby

Places To Eat in Whitby

  • Magpie Café
    So they say – world famous fish and chips!
  • Trenchers
    A fish restaurant located on the quayside – quality seafood
  • White Horse & Griffin
    This pub / restaurant is on Church Street. it’s a 300 year old coaching inn which offers you fine dining in an atmospheric setting. There’s a roaring open fire in winter
  • The Marine
    A pub overlooking the harbour with a relaxed atmosphere and an extensive menu offering many local fish dishes
  • Moutreys
    This restaurant is friendly with a Mediterranean type Italian menu . It also boast a large clay built pizza oven which cooks and tastes so much differently than takeaway type pizzas
  • Cosa Nostra
    A stylish and modern  Italian food restaurant on Church Street
  • Passage to India
    Our favourite Indian restaurant offering traditional curries and takeaways available if required
  • Indian Moments
    This place has extensive menu again offering takeaways too.
  • Kam Thai
    Nice food served here in Station Square. The Thai menu is very good.
  • Marie-Antoinette’s Patisserie
    Again on Church Street and is a quirky, tiny coffee shop offering freshly baked cakes daily
  • Sanders Yard Restaurant
    Another Church Street venue with tables inside and out offering breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea


Pier before the sun goes down
Whitby Pier on a sunny day

Around and about in Whitby

Local ‘Watering Holes’ within 100 metres

  • Rowing Club
    he nearest bar to Awd Tuts Cottage , free entry, a good selection of reasonably priced beer and a hidden beer garden with views overlooking the harbour
  • Duke of York
    A food and drink pub near to Awd Tuts Cottage offering harbour views and serving food throughout the day
  • Board Inn
    A bar having harbour views and serving food all day too.
  • Black Horse
    A characterful dog-friendly pub, serving local real ale having a tapas-style bar menu too.


whitby abbey at sunset
Whitby Abbey at sunset