101 Essential Things To Do In Whitby

This article of 101 Essential Things To Do In Whitby is based on suggestions from NYM and social media members. Some of the ideas are seasonal or weather-dependent, but please read right through the list for some awesome ideas for all visitors to Whitby. Please leave your suggestions and comments at the bottom of the page.

  • Fly Fishing at Lockwood Beck.
  • Visit The Whitby Museum in Pannett Park (Highly Under-rated)
  • An evening meal At Romero- Jo’s, its the place to be.
  • The Farndale Daffodil Walk. Two miles of non stop daffodils in spring.
  • Climb the 199 steps and watch the sunset in the sea (May to July only 2024).
  • Take in the free ‘movie’ in Sutcliffe Gallery’s window.
  • A beach walk from Whitby to Sandsend (Consult the tide book). Lunch at The Hart in then bus it back. (3 mile walk).
  • Take the kids crabbing at Kiddies corner (side of swing bridge). Crabbing kits from Whitby Angling Supplies next to Mr Chips.
  • Fish and Chips at The Magpie.
  • Summer sunrise at Saltwick Bay (May to July) This is a must see event.
Mid Summer Sunset At Whitby Piers
A walk up the 199 steps for a Mid Summer Sunset At Whitby Piers. One of only 2 places on the entire east coast where the sun sets in the sea. yes Whitby is very special.
  • A Visit to Whitby Abbey (Check out our events page from main menu).
  • Watching the Goths (Goth Weekend Only)
  • Take a boat fishing trip (www.whitbyseaanglers.co.uk)
  • Go on one of the Ghost walks (Most evenings in summer from the whale bones).
  • East Side Ghost Walks On Church Street.
  • Fossil hunting (Saltwick Bay is excellent).
  • Take in a midsummer Saltwick Sunset off Saltwick Nab (consult tide table and go equipped).
  • A walk along Whitby scaurs taking in the Crete Block and Admiral Von tromp wrecks ( A personal favourite).
  • Eskbelle sunset cruise opposite the Jolly sailors pub.
Essential viewing. the Goths during The Whitby Goth Weekend.
Essential viewing.  The Goths during The Whitby Goth Weekend.
  • A walk along the old railway lines from Sandsend to Kettleness and back. A pint In the Hart Inn afterwards.
  • A visit to The Humble Pie And Mash shop on Church Street (The black pudding and sausage pie takes some beating).
  • Morning coffee at Java Cafe (It won’t be beat).
  • Buy kippers from Billy Fortunes.
  • Avoid Weatherspoons, its taking business away from local shops.
  • Visit St Mary’s Church, its stuffed with History and amazing stories.
  • Mackerel fishing on The West Pier (www.whitbyseaanglers.co.uk)
  • A round of Golf at The Whitby Golf Club (Sandsend rd)
  • Visit the old foghorn and lighthouse at Hawsker Highlights.
  • Hire a rowing boat at Ruswarp Boats (A nice way to see the esk)
Whitby Foghorn Near Saltwick Bay Oct 2011
Whitby Foghorn Near Saltwick Bay. A nice walk on The Cleveland way.
  • Take the steam train to Pickering
  • A late evening walk on cobbled Church Street (highly recommended).
  • A ride on The Steam Bus (Pick up point at the end of Pier rd).
  • A day exploring the Whitby Yards (Don’t be put off, they are not private. Just be respectful).
  • A bar meal at The Lion inn Blakey Ridge (transport is needed, but its the best bar meal in the area).
  • Visit the Whitby Regatta
  • Beach combing At Runswick Bay.
  • Looking for jet at Robin Hoods Bay Beach.
  • A day on Whitby Beach.
  • Sanders Yard for eats.
A Ride On the Whitby steam Bus. Great For The Kids.
A Ride On the Whitby steam Bus. Great For The Kids.
  • Staithes Captain Cook Museum. It has to be seen to be believed.
  • Fudge from Justins on Church street.
  • Pannett Park play park for the younger kids.
  • Take away Fish and Chips from Mr Chips then sit overlooking the charter pontoon near The Fleece public house.
  • Cliff top walk to Robin Hoods Bay, then return along the Cinder Path Railway Line.
  • Marie Antoinette coffee is amazing (Cobbled Church Street).
  • Jet works on Church Street
  • A walk at Falling Foss
  • Picnic at Red Gates.
  • Barbecue in Dalby Forest.
Dalby Forest For Pic Nics And Berbecues
Dalby Forest For Pic-Nics And Berbecues Its An Awesome Day For All the Family.
  • Duke of York and get window seat and enjoy the views whilst having a pint. Children welcome in daytime.
  • Claras West Cliff Cafe. The summer Sunsets wont be beat.
  • Spring in Pannett Park, The Flowers are lovely.
  • Visit The RNLI museum on Pier Road.
  • A West Pier Walk. Awesome at all times, summer or winter, but get wrapped up if its cold.
  • A proper fry up at The Singing Kettle, where the locals go.
  • The Gallon Walk – Ask for details on our Facebook Group.
  • The Booze Train (Friday evenings up and down The Esk valley).
  • Morning Coffee at The Tides cafe in Sandsend (the views on a nice morning will blow you away).
Teas, Coffee And Soft Drinks At Claras On the West Cliff. Then Watch the Sun Set In The Sea
Teas, Coffee And Soft Drinks At Clara’s On the West Cliff. Then Watch the Sun Set In The Sea
  • In search of Dracula (Check the board at The whale Bones).
  • Visit Beggars Bridge at Glaisdale. The riverside walk is beautiful.
  • A days Salmon Fishing on The Esk. (Look up Simon Foster, Egton estates).
  • Karaoke Kris @ The George (Weds & Sun). Not to be missed.
  • A half day exploring at Staithes. An amazing little village which was home to captain Cook.
  • Afternoon tea and a game of lawn putting at Perry’s River Garden in Sleights.
  • Soak up the Atmosphere around the Harbour.
  • An evening pint on The Fleece Balcony, its a very different sunset from here but as the light fades, you get awesome silhouettes over the west side buildings. Add it to your list its amazing.
  • Crazy Golf on West Cliff with the kids.
  • Afternoon tea in La Rosa Hotel. An experience you will never forget. Set to the Theme of Lewis Caroll.
  • Visit The Whitby Pubs
  • Shop Till You Drop – Whitby Shops
  • Take a trip to sea on Whitby’s old lifeboat.
  • A pint with the fishermen at The Ship Inn.
  • Visit Heartbeat country at Goathland.
  • Walk along the beach from Robin Hoods Bay to Ravenscar (Consult tide tables at local knowledge).
  • Cycle the cindar path from Whitby to Scarborough. Bike for hire at Trailways in Hawsker.
  • A days walking in Dalby Forest
  • Bring your camera; the photography opportunities are numerous.
  • Attend the Whitby Folk Week.
Robin Hoods Bay, A Walk To Ravensacar Is Highly recommended.
Robin Hoods Bay, A Walk To Ravensacar Is Highly recommended.
  • Visit the North York Moors
  • See an Exhibition at The Danby Moors Center.
  • Cycling in Dalby Forest
  • Attend on of The Whitby Angling Festivals.
  • Visit The Totally Locally Whitby Christmas Market.
  • Take in The Victorian weekend at Robin Hoods Bay.
  • Walk to Ruswarp along The Esk following the railway line.
  • A late evening walk along The East Pier.
  • See The Illuminated Abbey (Goth Weekend only)
  • Badger Spotting In Dalby Forest
  • Spend a day exploring The Esk Valley Villages. On my list would be : Glaisdale, Egton Bridge, Beck Hole, Lealholme,  Aislaby, Danby (Make sure to go to The Stonehouse Bakery) and Castleton.
  • Runswick Bay Kayak Fishing Festival
  • Climb The West Pier Lighthouse (If its open)
  • See the waterfall at Falling Foss
  • A pint in The Fisherman Club
  • A walk in The Hole Of Horecombe
  • A summers evening at Kettleness and enjoy the view of Runswick Bay.
  • An autumn stroll in Mulgrave woods. the colours are exceptional in a good year.
  • A day at The football – Whitby Town FC
  • Watch the crab and Lobster boats land their catch at the fish quay.

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