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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Whitby

From vampires to whales, get ready to get your teeth stuck into lots of cool things to do in Whitby!

This seaside town may look idyllic and sweet, however you might be surprised to discover Whitby Abbey is a famous ruin that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula! Enter the abbey if you dare and let the audio tour take you through the crevices as you look for evidence of the vampire in the shadows.

If you didn’t see him then The Dracula Experience will help to bring him to life. This entertaining tour uses animated scenes, live actors and special effects to tell the Dracula story.

Use what you’ve learnt to take on The Whitby Vampire Curse Treasure Trail. Solve the clues as you go along to lift the curse of the vampire and set Whitby free!

Once you’re done fighting vampires on, go and see some equally impressive monsters of the deep at the Whitby Whale Watching Centre. Back in the 18th century whales were hunted off this coast, however now they are protected and cherished so look out for whales, dolphin or porpoises swimming freely and safely in the water on this four-hour trip.

Back on dry land you can either head to Runswick Bay. This sheltered beach has won a Quality Coast Award and is a perfect spot for families to swim, relax and do a bit of fossil hunting, or if it isn’t quite beach weather then The Old Coastguard Station overlooks Robin Hood Bay and is a couple of miles closer to town. It’ll tell you all about the changing coast line and the wildlife that inhabits it. Stop for a drink served up with stunning sea views.

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Go Ape Dalby

  • Pickering
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Calling all apes! If you’re ready to brave the heights of the York Moors - challenging your strength, speed and nerve - Go Ape Dalby is the day out w...

Doodlepots Ceramic Cafe

  • Whitby
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

All you need to succeed at Doodlepots Ceramic Cafe is - well, to go! Everything else is already there including inspiration, materials, friendly tech...

Huntfun Whitby

  • Whitby
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Your kids love adventure stories? Turn your family walk into one - grab a map, follow clues and unravel the mystery of the huntfun treasure hunt in W...

The Whitby Vampire Curse Treasure Trail

  • Whitby
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

You'll need to work together as a family to make it through the Whitby Curse of the Vampire self-guided treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail. See Whit...

Whitby Museum

  • Whitby
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Whitby Museum has something for all ages with collections covering the Natural World, Social History, Textiles and Art, Whaling, and local history. T...

Pannett Park

  • Whitby
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Pannett Park has a fun and friendly family environment that everyone will enjoy. There is a peaceful lily pond to sit by in the shelter or surroundin...

Whitby Whale Watching Centre

  • Whitby
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

If watching whales on TV takes your breath away, just imagine how incredible it would be to see them close up with Whitby Whale Watching. These boat...

The Dracula Experience

  • Whitby
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Dracula Experience offers an entertaining tour through the Dracula story and it's connection to Whitby, using animated scenes, electronic special...



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Captain Cook Memorial Museum

  • Whitby
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Captain Cook Memorial Museum The Museum is housed in an historic 17th century building on the harbourside Walker's House where the young James Cook l...

Bark Endeavour

  • Whitby
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Enjoy fantastic views of the Jurassic COastline from on board the Bark Endeavour Whitby , an authentic replica of Captain James Cook's HMS Endeavour...

Whitby Abbey

  • Whitby
  • Outdoor
  • Landmarks

Immerse yourself in 13th century gothic splendour and see just why the haunting remains ofWhitby Abbey were inspiration for Bram Stoker's gothic tale...

Whitby Beach

  • Whitby
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a great sandy beach near Yorkshire? Well head down to Whitby, where you’ll find Tate Hill - plus this beach allows dogs all year round, s...

Whitby Surf School

  • Whitby
  • Outdoor
  • Water Sports

Ride the waves with Whitby Surf School! The school is located on the promenade of the award winning West Cliff Beach meaning you'll be treated to som...

Mini Monsterz

  • Whitby
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Mini Monsterz is ahuge indoor play area, and a fantastic party venue, with some of the biggest slides in North Yorkshire! The catch is you have to ca...

Sandsend Beach

  • Whitby
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

If you’re looking for a picturesque beach for your next day out, then Sandsend beach is definitely the one you’re after. The best thing about Sandsen...

Robin Hood's Bay Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Robin Hoods Bay
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Hook out your quiver and get the merry men together - the Robin Hood's Bay Treasure Hunt Trail is calling out for recruits! Second only to a natty pa...

Robin Hood's Bay

  • Robin Hoods Bay
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

At Robin Hood's Bay the beaches and cliffs are full of ammonites, belemnites, reptilian and dinosaur fossils and footprints from the Jurassic and Cre...

Old Coastguard Station

  • Whitby
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Old Coastguard Station offers hands on models and colourful displays to help you find out what makes this part of the North Yorkshire Coast so sp...

Runswick Bay

  • Whitby
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Runswick Bay Because it is sheltered by the lofty crag of Lingrow Knowle, the bay is a tranquil spot where you can moor a boat or simply pitch a deck...

Port Mulgrave Beach

  • Saltburn-by-the-Sea
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Do you love a good beach with history? Port Mulgrave in Yorkshire is surrounded in history, quite literally, as there’s loads of fossils around to fi...

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