20 Best Things To Do In Whitby Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Whitby

From vampires to whales, get ready to get your teeth stuck into all of the 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. Spooky! 

If you didn’t see him then The Dracula Experience will help to bring all the fang-tastic stories to life. With animated scenes, live actors and special effects along the tour, you’ll be totally immersed in 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 gentle giants 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, get some educational fun into your family day out in Whitby and visit Whitby Museum, or check out the oddities at the Museum of Victorian Science - it’s sure to inspire your inner scientist too.

Want to know what our favourite place for a walk in Whitby is? The Moors National Park Centre, no doubt about it! 

If you feel like you want to take your kids on a day trip from Whitby, then check out these 10 epic family attractions in Yorkshire - there’ some cool and unusual stuff to do there!

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A group of kids at go ape in the rain

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...

Outside view of Doodlepots Ceramic Cafe in Whitby

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...

View on huntfun Whitby trail

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...

Family on Treasure Hunt Trail

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...

Exhibition room at Whitby Museum

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...

Flowers at Pannett Park in Whitby

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...

Passengers on boat from Whitby Whale Watching Centre

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...

Outside view of The Dracula Experience in Whitby

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...

Model ship and painting at Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby

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...

Ship at Bark Endeavor in Whitby

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...

Outside view of Whitby Abbey

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...

Girl standing on a sandy beach

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...

Kids on paddle boards at Whitby Surf School

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...

Slide at Mini Monsterz in Whitby

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...

Girl standing on a sandy beach

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...

Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail

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...

Hill top view of Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire

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...

Outside view of Old Coastguard Station in Whitby

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...

Boats and houses at Runswick Bay in Whitby

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...

A toddler standing on a pebble beach

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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