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Arts & Heritage

Whitby has an abundance of heritage sites, prime amongst which is the superb Benedictine Whitby Abbey, now run by English Heritage. The Abbey has a recently refurbished visitor centre, with plenty to keep the keenest history buff busy.

 

The town still has a thriving Literary and Philosphical Society, founded in 1823, which runs the fascinating Whitby Museum and is home to many collections including one about the whaling industry, of which Whitby was a world leader in the 18th and 19th centuries. Nearby is the Pannett Art Gallery, with regularly changing exhibitions.

Elsewhere, the town is crammed with fascinating buildings, and shops selling jet jewellery and fossils – did you know that ammonites are, according to legend, snakes turned to stone by St Hilda of Whitby?

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Whale Bone Arch - Whitby

Whale Bone Arch

Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3HA (0 miles, 1 km)

Original Whale jaw bone arch was erected some time after 1853. A replica was presented to Whitby by Norway in 1963. The current replacement was donated by Alaska in April 2003.

The Geall Gallery

The Geall Gallery

Front Street, Grosmont, North Yorkshire, YO22 5QE (6 miles, 9 km)

Chris Geall is a landscape artist based in Grosmont near Whitby. Best known for large palette knife oil paintings of the North York Moors and North East Coastline.

Robin Hood's Bay and Fylingdales Museum

Fisherhead, Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ST (5 miles, 8 km)

Pannett Park Art Gallery

Whitby Pannett Art Gallery

Pannet Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1RE (0 miles, 0 km)

Art gallery within Whitby beautiful pannett park. Displays various exhibitions of local and international artists.

Runcible Spoon

Runcible Spoon

16 High Street, Hinderwell, Saltburn-by-The-Sea, Cleveland, TS13 5JH (8 miles, 12 km)

Inspired by Edward Lear's Owl and the Pussy Cat, we offer a warm and friendly atmosphere to enjoy art, ceramics and a selection of teas, good coffee, cakes and home cooked hot and cold food.

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT (0 miles, 0 km)

High on a cliff above the Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby are the gaunt, imposing remains of Whitby Abbey. Whitby Abbey was recently named Britain’s most romantic ruin.

Old Coastguard Station, Robin Hoods Bay

Old Coastguard Station

The Dock, Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4SJ (5 miles, 8 km)

Bran Stoker Dracula Experience

The Bram Stoker Dracula Experience

Marine Parade, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PR (0 miles, 0 km)

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

Whitby Brewery

Whitby Brewery

Abbey Farm, East Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JR (0 miles, 1 km)

When we started up our microbrewery back in 2013, we made it our mission to bring local, craft brewing back to Whitby.

Captain Cook Museum

Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby

Grape Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BA (0 miles, 0 km)

Celebrates the life of the great explorer Captain Cook, and the crews, the artists and scientists who sailed with him on his momentous voyages. Gold Award winner for best small visitor attraction,Visit England Awards for Excellence

Whitby Museum

Whitby Museum

Pannett Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1RE (0 miles, 0 km)

Whitby Museum is an independent Museum founded in 1823 and run by Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society.

Staithes Gallery

Staithes Gallery

High Street, Staithes, North Yorkshire, TS13 5BH (9 miles, 14 km)

Staithes Gallery displays an astonishing variety of quality contemporary art inspired by its location in a historic Yorkshire fishing village with strong artistic traditions.

Whitby Glass Ltd. Lucky Duck Shop, Whitby

Whitby Glass Ldt. - Lucky Duck Shop

9 Sandgate, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4DB (0 miles, 0 km)

Trattles and Geall Fine Art

Trattles and Geall Fine Art

127 Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4DE (0 miles, 0 km)

Trattles and Geall are based in a historic panelled ship-owners house in the heart of Whitby. At the foot of the Abbeys steps, the gallery has been in situ since the early 1700s.

Alum Works: National Trust Centre - Ravenscar

Ravenscar Coastal Centre - Alum Works

Peak Alum Works National Trust Centre, Ravenscar, North Yorkshire, YO13 0NE (8 miles, 12 km)

At first glance the stunning views on the Yorkshire Coast seem like a rugged natural landscape created by time and tide. In fact, human history is as significant as natural history in the shaping of this beautiful coastline.

Shepherds Hall Tea Rooms

Shepherds Hall

Lealholm, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2AQ (9 miles, 14 km)

Home - made soup, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, paninis and toasted sandwiches, home-made cakes and scones. Afternoon tea served on china cake stands.