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Top 5 Things to See & Do in Whitby

Whitby is famous for many things: it's a traditional seaside resort with Blue Flag beaches, and has some of the best fish and chips around. But there's so much more to it...

Born in Marton, as a young man explorer Captain James Cook lodged in a house on Whitby's Grape Lane during his seaman's apprenticeship. That very same house is now a fascinating museum dedicated to him, packed with stunning artifacts.

Kippered

Near the foot of the 199 steps leading to Whitby Abbey, you'll find a true Whitby institution. Fortune's Smokehouse, established in 1872. You'll struggle to find more delicious kippers anywhere, not to mention that they're award-winning! Kippers Whitby

It's Quicker By Rail...

A train journey over the magnificent North York Moors is an experience to remember - hop aboard the Esk Valley line, or the steam-powered North Yorkshire Moors Railway at Whitby Station.
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Explore Winding Street and the famous hidden yards guided by one of Whitby Walks costumed 'Storywalkers'. Most of the walk start/finish from the famous Whalebone Arch.
Whalebone Arch Whitby
 

Jet Set

Whitby jet - the 'black amber of the north' - has always been considered the best in the world. Take a walk up Church Street to browse the many jet shops, including W. Hammond and the Whitby Jet Heritage Centre, which has the last remaining authentic Victorian jet workshop.

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Plan Your Visit to Whitby

 
Whitby Pavilion

Whitby Pavilion

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

What's On In Whitby

What's On In Whitby

Events from
date event
Sat 1 Apr - Sun 5 Nov Kamchatka to Krakatoa: the Cook Voyages in Asia at Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby, Whitby
Wed 18 Oct LIFEBOAT ‘FISH SUPPER’ CHARITY DINNER at The Star Inn The Habour, Whitby
Tue 18 Jul - Tue 5 Dec Tea Dances with Ray Kirk at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Fri 20 - Sun 22 Oct Musicport 2017 at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct Spooky Half Term at Whitby Abbey, Whitby
Sun 22 - Mon 30 Oct Spooky Abbey at Whitby Abbey, Whitby
Wed 25 - Tue 31 Oct Illuminated Abbey at Whitby Abbey, Whitby

Discover Events in Whitby

Captain Cook Museum

Kamchatka to Krakatoa: the Cook Voyages in Asia

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Sat 1 Apr - Sun 5 Nov 2017

It is not often realised that Captain Cook's ships sailed the length of the Asian coast from the icy coasts and smoking volcanoes of Kamchatka in Eastern Siberia, to the sleeping giant of Krakatoa in modern Indonesia.

Musicport

Musicport 2017

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Fri 20 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

Musicport

Spooky Half Term

Spooky Half Term

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Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Join us for spooky storytelling and a creepy trail this October half term.

Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

Spooky Abbey

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Sun 22 - Mon 30 Oct 2017

Join us to mark Halloween at the atmospheric abbey that inspired Bram Stoker's gothic story, Dracula. Meet our Victorian storyteller for scary tales and explore the ruins with our spooky trail.

Illuminated Abbey

Illuminated Abbey

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Wed 25 - Tue 31 Oct 2017

Cast light on a dark history! See Bram Stoker's inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations.

Whitby Goth Weekend, Whitby Pavilion

Whitby Goth Weekend 2017

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Fri 27 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

WGW™ has something for everyone with an interest in all things alternative. Join the thousands of Goths and alternatives of all ages and walks of life for an amazing long weekend.

Wishbone Ash

Wishbone Ash

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Sat 4 Nov 2017

Few bands have survived as long or achieved as much as the legendary Wishbone Ash.

John Cooper Clarke

Dr. John Cooper Clarke with Special Guests

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Sun 12 Nov 2017

John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’.

Whitby Christmas Festival

Whitby Christmas Festival

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Fri 17 - Sun 19 Nov 2017

A weekend with lots of events and stalls. Fireworks, Music, Christmas market, and much more. For more up to date information, follow @FestXmas on Twitter.

Angelos & Barry

Angelos & Barry

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Sat 18 Nov 2017

Are you lost? Is your soul knackered? Are you disillusioned with the current state of things? If you answered yes to one of these then why not come along to see Angelos and Barry in The New Power Generation?

Whitby Sci-Fi and Comic Con

Whitby Sci-Fi and Comic Con

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Sat 18 Nov 2017

A great event for all ages with something for everyone.

Said The Maiden

Said The Maiden

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Sun 19 Nov 2017

Award winning folk trio 'Said The Maiden' are to perform live at Whitby Pavilion on Sunday 19 November 2017.

Dippy

Dippy Christmas Craft Fair

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Sat 25 - Sun 26 Nov 2017

A Christmas Craft & Gift Fair by the sea! Dippy Designs are hosting a fabulous festive Craft & Gift Fair in the Northern Lights Suite at Whitby Pavilion on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 2017

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty: Vienna Festival Ballet

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Fri 1 Dec 2017

A classic fairytale set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning choreography, beautiful costumes all combine to portray the struggle between good and evil.

Winterfest

Winterfest

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Fri 1 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Winterfest is a free to enter Christmas themed event held at Whitby Pavilion over the first weekend in December. There will be stalls inside and outside the Pavilion with local traders, community groups and entertainment.

Whitby Krampus Run 2017

Whitby Krampus Run 2017

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Sat 2 Dec 2017

Whitby Krampus Run organised by Decadent Drawing community arts as a fundraiser for Whitby Wildlife Sanctury.

Robin Hood's Bay Victorian Weekend

Robin Hood's Bay Victorian Weekend 2017

Whitby (5 miles, 8 km)

Fri 8 - Sun 10 Dec 2017

Typically held the first weekend in December, the Robin Hoods Bay Victorian Weekend is a wonderful magical event involving traditional Victorian costumes, Christmas window dressings and general festive merriment throughout the villiage.

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

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Sun 10 Dec 2017

The Three Musketeers Written & Directed by Ivan Wilkinson Adapted from the Alexandre Dumas Novel Produced by Claire Bibby

Christmas Tea Dance with Ray Kirk

Christmas Tea Dance with Ray Kirk

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Tue 12 Dec 2017

Round off our programme of dance in 2017 in style!

Folk Horror Revival

Folk Horror Revival Whitby 2017 - Winter Ghosts

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Sat 16 Dec 2017

Where better to spend an engaging winter’s evening in the company of the Folk Horror Revival group, than in the beautiful coastal town of Whitby.

Masquerade Ball

Masquerade Ball 2017

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Sat 16 Dec 2017

Celebrate the festive season in style with a night to remember at our Masquerade Ball.

Masquerade Ball

Masquerade Ball 2017

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Fri 22 Dec 2017

Celebrate the festive season in style with a night to remember at our Masquerade Ball.

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

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Fri 9 Feb 2018

Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years.

Half Term Fun

Half Term Fun

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Sat 10 - Sun 18 Feb 2018

Join us for family fun this half term with interactive activities for all ages.