Activities in Whitby

Thanks to Whitby’s location by the sea and not too far from the North York Moors National Park, there’s plenty to see and do. Whether you’re looking for a family day out or visiting as a couple, the town and surrounding area’s many activities will keep you entertained throughout your visit.

One popular pastime is to take to the sea on one of the many pleasure boat trips or – for those wanting to get more hands-on – a longer fishing trip. Even those who don’t quite have their sea legs yet can still enjoy pretending to be a fisherman by crabbing on the pier.

Whitby doesn’t always mean a seaside-orientated trip, though. Kids can burn off any excess energy at the playground in Pannett Park or by taking part in a woodland activity led by the North Yorkshire Forest School.

If you’re looking for something a little more grownup, one of Whitby’s many annual festivals could be right up your street. From the Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage to the ever-popular Goth Weekend, there’s something for all tastes and interests.

To learn more about the town’s gothic side, join a ghost walk that will take you past some of Whitby’s spookier locations. For a taste of the town’s history minus all the ghouls, you’ll be able to hop on and off the Whitby Tour Bus.

The majority of B&Bs, guesthouses, and tourist attractions feature a range of leaflets advertising various local activities. If you’re ever stuck for something to do, these are great sources of inspiration. Can’t find what you’re looking for? You could always visit the Tourist Information Centre on Langbourne Road, just along from the town’s main car parks.