The top 10 things to do in Whitby on a day out

The view from higher up
View from the 199 steps in Whitby -Credit:Ray Simpson

Whitby - always a popular destination for Teessiders searching for a day out.

The delights of the seaside town are many and there's lots to do and lots to see from the beach to the seaside amusements to the restaurants and quirky shops never mind the visitor attractions that draw people back year after year.

Wondering what to do when you get there? Here's what TripAdvisor reviewers reckon are the top 10 must do and see activities on a day out to Whitby.

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1. Whitby Abbey

The famous ruins of the Abbey take the top spot on TripAdvisor.

For nearly 700 years, the splendid 13th century Gothic abbey has towered high above the town of Whitby. Today you can take in wonderful views of the coastline and town while you explore the abbey’s extensive remains.

You do need to pay to get in to the English Heritage site. on the day tickets cost £15 for an adult and £9 for a child aged 5 - 17. There are also options for concessions and families. Plus, if you book online, you can save 15%.

Whitby Abbey inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula, an incredible historic structure overlooking the North Sea
Whitby Abbey, an incredible historic structure overlooking the North Sea which inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula -Credit:chris2766

2. Whitby Museum

Lots of collections and artefacts to explore inside the Pannett Park museum including the famous mummified Hand of Glory. Admission is £8 adults, children free.

TripAdvisor reviewers said it is 'well worth a visit because there is something for everyone.'

3. Falling Foss tea garden and waterfall

Just outside Whitby, there's a woodland walk and a picturesque waterfall at Falling Foss plus a tea garden to stop for a bite to eat.

4. 199 steps

The famous steps have been described as 'incredible', with the reward being 'a spectacular panoramic view over the town and bay, right across the horizon.'

5. Whitby Harbour

Whenever you visit, you will always find the harbour area busy with people strolling around, taking in the sights and the sounds, browsing the shops, looking for a pub to have a drink or a fish and chip restaurant for something to eat.

Whitby Harbour.
Whitby Harbour. -Credit:Teesside Live

6. St Mary's Church

Positive reviews give the church a thumbs up.

"Reached by climbing 199 steps and overlooking the harbour and town of Whitby. The church forms part of the setting in the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. You can find in the graveyard some tombstones that inspired some of the characters in the novel. The tombstone of the only pirate in Whitby. The inside is beautiful, you'll see many seashell decorations as well," said one.

7. Whitby beach

Whitby beach
Whitby beach -Credit:Peter Harbour

Always a favourite, especially with families. There is an area for dogs, plenty of room for kids to play and the views are lovely too.

8. Captain Cook Memorial Museum

The 17th century harbour house belonged to shipowner John Walker and was where James Cook came to serve his apprenticeship. Admission is £9 adult, children free.

9. RNLI Lifeboat Museum

Once an RNLI lifeboat station, this Victorian double boathouse celebrates Whitby’s award-winning lifeboat history with a treasure trove of paintings, medals, photographs and mementos from famous wrecks and rescues.

The museum is located at the end of Pier Road. Public car parking is available in town. Admission is free.

10. Whitby Lighthouse

Take a walk along the pier and take in the views. TripAdvisor reviewers rank this in 10th place and praised the 'spectacular view at sunset.'