Beside the seaside
Whitby’s sweeping, sandy Blue Flag beach is the perfect place for families to spend an afternoon. Little ones will enjoy rock pooling with a fishing net and bucket to store their newly found treasures, or catching crabs off the pier. Believe it or not, the crabs love bacon! So head down to the water, attach some bite-size lardons to a piece of string and wait for the pinch. On the beach itself, you’ll find donkey rides, picnic food stalls and even lifeguards watching the waves – perfect for a relaxed family outing.
Children will love taking a trip out into the spray on the old Lifeboat, before visiting the Lifeboat Museum which recalls the many heroic rescues since the lifeboat was first stationed in Whitby in 1826. The current Lifeboat station lies directly opposite the museum, on the east side of the harbour. A perfect outing for a rainy day.
Whaling history and heritage
Whitby’s most successful whaling year was 1814, when eight ships caught 172 whales, producing 1400 tons of oil with 42 tons of whale fins. Whitby’s whale bone arch is a unique memorial to the 18th century whaling boom that transformed the fortunes of the town – presented to the town in 1963, the huge jawbones are a superb sight. You can spot whaling memorabilia all over the town, from the pub signs to the carvings by the quayside, and Whitby is still the best place on the whole Yorkshire coastto spot whales – so grab your binoculars and prepare to be amazed!
Let children be inspired by the story of Captain James Cook, Yorkshire's most famous son. TheCaptain Cook Memorial Museum is where the great explorer came to serve his apprenticeship in 1746. Kids will be fascinated by the strange objects from newly discovered lands, and the story of this most adventurous chap - free explorer's guide for children also available.