Sailing, Sandsend & Sea Shanties

For a memorable day out, you can sail up the coastline to the small fishing village of Sandsend on a Whitby Coastal Cruise. With sea shanties and tales of Captain Cook’s voyages at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, it’s an invigorating coastal adventure. For a more laid-back view of Whitby’s naval history, explore the harbour, brimming with colourful vessels including trawlers, cobles and pleasure-craft. A weekend not to be missed is the ever popular Whitby Regatta taking place annually in August with an abundance of events including yacht and rowing races finished off with a spectacular fireworks finale.

Famous Explorers

Step into the life of world famous explorer Captain James Cook who called Whitby his home. Visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum on Grape Lane overlooking the picturesque harbour and see for yourself where James Cook stayed as an apprentice and trained as a seaman before he set sail on his maiden voyage across the globe.

Literary Connections

Discover the many literary connections in Whitby as the coastal town provided a stunning backdrop for a number of bestselling novels. Most famously; Bram Stoker’s chilling novel Dracula was partially based in Whitby and notably mentions the Church of St Mary’s and the 199 steps.

Famous for writing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the world famous Lewis Carroll drew inspiration from his numerous visits to Whitby. It’s said his walks along Whitby Beach inspired “The Walrus and the Carpenter”. Discover more about Lewis Carroll’s visits to the North East seaside destination and follow in his footsteps on the White Rabbit Trail created by the Whitby Civic Society.

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