Families love Whitby – for a tiny town, it packs in lots of activities for all the family to enjoy. Its beaches are a ready source of fun, where kids can spend their time paddling, looking for fossils, and exploring rock pools. Built on Yorkshire’s Jurassic coast, the town still has hundreds of ammonite fossils and dinosaur footprints scattered along its pebble beaches. You'll also find plenty of dinosaur artefacts and ancient jet gemstones to choose from in the gift and souvenir shops. 

    If the kids have had their fill of fossil finding and building sand castles – many local arts and crafts shops also offer interactive activities. The whole family will be enchanted by the brass-band concerts on the stone bandstand at the end of the quayside, and by the many street performers throughout town. The town’s Dracula connection also offers spooky thrills. Follow us through a selection of fun places in Whitby to take your kids.


    Teare Woods Luxury Ice Cream Parlour

    Enjoy sweet delights by the harbourfront

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    For a refreshing interlude, you can stop at Teare Woods for exotic flavours of luxury handmade ice cream. As you head to the beach along the quayside, it’s worth pausing for one of their Jersey ice creams. Only a 6-minute walk from the beach, the renowned parlour offers unusual flavours like lime and ginger cheesecake.

    Location: 14 St Ann's Staith, Whitby YO21 3PW, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)7875 378389


    Whitby Abbey

    Ruins that inspired a horror classic

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    Whitby’s Benedictine Abbey and the Church of St. Mary were the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The haunting outline of the abbey’s ruins remains a major draw for visitors of all ages. From spine-chilling ghost walks to Gothic-themed souvenirs and sweets, the ghoulish side of the town never fails to pique kids’ interest. 

    Both young and old can try keeping count of the 199 steps that ascend to the clifftop abbey. Looking down over the town from this prominent position on East Cliff, kids will feel on top of the world as they explore the atmospheric ruins of Whitby Abbey.

    Location: Abbey Lane, Whitby, YO22 4JT, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)370 333 1181


    Dracula Experience

    Send some chills down your spine

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    The Dracula Experience takes you through scenes of Bram Stoker’s famous story, featuring dark chambers filled with spooky effects and live actors. The ghost house experience takes you through the classic horror novel's connection to the town and can be a fun detour for al ages from the actual historical ruins and sightseeing.

    Location: 5 Marine Parade, Whitby YO21 3PR, UK

    Open: Daily from 9.45 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1947 601923


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    Whitby Museum

    Admire treasures from the Jurassic era

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    To learn about the town's Jurassic past, pay a visit to the fossil collection at Whitby Museum. Set in leafy Pannett Park, Whitby Museum features an exceptional collection of Jurassic fossils among its many exhibits. 

    Kids will be fascinated by the remains of ancient sea creatures mounted on the walls and the collection of dinosaur footprints.

    Location: Pannett Park, Whitby YO21 1RE, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1947 602908


    Fishing and crabbing

    Have fun times on Whitby's shore

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    Whitby's beaches provide a perfect playground for little ones. After getting stuck in with their buckets and spades, they can enjoy a paddle in the sea or clamber onto a donkey for one of the regular rides along the beach. Brimming with little sea creatures and patterned stones, the many rock pools are a treasure trove for curious minds. 

    All you need is a net and you can get to work searching for the bright starfish, snapping crabs, and dormant mussels that inhabit the rock pools. The lower deck of the west pier is a prime fishing spot; younger or less experienced kids can go crabbing at “kiddies’ corner” by the swing bridge.

    Location: Whitby YO21 3PZ, UK


    Whitby Pavilion

    A place to watch movies or theatre performances

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    This Victorian entertainment complex often hosts child-friendly shows and the latest animated feature films. While the little ones are busy being entertained, parents can relax at the café with generous portions of cake.

    Location: West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3EN, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1947 458899



    Paint your own ceramic items

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    Children can let their imaginations run wild at Doodlepots pottery painting workshops. Sometimes they’re even allowed backstage to watch their works get fired and glazed.

    Location: 5B Skinner St, Whitby YO21 3AH, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1947 825824


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