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Things to do in Whitby (When it's Cold and Wet!)


You've come to Whitby in the autumn or winter and it's cold and wet. Or perhaps you've come in the spring or summer and it's still cold and wet!

We all love getting out and about in the countryside, or down to the beach - but what about finding something to do when it really is miserable?

We've put together a list of suggestions of things to do which will get you out of the rain, keep you warm and ensure you're trip is a wonderful success regardless of the weather!

Whitby Abbey

Captain Cook Museum

Everyone knows Whitby was home to Captain Cook and some of his ships, but have you every been to the Captain Cook Museum on Grape Lane? It's well worth a visit - full of excellent exhibits, and based in a house in which the Captain himself once lived. Visit the website for more details www.cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk.

North York Moors Visitor Centre

Based in Danby, another of the Esk Valley's wonderful villages, The North York Moors Visitor Centre makes a great base to enjoy the moors, if the weather's OK, or just a drink in the cafe and an explore of the Centre if not. For information visit the website, they run special events, craft clubs and other things throughout the year: http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/see-and-do/the-moors-national-park-centre

Whitby Museum

Perhaps you've found yourself stuck in a downpoor whilst enjoying Whitby's Pannett Park. Well, fear not, just pay the art gallery and museum a visit. There are all kinds of exhibits to appeal to all ages and interests: www.whitbymuseum.org.uk.

North York Moors Steam Railway

Fancy getting out of town? Well why not enjoy a trip on the steam railway. You can travel from Whitby to Pickering, or anywhere in between, enjoying the moorland scenery as you hurtle through the countryside in steamy style: www.nymr.co.uk

The Steam Engines don't run all year round - though there are special events during the winter. However, the diesel trains on the route up to Middlesbrough do run year-round (unless there's snow, or leaves!) and it's just as picturesque a journey, if you fancy it.

North York Moors Railway

Whitby Pavillion Cinema

It may be small, but it's perfectly formed, and does actually show up to date films. It's based in the old Spa Theatre, so you're guaranteed a comfortable seat, there's a licensed bar too. For listings see: www.whitbypavilion.co.uk/search/events/138/30/0/date

RNLI Lifeboat Museum

Just down the Khyber Pass from the Pavilion you'll find Whitby's Lifeboat Museum, another wet weather favourite. Well worth a visit to discover some of the history of lifeboats in the town: rnli.org/aboutus/historyandheritage/museums/Pages/Whitby-Museum.aspx

Museum of Victorian Science

If you don't have young children (as there's a 16+ age limit), the Museum of Victorian Science in Glaisdale makes for a very interesting trip. Visits are by appointment only and last about 2 hours, see the website for booking information and more details about what you'll see: www.museumofvictorianscience.co.uk

The Abbey and St Mary's Church

And of course, there's always a trip up to the Abbey, and into St Mary's Church. The Abbey's visitor centre will keep you out of the rain and wind, but the ruins are well worth a walk around whatever the weather!