Whitby Tourist Traps

  • Grope Street, where the Cook Museum is
    Grope Street, where the Cook Museum is
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  • A moth by the Abbey pond
    A moth by the Abbey pond
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  • Whitby Abbey
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    The Lifeboat museums

    by kitkat1980 Written Sep 4, 2006

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    Whitby and Staithes (and posssibly runswick bay) have lifeboat museums and shops. These are worht a small visit and popping in to see the lifeboats but dont be fooled into thinking that you can spend alot of time here. They are only small and there isnt much to see in them.

    Unique Suggestions: It is worth a visit or a drop in but dont expect it to be a large

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    Parking

    by kitkat1980 Written Aug 29, 2006

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    The car parks in whitby can be very expensive - there is more parking (from my knowledge) on the west cliff of whitby - the one of the other side to the abbey and the walk still has steps down into the town - via the whale bones but there are alot less steps than from the abbey.
    However.... to avoid having a problem with the expensive parking its worth knowing that parking on the roads is free.

    Fun Alternatives: Parking on the roads in the West Cliff in whitby is free and many dont realise this, there are spots which are marked from disabled people or coaches. Its all parallel parking in marked areas along the roadside if your lucky to get a space its well worth doing. Be careful to read any signs in the area where you park but most of the area is free parking and unlimited time, if there are plenty of cars nearby this is a good sign.

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    Out on the water

    by Bristol-Lass Updated Aug 8, 2006
    Replica of Capt James Cooks ship HMS Endeavor
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    There are several types of boat trip something for everyone, I saw a speedboat, a fishing boat, Replica of Capt James Cooks ship HMS Endeavor (you can get money off if you go on the yellow bus), Whitby's old lifeboat Mary Ann Hepworth, as well as leasure craft like the Esk Belle.

    I went on the Whitby's old lifeboat Mary Ann Hepworth, sadly the day was clowdy but it was still worth it. there is no shelter though if the weather turns nasty.

    I also went out one evening on the Esk Belle for a sunset trip which it will depend on catching the weather right but it was beautiful. There is inside accomodation if it starts to rain, a loo, and a bar.

    Unique Suggestions: The sunset trip was beautiful

    If you have kids then the Replica of Capt James Cooks ship HMS Endeavor is the one to choose, it is certainly more child orintated and you learn a few sea chanteys as well.

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    Steam Trains

    by Bristol-Lass Written Aug 8, 2006
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    The Esk Valley Railway rind from Whitby to Middlesbrough only 4 trains a day and at certain times of the year there are a couple of Steam trains running from Whitby to Grosmont and Glaisdale. The day I chose to go there should have been steam trains running but there was a shortage of drivers. I still went on to Grosmont to watch some steam trains, I did not have time to go on to Pickering but I watched 3 engines arive and leave including a beautiful blie one called "Sir Nigel Gresley".

    There is a small cafe with seating in side and out, prices are not that cheap and the food is the usual you get in places like this nothing special, but take your drinks outside if the weather is ok and as well as watching the trains you can watch a few cheaky birds picking up crumbs and when I was there butterflies flitting between the beautifly flowers that are planted in baskets along the fence.

    Unique Suggestions: Visit the steam Museum

    Sit have a drink in the cafe garden and watch the birds

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    East Cliff

    by Bristol-Lass Written Aug 8, 2006

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    Garden outside Royal Crescent
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    If you take the road up the Khyber Pass from the lifeboat house, you head up to west cliff. It is from Westcliff Bram Stoker recieved his inspiration for the discriptions of Whitby in Dracular. From here you can see the cliffs near where the Russian schooner "Demeter" comes ashore, and the Abbey and St. Mary's churchyard where Dracula attacks Lucy.

    Opposite the Royal hotel on East Terrace is the whale bone arch and the Bronze statue of Captain Cook, with amazing views over the harbour to the Abbey and St Marys Church. If you turn along North Terrace you have lovely view of the coast on your right and further up on the left is Royal Crescent where there is a lovely garden.

    Best of all this is all free

    Fun Alternatives: If you have kids there is the out door pool on North Terrace

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    Whitby Museum, Pannett Park

    by Bristol-Lass Written Aug 8, 2006
    The Pannett Park

    This is an old fashioned museum with a bit of everything from Flints and finds from Whitby Abbey, Fossils, a pressed flower and stuffed animal collections, Captain Cook and Captain Scoresbys Collections, historical costumes, paintings ceramics and glass including items from forign parts, clocks and watches, jet jewellry and coins, toys and dolls, ships in bottles and lightbulbs and much more.

    To get there from the Bus station or train station hear away from the sea along Bagdale then turn right up Chubb Hill and it's up the top on the right. If you don't fancy the walk hop on the tourist bus and ask for them to drop you off it's on the route.

    Open throughout the year except for Christmas and New Year Holidays
    Mondays Closed all day except Bank Holiday & Half-Term Holidays when open 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
    Tuesday - Sunday 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
    Last admission at 4.00 pm

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    Cook Museum Whitby

    by Bristol-Lass Written Aug 8, 2006

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    The Cook museum is in the house where James Cook lodged when he was an apprentice seaman. It is full of details about his voiges and life but for me was some how empty.

    Opening Times 2006
    February 18-19 and 25/26 11.00-15.00
    March 11.00-15.00
    April to end October 09.45-17.00
    Last admission - 30 minutes before closing

    Admission
    Adult £3.50 Child £2.50 Family Ticket £9.50
    Senior Citizen £3.00
    School Group £2.00 per child (pre-booked)
    Discount with both tour bus tickets and with token from Abbey

    To pre-book party
    Tel: 01947 601 900

    Unique Suggestions: Have a look out of the windows at the lovely views and the small garden outside.

    Fun Alternatives: Museum and Pannett Park Art Gallery Pannett Park I went a few years back and I found it far more interesting.

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    Whitby Abbey

    by Bristol-Lass Written Aug 8, 2006

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    There is one road up to the Abbey from Whitby, the car park is easy to find, alternatively you can get one of the tourist bus's up there or best of all if you are fit climb the 199 Abbey Steps the views are fantastic and worth the effort.

    As part of the ticket you get an audio tour, there are numbered points with information and you press the corrosponding button on the keypad and it gives you basic information and then you choose the extra things that interest. It includes the story of an abbotess and a monk.

    Unique Suggestions: Stand and look at the the wildlife, the grounds very sensatively kept so they are full of birds and insects.

    Take a walk outside the Abbey, look at the market cross, the view, visit the St Marys Church and grave yard, look for the pirate graves.

    If you have the energy the costal walk has an access point close by too

    Fun Alternatives: Walk up the steps look at St Marys Church and grave yard and outside you can see quit alot of the abby form over the wall especially on one of the tourist bus's

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    St Marys Church, Whitby

    by Bristol-Lass Written Aug 8, 2006

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    Whitby Abbey and St Marys Church
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    This is the church up on the hill next to the Abbey, and can be seen on the skyline from the other side of Whitby. It's free to get in although they do request a donation to help with the upkeep of the church and if you do and are a UK taxpayer please use one of the envelopes so they can reclaime the tax you payed on the donation. You can get their either up the 199 Abbey steps or if you take a trip on one of the tourist buses. The church was built at many times Has a norman tower, an 18th century interior which was the work of the ocal shipwrights and now forms the shape of a cross. Some of the box pews are still owned and used by local families.

    What ever you do do not ask about dracularthey get really upset and you will get a lecture on fictional charactors

    Unique Suggestions: Even if you are not interested in churches if you visit the abbey it's worth looking round

    Try looking in the graveyard for the pirates graves there are a few

    Look at the view over whitby and the coast ftom the grave yard

    Buy a box from the church enterance the contents is a supprise and was recomended by the Guide on the Bus.

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    Whitby Town Tours

    by cheekymarieh Updated Mar 5, 2006

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    The Big Yellow Bus

    The open top tour gives you a birds eye view of Whitby as well and a history of the town. For this privelege it will cost adults £4 and children £3. The trip does take you around the areas of town accessible by bus but you will miss out on Grape Lane, Church Street and Sandgate.

    Unique Suggestions: Take you camera and sit on the top. Also make sure you have a waterproof in case it rains.

    Fun Alternatives: Whitby isn't a very big town and any reasonably fit person will be able to manage to walk around the town and see all of the sights. That way you can spend your hard earned cash on refreshments or souvenirs of your day. You will also see more of the town and won't miss out on the climb up the 199 steps to the Abbey.

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    Fortune Teller

    by suvanki Written Jun 19, 2005

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    Fortune Teller, Whitby

    Ok, I didn't venture into this kiosk to have my fortune read- I know some believe, but afraid I'm very cynical.
    I have visited fortune tellers twice before, after being egged on by friends- and yes, It was predicted that I would travel!- how else would I get to work?, Hmm perhaps that bit did come true though! I would meet someone older than me, taller than me, and in a better position than me- ( at the time I was 18, 1.57 m high (still am) and I was a student Nurse- Hmm what are the odds of THAT happening?)
    I have to admit these readings weren't at this particular venue, and Lee Ester Alita Lee-(blimey!) might have 'The Gift'
    but- don't be swayed by the celebrity endorsements displayed on the outer walls- they're 'celebs' from the 70's/ 80's anyway!

    If it's raining , it might provide shelter for 30 mins or so - for a price!

    Unique Suggestions: Ok, take it as a bit of seaside fun! a giggle with your friends.

    If you're worried about something, don't call here expecting to get the answer-

    Fun Alternatives: Enjoy Whitbys other attractions, save your money for something more enjoyable!

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  • The Magpie Cafe

    by sabsi Updated Jun 3, 2003

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    Queue for fish & chips?

    OK we all know that the English like to queue. But I don't quite understand the phenomenom here. The Magpie Cafe obviously has great Fish & Chips. But would you queue for an hour to have Fish & Chips when there is a hundred chippers in town? They can't be that special!

    Unique Suggestions: Eat two portions ;-)

    Fun Alternatives: There's lots of chippers in Whitby and I am sure they are not much worse.... and quicker!

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  • Fortune Teller

    by sabsi Updated Jun 3, 2003

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    Fortune Teller

    Apparently a seaside town in England has to have all the tourist traps you can imagine - including a fortune teller.

    Unique Suggestions: As what the future will bring ... and laugh about it!

    Fun Alternatives: Instead of visiting the fortune teller you could also queue for fish and chips at the Magpie Cafe. I can tell you the near future already: You will have to wait for hours ;-)

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  • Would you eat here?

    by sabsi Updated Jun 3, 2003

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    Good Luck

    If "good luck" is necessary to eat in this Chinese restaurant near the bridge I'd give it a miss I think ;-)

    Unique Suggestions: Keep your fingers crossed!

    Fun Alternatives: The chipper that serves fried Mars bars instead of fortune cookies is just across the street ;-)

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    Sunset on the pier

    by Bristol-Lass Updated Aug 8, 2006

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    Because Whitby faces north you get sunsets and sunrises over the sea. Certainly something to try and see while you are here.

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