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8 Unusual Things to do in Whitby

Have you visited Whitby many times and are looking for something unusual to do on your next visit? Or maybe, like us, you are just a lover of all things unique, weird and wonderful! Here are 8 unusual things to do in Whitby.

We’re huge fans of all things unusual, weird and wonderful. Whitby is full of unusual things to do. We have put together a list of 8 unusual things to do in Whitby to give you some inspiration for your next trip.

1. Break out of Whitby’s escape room

Eskape Whitby

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You have just 60 minutes to break out of one of Eskape Whitby’s themed escape rooms. It’s time to work with your friends or family to solve clues and puzzles to help you break out. Each room is themed and has sweet nods to local history, myths, and legends. Eskape Whitby is only a short distance from Whitby Abbey, and you can choose from the two rooms, ‘The Night Watchman’ or ‘A Curious Case’. Both are available to book via their website up to 24 hours in advance.

2. Try your hand at fossil hunting

Whitby Fossils

Fossil hunting has to be one of our all-time favourite things in Whitby to take part in. It’s a great way to enjoy the coastline and is a very mindful activity. You can find a variety of fossils around Whitby and the surrounding coast. We often see small ammonites and belemnites, and you can discover Whitby jet too. To learn more about fossil hunting, read our guide to fossil hunting in Whitby and the surrounding area.

3. Visit a museum dedicated to Whitby jet

Museum of Whitby Jet

You can find an entire museum dedicated to Whitby jet and learn more about its history in Whitby. Over the years, W Hamond has put together an unrivalled and vast collection of antique Whitby jet, including antique jewellery, ornaments and the world’s largest piece of Whitby jet found to date. Enjoy an afternoon exploring the beautiful displays and pop into Alberts Eatery, the delicious on-site restaurant, for a delightful meal. Find more information here.

4. Enter if you dare, the Dracula Experience

The Dracula Experience in Whitby

The Dracula Experience is great fun and an excellent way to explore all things Dracula when visiting Whitby. It’s a walkthrough experience that tells the story of Dracula and its connections to Whitby. This tour has eight scenes in total. With live actors and special effects, try not to get too scared along the way! Find more information here.

5. Visit for Whitby Goth Weekend

Whitby Goth Weekend

Whitby Goth Weekend is a celebration of all things wonderfully gothic. Whitby Goth Weekend has become the world’s premier goth festival, attracting thousands to the town each spring and autumn. It’s a great time to visit Whitby and witness the town dressed to impress and buzzing with excitement.

6. Step back in time at Eden Camp

Eden Camp

Eden Camp is a museum that is totally dedicated to military history. The exhibits cover an extensive timeline of events from around 1914 onwards. It’s essential, however, to make sure you have a good few hours to walk around the whole camp. This is a wonderful learning experience for people of all ages. In addition, they hold several special event days throughout the year you can enjoy.

7. Discover dinosaurs at Whitby Museum 

Whitby Museum

Whitby Museum is located in Pannett Park and is full of fascinating collections. It might be small, but it is jam-packed with exciting artefacts and curiosities. Here you can see the Teleosaurus Chapmani skeleton of the fossil crocodile. Ensure you inspect the famous Hand of Glory, one of their most interesting exhibits.

8. Wander through Whitby on a Ghost Walk

Pannet Park The Red Hat Ghost Walk

If you enjoy a good scare and you’re interested in stories. You will love a Ghost walk around the town. Rose Rylands is a locally born storyteller who loves to share her intimate knowledge of the area. She tells stories of folklore, history, mysteries, and legends. She runs a variety of guided walks, including Guided Walking Tours of Whitby and Ghost walks in Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby. 

Or if you fancy a ghost walk with a more theatrical twist, Red Hat Ghost Walk is fun and lighthearted. You will learn tales of ghosts, witches, headless horsemen, severed hands and hobgoblins! Gill has taken years to write all of her stories in rhyme and performs them with ease and intrigue. The walk is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, it’s a great way to explore Whitby behind the scenes.

Hopefully, we have inspired you to try something a little more unusual on your next trip. What are your favourite unusual things to do in Whitby? Let us know if you have tried any of our suggestions in the comments.

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