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The Hidden Gems Of Whitby, Secret Places You Must Visit

If you have visited Whitby a few times and stuck to your favourite spots, we have discovered some hidden gems you absolutely need to visit!

When you’re visiting Whitby, it’s easy to stick to the tried-and-tested famous tourist spots. There’s no shame in this; who doesn’t want a photo on the 199 steps or to walk through the ruins of the Abbey? However, there are so many hidden gems in and around Whitby. We have listed some of our favourites for you to note down for your next trip.

Find something special at Saltwick Bay

Saltwick Bay is situated just down the road from Whitby Abbey. It’s a small beach that was once used as an alum quarry, back when mining was one of the biggest industries in Whitby. These days, it’s a place where families can spend the day collecting fossils or walking their dogs.

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Saltwick Bay girl exploring the rocks and fossil hunting.

Saltwick Bay is still relatively unknown, and it’s mostly frequented by local fossil hunters. You can usually find ammonite, reptile, and shell fossils on the beach, though some have been known to find Jet.

In 1824, the biggest fossil was found. The famous Teleosaurus Chapman fossil was found in the Alum Shale while it was being excavated. A carpenter noticed the fossil and dug it out himself, then sold it for £7 to preserve it. 

You can also see the shipwreck of Admiral Von Tromp at low tide.

It sits in the Whitby Museum and is the most intact fossilised Teleosaurus Chapman ever found, with only a few bones missing. You can also see the shipwreck of Admiral Von Tromp at low tide.

Saltwick Bay, Whitby, YO22 4JU

Visit the wonderful Natural Wonders shop

This one is a little different from the others on our list as it isn’t hidden within nature. In fact, Natural Wonders sits just next door to the Captain Cook Museum on Grape Lane. Owned by Paleontologist Byron Blessed, Natural Wonders is an interesting little fossil shop and gallery.

Some of the fossils were found and prepared by Byron himself. There are also gems and crystals in there, which can range from £1 to £1000.

An ammonite fossil bought from Natural Wonders in Whitby.

We tend to seek unique fossils and relics. Our best purchases are always a talking point when anyone comes to the house.

If you love fossils, take a look at our Whitby fossil soaps here.

20 Grape Lane, Whitby, YO22 4BA

Stumble upon Hayburn Wyke

Walking from the Hayburn Wyke Inn through the wooded valley, you will reach a private little sea inlet.

Hayburn Wyke Waterfall.

Hayburn is an Anglo-Saxon word for ‘hunting enclosure by a stream,’ and Wyke is the Norse word meaning ‘sea inlet or creek,’ suggesting that the little inlet was used as an enclosed hunting place many years ago.

Carry on your walk through the woods, and you’ll eventually stumble upon the most beautiful little cove with a waterfall as your backdrop. Not many people know about this because of how small and out of the way it is, but once you find it, you’ll never forget it.

Hayburn Wyke, Scarborough YO12 6LD

Search for Mulgrave Castle

Although Mulgrave Woods is a very well-known walk, the castle that is nestled inside it is still somewhat of a secret.

Mulgrave Castle.

The castle you will find is one of three; this one is the second built and was obtained during the Norman Conquest. It’s hidden well in Mulgrave Woods but is easily accessible by foot, and the paths are very clear; when you get to the castle, you will even find information posts that tell you all about the history of the Norman Castle, how it was built by, and how it was used.

Mulgrave Woods.

There is plenty of it left to walk around, and now and again, if the moles have been up, they push up old pieces of the castle that were buried long ago!

Mulgrave Castle, Lythe, Whitby, YO21 3RJ

Try kippers at Fortunes Smokehouse and Shop

Fortunes is one of the most traditional businesses in Whitby. Located on Henrietta Street, still smoking kippers just like all those years ago. The smell is simply divine—you’ll smell it before you see it!

Fortunes Kippers.

In their shop, you can buy kippers smoked the old-fashioned way. Their kippers are recommended in many Good Food Guides for their superior taste and flavour, and people travel from all over Britain and abroad to try them.

22 Henrietta St, Whitby, YO22 4DW

Spend an afternoon at Falling Foss Tea Garden 

The Falling Foss Tea Garden is the ideal place to rest for a few minutes and enjoy a cup of tea and a cake.

Falling Foss Waterfall.

As you sit outside, admire the wonderful view of Falling Foss waterfall and enjoy the sound of the flowing water. The children can explore the forest and let their imaginations run wild as they explore the outdoors.

It’s a rustic outdoor setting. Think picnic tables and wellies rather than fine china and linen tablecloths. Falling Foss Tea Garden is open seasonally from April until September.

Midge Hall, Whitby, YO22 5JD

Climb one of Whitby’s Lighthouses

For a small fee, you can climb up the steps of the famous Whitby West Pier Lighthouse and look out at the gorgeous view, try not to get too dizzy! You will see the town like never before. 

Mum and son at the top of Whitby Lighthouse.

You will be soaking up a piece of history important to Whitby. In Whitby, lighthouses have played a vital role in ensuring sailors made it to port safely, it was also bombarded with shells during World War Two. 

Whitby, YO21 3PY

Explore Goathland and the Malayan Spout Waterfall

Goathland isn’t quite the secret spot it used to be! It has become an increasingly popular tourist destination over the years. The area was famously used as the location for the television show Heartbeat. The train station in the area is also linked to the Harry Potter films. 

Goathland Station.

You can also park at the Mallyan Spout Hotel and walk down to the Mallyan Spout waterfall. It’s a beautiful forest setting with a breathtaking waterfall. 

Goathland, Whitby YO22 5NF

Rest and refuel at Sherlocks Coffee Shop

The pretty Victorian-themed Sherlocks Coffee Shop is one of the must-visit cafes in Whitby. It’s dog-friendly too. Their tempting menu features a seriously tempting range of cakes, so you will have to go back for multiple visits to try everything.

Sherlocks cafe.

Sherlock’s Coffee Shop is right next to the harbour, so it’s in an ideal spot if you want to continue exploring or take one of the many tours available.

10 Flowergate, Whitby, YO21 3BA

Visit the RNLI Museum

Whitby residents have been operating lifeboats to aid those distressed at sea since 1802. Now, you can explore the Whitby RNLI Lifeboat Museum and discover more about their remarkable efforts and life-saving operations. 

Lifeboat museum Whitby.

The museum, formerly an RNLI lifeboat station, is a Victorian double boathouse that commemorates Whitby’s renowned lifeboat history. It houses a collection of paintings, medals, photographs, and keepsakes from notable shipwrecks and rescues.

Lifeboat Museum RNLI.

Admission to the Whitby RNLI Lifeboat Museum is free. It is located at the end of Pier Road. Visitors can also park their cars in the town’s public parking area.

Please consider donating to the RNLI via the donation boxes at the museum.

Pier Rd, Whitby YO21 3PU

Feed the Squirrels at Pannett Park

Pannett Park in Whitby is a less crowded alternative to the busier spots in the town! Making it one of our favourite little gems. The well-maintained park offers pretty views and is a great place for families. 

Pannett Park boy feeding squirrels.

The park offers various activities, such as leisurely walks, squirrel feeding, visits to the Whitby Museum, and relaxing picnics. Additionally, a children’s play area is designed with Whitby’s maritime heritage in mind and is suitable for children of all ages. 

Pannett Park.

The park is carefully maintained to support the environment and protect thriving wildlife. Its diverse natural areas provide ideal habitats for foxes, badgers, squirrels, butterflies, bees, and birds.

Pannett Park, Whitby YO21 1RE

Have a hearty breakfast at the Singing Kettle Cafe

In Angel Yard, between Baxtergate and New Quay Road, The Singing Kettle is a popular café known for its freshly prepared home-cooked food.

Start your day at sea with a hearty breakfast at The Singing Kettle, a favourite spot in Whitby. The Singing Kettle also offers excellent deals on packed lunches when purchased alongside a full English breakfast for your day at the seaside.

You will feel like a local having your breakfast here!

Angel Yard, Off Baxtergate, Whitby YO21 1BL

Pick up a Lucky Duck at Whitby Glass

Whitby has so many shops selling beautiful bits and bobs, but have you ever come across Whitby’s Lucky Ducks by Whitby Glass? These charming glass ducks come in various birth month colours and sometimes even feature unique designs. 

Whitby Lucky Duck in green.

Whenever we visit Whitby, my son loves to stop by the Whitby Glass shop to peruse the Lucky Ducks and select a new glass keepsake for himself. What started with choosing his first Lucky Duck has become a tradition, and he has since amassed a collection of glass dinosaurs, sea creatures, and, of course, ducks! 

These small, hand-crafted glass ducks are available in beautiful, translucent colours and have been a cherished product of Whitby Glass for over 50 years. Representing the twelve birthstones, they make a thoughtful and unique gift for someone special.

9 Sandgate, Whitby YO22 4DB

Will you dare to walk down the screaming tunnel?

The mysterious tunnel has been the focus of local legends and ghost stories for as long as anyone can remember!

Screaming Tunnel West Cliff Whitby.

As you stroll along the West Cliff towards Khyber Pass, you’ll come across a small tunnel that frames Whitby Abbey in the distance. The tunnel can be accessed by walking up Khyber Pass from the Fisherman’s Wife restaurant. As you make your way, you’ll spot the tunnel on your left, about halfway up the road. 

Screaming Tunnel.

There are many accounts of people hearing screams whilst walking through the screaming tunnel, hence the name. Some people have also reported having encountered a dark figure at the end of the passage or felt a ghostly hand brush against them. You can read more Whitby ghost stories here.

One thing is for sure: You can get some fantastic photos of this tunnel! The end of the tunnel frames Whitby Harbour through what looks like a keyhole. 

Khyber Pass, Whitby

Enjoy pizza and beer with a view at Whitby Brewery

Whitby Brewery offers the perfect setting to enjoy beer, pizza, live music, and stunning views of Whitby Abbey, especially on a sunny day.

Pizza at Whitby Brewery.

The exceptional Brewery produces some of the most delicious Yorkshire ales and is in Whitby Abbey’s shadow. Their products can also be found in Whitby and North Yorkshire pubs, bars, restaurants, and shops. 

Whitby brewery.

The brewery’s atmosphere is relaxed, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They are happy to help you choose the perfect pint, and if beer isn’t your preference, they offer a variety of other bar drinks, including wine, cider, spirits, and soft drinks. Additionally, the Brewery is dog-friendly indoors and outdoors, making it a great place to visit with your pet. We highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area.

East Cliff, Whitby YO22 4JR

We hope you liked our hidden gems of Whitby. Please share your own hidden gems by commenting below. 

2 thoughts on “The Hidden Gems Of Whitby, Secret Places You Must Visit”

  1. Looking for unusual, interesting parts of Whitby to photograph. Very useful finding your page. Piqued my interest to go exploring…..Many thanks!


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