Things To Do In Whitby In Winter

We love Whitby, it’s a beautiful place to visit all year round. However, we actually favour visiting during the Winter. We have put together a list of things to do in Whitby during Winter for our friends at The Whitby Guide, to inspire you to visit this Winter.

Though it gets busiest in the summer, like us a lot of people actually favour coming during the winter and a lot of the residents of Whitby would suggest visiting in the colder months too!

This could be due to it being quieter but there’s something about Whitby during the months of October to March, it’s peaceful and the true beauty comes out when it’s not bustling with people. For a moment you can stand still and take in the hauntingly beautiful atmosphere.

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To convince you that Whitby is still as entertaining in the colder months, we have compiled a list of things to do in Whitby in Winter, get ready to pack your bags!

Ghost Walks

You’re going to have to fetch your coat, hat, and scarf to wrap up warm for this one. Don’t worry it’s completely worth it.

Haunting Whitby Abbey
A very haunting Whitby Abbey. Image by Tim Hill from Pixabay

There are various ghost walks available in Whitby to scare yourself silly but the one we recommend the most is Rose Ryland's ghost walk.

Rose Rylands is a locally born storyteller. Rose shares intimate knowledge of the coast and surroundings, along with local folklore, history, mysteries & legends.

By private booking only, she runs a variety of guided walks, including Guided Walking Tours of Whitby and Ghost walks in Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby.

Ghost Tour
Ghost Tour time!

Don’t worry, the walk is family-friendly and pet-friendly and Rose is incredibly interesting with her knowledge on haunted Whitby, it is also a great way for tourists to be shown around the town.

She also provides storytelling evenings for visiting school groups, as well as public speaking for weddings and events. All walks and events can be found on her website.

Love ghost stories? Check out these ghost stories from around Whitby on Amazon.

Goth Weekend

Twice a year Whitby is flooded with goths that have come from far and wide to celebrate an old culture that is still popular to this day. There is one event in April, and another in October, which is usually over the Halloween weekend, the latter of the two is definitely the most popular.

The whole weekend is packed with different events; music, theatre, and people adorn themselves in beautiful Victorian goth, Traditional Goth, and Steampunk gear. It’s a wonderful sight. The whole of Whitby becomes an exciting place filled with people buzzing and the town is thrown back in time with this amazing event.

Whitby Goth Weekend
Whitby Goth Weekend Image by Nuno Lopes from Pixabay

Unfortunately due to the effects of the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic and current government restrictions including the ‘rule of 6’ Whitby Goth Weekend is sadly unable to go ahead this Halloween. We wanted to tell you about this amazing event anyway and encourage you to save next year's dates, 23rd-25th April 2021 and 29th-31st October 2021.


Wrap up warm when visiting Whitby in winter, it can get very cold!

Fossil Hunting

Get ready to wrap up warm again, but trust us when we say it’s worth it. Whitby has been well known for its fossil collecting and is even documented as having the most intact fossil of the Teleosaurus Chapmani (an early ancestor of the crocodile).

Teleosaurus Chapmani
Teleosaurus Chapmani.

The best beach to go to for fossil hunting is Saltwick Bay, which is just near Whitby Abbey, Saltwick Bay is so full of fossils that you don’t even need to painfully look through all the rocks for a hint of a fossil, they are easily found.

From dinosaur bones to dinosaur faeces, everything has been found on this beach and some days you will even catch a gentleman named John who will be happy to show you where you can find the best fossils and will explain what fossil you have found, something that kids absolutely love.

The beach is relatively quiet during the winter as it’s a bit of a hidden gem in Whitby, you’ll usually have the beach to yourself.

Image by Jennifer Orig. from Pixabay

You can now book guided fossil hunting trips with palaeontologist Byron Blessed. Click here for more information

Update Sept 16th 2020 – Unfortunately due to the recent rise in coronavirus cases and government rules about the number of people meeting. All Fossil trips are cancelled until further notice. But they will be back again from February 2021. Check back for there 2021 dates and in the meantime get out there and get exploring!

Come prepared! These fossil hunting kits will help when digging for fossils around Whitby.

North York Moors Railway

To escape the cold a little bit you can hop aboard the North York Moors Railway, there are several events run throughout the year including the very popular Pullman Dining Experience which lets you watch the beautiful scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors pass by as you sample some gorgeous food and wine. It’s a wonderful experience for adults, but if you have kids there are other daily opportunities for them to experience the famous National Park from the warmth and excitement of a train.

The Railway is currently still open to pre-booked ticket holders only. They ask that all passengers, including members, to pre-book their visit online in advance.

The Optimist: 17 August to 1 November 2020

Services daily from Pickering only.

Service 1: Pickering departure 09:20 and will depart Whitby 14:00. Allowing approx. 3 hours in Whitby.

Service 2: Pickering departure 12:00 and will depart Whitby at 16:30. Allowing approx. 2 hours 45 minutes in Whitby.

Rail Trail Service: September to 1 November

Travel on their new ‘Rail Trail’ service. Take a scenic journey behind a steam locomotive from Grosmont to Goathland (approx. 15-20min) and then explore the North York Moors and walk the scenic Rail Trail.

All tickets are return tickets, allowing passengers the option to disembark and walk the ‘Rail Trail’ or return to Grosmont. Those passengers travelling on the return service will have approximately 1hr wait for the service departure, having the option to walk into the village of Goathland. Facilities will be available at Grosmont only. Goathland Station facilities will remain closed.

Service 1: Departs Grosmont at 11:00 and returns from Goathland at 12:15, steam hauled.

Service 2: Departs Grosmont at 13:30 and returns from Goathland at 14:55, steam hauled.

Phone: +44 1751 472 508


Halloween Dress Up
Photo by Paige Cody on Unsplash

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) and Whitby Abbey have joined forces to offer a spooktacular day out this half term! Check the details out here if you fancy a Halloween visit!

Eden Camp

Eden camp is a few miles out of Whitby but is easily accessible for none drivers via train, and it is definitely worth the travel. It’s one of the biggest museums in the UK which are solely dedicated to military history, more specifically World War 2, it is even based on an old POW camp.

The museum is a fantastic day for all the family and somewhere that children love, even giving them the opportunity to learn whilst having fun. Don’t worry if you have a dog, dogs are allowed to also learn the history of World War 2 so long as they on a lead and kept under control at all times!

Eden Camp

Phone: +44 1653 697 777


A few changes have been made in line with the Covid 19 pandemic, please note: Face coverings are now mandatory in their inside spaces including exhibition huts! Please make sure you have yours when visiting. They strongly advise that you pre-book as they cannot guarantee entry. There's a full list of changed and guidelines here.

To view their ticket options, and for more info please visit their Ticket Page

Visit Robin Hood’s Bay

You can still enjoy a beach walk in the Winter sun. If you’re a dog lover your dog will thank you for it too. The beach is dog friendly so you are free to roam the entire stretch with your four-legged friend in tow. Then rest up in the Bay Hotel for a pint or a warm-up with a hot chocolate!

Robin Hood's Bay
Walk in the Winter Sun. Photo by @shayleholliephotography

Those who love history can stop by Robin Hoods Bay Museum. There are fishing, shipping, history and geology displays. You can also learn about the shipwrecks that used to be a common occurrence in Robin Hood’s Bay. Learn about the fishing and smuggling village whilst having fun.

Finally, you could just wander around beautiful Whitby, enjoy fish and chips and cosy up in front of a log fire in a local pub for the evening! The list is endless. Soaking up the atmosphere around the town in the colder months is one of our favourite things to do in Whitby in winter.

We're imagining we have inspired you and you’re already digging out your thermals and your biggest coat ready to take a trip this Winter. We certainly will be!

Wrap up warm when visiting Whitby in winter!

Whitby Street
Photo by Cajeo Zhang on Unsplash

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1 thought on “Things To Do In Whitby In Winter”

  1. This Winter I am going to enjoy all of these activities. Although, winters don’t allow much outdoor activities, but I’ll try to plan a trip.


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