The weather isn’t always kind on the North Yorkshire Coast. Don’t worry, we have researched 13 of the best things to do in Whitby when it’s raining.
Whitby is full of culture that is just waiting to be explored. Apart from being extremely beautiful, Whitby is packed with things to do, and when the views are ruined by the weather then it’s time to change your plans. In this article, we explore some of the best things to do in Whitby when it’s raining.
Visit Whitby Museum
Located at the top of Pannett Park is the Whitby Museum. It’s a small fee of £5 to enter, which helps the upkeep of the museum, though Whitby residents can enter the museum for free – though when I enter I like to make a small donation.
The history of Whitby is frozen in time in this museum; from the story of Whitby Jet to the Hand of Glory, it’s all in here. It’s a fascinating little gem that will appeal to any history fanatic or Whitby lover, they often have galleries that are only on for a certain time so it’s always a good idea to check their website before you go.
Phone: +44 1947 602 908
The Whitby Jet Heritage Centre
Ever wondered about the history of Whitby Jet? A wet and windy afternoon in town could be just the opportunity you need to visit the last remaining Victorian Jet workshop in existence.
The Whitby Jet Heritage Centre is home to an amazing discovery. During renovations, a builder ‘found’ a complete Victorian Jet workshop in the attic of the property on Burns Yard. Fully restored and preserved for all to see at 123B Church Street. Don’t miss this amazing piece of history!
Shop ’til you drop on Church Street
Shopping in Whitby isn’t the same as shopping in your high street shops, it has an array of shops you won’t find anywhere else in the country and although you will have to brave the weather as you go from shop to shop it’s completely worth it.
The shop owners and workers are always friendly and up for a chat, they also sell the most amazing things. There are a few Whitby Jet Shops for you to get your precious souvenirs, and also a fantastic fossil shop that sits right next to the Captain Cook Memorial Museum on Grape Lane.
Make sure to save your pennies when you make your way to Whitby because you will want to buy so many things from our unique shops.
Deep dive into Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum
Whitby has a long history of mining. The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum shares the stories of the people involved in the industrial powerhouse that launched an empire.
A perfect escape from the drizzle on a rainy day in Whitby.
“Very helpful staff on the day, even the pouring rain didn’t spoil the day!” – D.Marrit, UK
Explore St Mary’s Church
Even if you’re not the religious sort St Mary’s Church is a fantastic stop to add to your journey around Whitby. The church was founded in 1110, which means it’s full of rich history and some of the furniture and interior are original, including the pews.
If you can I’d suggest finding a volunteer to show you around, they’re all very lovely and have an amazing amount of knowledge on the church. There is a little shop inside the church too that sells little pamphlets of information that come in handy as you take your journey in Whitby.
Address: St Mary’s Church, Whitby, YO22 4DW
The Moors National Park Centre
We love to get out onto the moors as often as we can, regardless of the weather. However, if you find that a bracing walk across the blustery moorland is a little too much during your visit there’s always the Moors National Park Centre.
There are lots to see and do inside the centre so you’ll be protected from the worst of the showers. This is one of our favourite things to do in Whitby when it’s raining.
Phone: +441439 772700
Navigate the Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Whitby’s most famous son is the discoverer of Australia; James Cook. Although he didn’t come from Whitby he did make it his home, he learned his trade here and learned everything he needed to know about sailing (and discovering countries!).
The Captain Cook Memorial Museum is actually in the 17th century home where James Cook lodged as an apprentice, you can even go up to the attic where Captain Cook lived and stayed up all night learning the seaman trade. The museum also displays letters written by James Cook to John Walker (who taught Cook everything he knew).
Address: Grape Lane, Whitby, YO22 4BA
Phone: +44 1947 601 900
See a show at the Whitby Pavilion
Whether it’s a film at the cinema or a live show in the theatre, Whitby Pavilion has a plethora of rainproof entertainment.
From the world-famous Whitby Goth Weekend to the Whitby Gin Festival, there’s something for everyone at the town’s premier entertainment venue. If it’s raining in Whitby this is a top attraction to consider.
Feast on local delicacies
Feeling a bit peckish and wanting to get away from the rain? Whitby is full of restaurants that will give you a fantastic food experience.
From the Humble Pie and Mash Shop to Mister Chips (which was the chosen fish and chip shop to cater for James May, Jeremy Clarkson, and Richard Hammond when they filmed their Grand Tour in Whitby) there is plenty of choice of food for you to indulge yourself on, and also a handful of traditional sweet shops to pick yourself up a little treat.
Take a trip to the Whitby Lighthouses
For a small fee you can take yourself up the steps of the famous Whitby lighthouses and look out at a gorgeous view, not only that but you will be soaking up a piece of history that is so important to Whitby.
As a town that has thrived from the maritime business the lighthouses have played such an important role in making sure sailors made it to our ports safely, it was also bombarded with shells during World War Two. But be careful when you enter, the ghost of a lighthouse keeper is said to make an appearance every now and again!
Browse the exhibitions at Pannett Art Gallery
Pannett Art Gallery has been described as a “hidden gem” by many Whitby visitors. It was originally a gift from Alderman Pannett as a way to preserve his paintings, but it now boasts an array of local artists.
There are three parts to the gallery, all filled with the most beautiful paintings of our town and culture. It’s also free entry, a real steal when you see what the gallery has to offer, the gallery is attached to the Whitby Museum in Pannett Park.
Phone: +44 1947 600 933
Experience WW2 at Eden Camp
Another fine thing to do on a drizzly day is to visit the Prisoner Of War attraction, Eden Camp. Retelling the history of the Second World War from the perspective as experienced in a POW camp this is a fascinating family day out.
Included in this award-winning visitor attraction is the chance to experience life as it was during WW2. The sights smells and sounds were commonplace, from the trenches to the Home Front.
“An excellent day out for all ages. We are a 4 generation family aged from 89 to 5 and we all got something from the visit.” – Barbara – Eden Camp Visitor
Phone: +441653 697777
Soft Play at Mini Monsterz
Fun-filled hours of soft play are guaranteed at this extensive indoor playpen. Mini Monsterz offers parents the chance to escape the rain and entertain the kids in one sweet move. Highly recommended for helping youngsters burn off the fish and chips!
“Came here whilst we were on holiday on a rainy day, and what a treat it was! Great food and good fun.” – Nigel Dent, Spain
Phone: +441947 821106
Visit the Museum of Whitby Jet
Perfect to enjoy on a rainy day, visit the Museum of Whitby Jet. It’s fun for the whole family and presents the history of the industry alongside famous artefacts in a stylish and beautiful display.
The Museum of Whitby Jet opened its doors in the summer of 2019. The comprehensive display has been curated by Whitby Jet expert, Rebecca Tucker, and is host to some of the finest examples in the world, including the world’s largest piece of Whitby Jet ever found. This fantastic collection chronicles the history of Jet in the town and shares the story of the rise in popularity thanks to Queen Victoria. It is free to visit. Not to be missed!
Phone: +441947 666046
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