Attractions and community resources in Whitby

As well as a whole host of organised events in Whitby (see our What’s On page), the town can also boast some fantastic all year round attractionsthat both visitors and locals can enjoy.:


Captain Cook Memorial Museum

The Museum is in the 17th century house where Cook lodged as an apprentice when not at sea, and has a collection of original paintings and drawings, letters in Cook’s own hand, ship models, maps and fascinating objects gathered on the voyages. 

Open daily 30 March to 3 November 2024. For more information, please visit


Whitby Museum & Pannett Art Gallery, Pannett Park

Exhibitions include ‘Our Lasses: Inspirational Women of Whitby’, a look at some of the famous, infamous and unjustly overlooked women of Whitby; ‘Adventures in Time: the Development of Steampunk’ featuring steampunk outfits alongside original Victorian clothing from our collection; ‘A Whitby Stoker’s War’, a special exhibition for the 80th anniversary of D-Day which details the life of local lad Malcom Howard, recipient of France’s highest order of merit – the Legion d’Honneur for his role in D-Day; and ‘Frank Meadow Sutcliffe’ mini exhibition and slideshow in the Normanby Room.

The museum is open from 10am until 4:30pm Tuesday to Sunday with last admission 4pm.  Entry fee is £8 for an annual pass for adults, children up to 18 are free and residents of Whitby Parish are free upon proof of address. For further information please visit

The museum tearoom is open from 10am until 3:30pm serving cakes, drinks and light bites.

Pannett Art Gallery at the front of the Museum has an eclectic mix of 19th and 20th Century paintings on permanent display. 


Whitby Art Society

Whitby Art Society’s Annual exhibition opens at the Pannett Gallery, Pannett Park, Whitby on Tuesday May 28 and runs until Sunday July 7.  Tuesday – Sunday 10.30am- 4.30pm.  Entry free. The Society meets on the second Wednesday of every month (except December) at The Coliseum Centre, Victoria Place, Whitby YO21 1EZ from 7.00pm – 9.00pm. Please see for news and membership details


Whitby Coliseum

Victoria Place, Whitby. YO21 1EZ. Tel: 01947 825000. Cinema, theatre, events. Internet Café. Community Offices, theatre and meeting rooms available for hire. Network Shop for affordable, nearly new furniture and household items (in Station Square). Walled Garden Community Volunteer Project. For more information, check out the Coliseum’s Facebook page or website: or email


Whitby Pavilion/Pavilion Theatre

West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3EN. Cinema, theatre, shows, events. Café.  For information of shows, events and cinema screenings, and for tickets visit Whitby Pavilion in person, call 01947 824770 or check out their website (booking fees apply).


Whitby Library

Windsor Terrace, Whitby. YO21 1EY. Tel: 01609 534350. More than just books – check out the library’s Facebook page and website for other services provided and activities.

Opening times: Mon 9.30am – 5pm; Tues – 9.30am – 7pm; Wed – closed; Thurs/Fri 9.30am – 5pm; Sat 10am – 1pm; Sunday – closed.


Caring Together – Whitby & district

We are delighted to announce we have moved to the Coliseum Centre, Victoria Place, Whitby YO21 1EZ where we will continue to run our services as usual, including the Carers Break Service, Befriending Service and Support Groups. Our email remains and you can leave a message with the Coliseum Reception 01947 825000. For more information about ourselves, please visit


Lythe Community Shop & Tea Garden

High Street, Lythe, Whitby YO21 3RT. Tel: 01947 893983.

A welcoming community shop located in the village of Lythe, just a few miles from Whitby on the B1266 coastal road. Includes a general store for everyday essentials, home baking and locally sourced produce, a Post Office counter and a lovely tea garden to the rear serving delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches.

Manned by volunteers, current opening times are Mon-Sat 8.00am-4.00pm, and Sun 9.00am-12 noon (Post Office counter: Mon-Sat 8.00am-12.30pm only).


Hinderwell Community Hub

Situated on the coastal bus route from Whitby, our Tearoom offers a welcoming warm place to enjoy delicious coffee, homemade scones, cakes, soups and lots more. We also have activities in the adjoining Schoolroom:

Monday am Yoga;
Tuesday pm Bingo, Dominoes, Games and Quizzes each week on a rolling programme;
Wednesday am Toddlers’ Group;
Thursday am Men’s Walking Group;
Thursday pm Ladies’ Crafts.

We are open 9.30-3pm daily (closed Saturday) Please call 01947 841303 for further details.

would like to come and join us.  Please note that we do not have a junior section at the present time. Age 18 and over.


Whitby Whalers u3a

Day time activities throughout the week for those no longer in full time work: arts, languages, lectures, exercise, history, social groups and much more. Variety of venues.


The Treasure Trove, Grosmont

The Treasure Trove is a fundraising pop-up shop to support Grosmont Co-operative Store. Opens Wednesday to Sunday 10.30 – 3pm in the old bookshop within the Co-op building. Run entirely by volunteers, please come and visit us. We are always short of bric-a-brac, household items, collectables & books. If you are able to donate items, we would be most grateful.


Whitby Naturalists’ Club

The Club seeks to study, promote interest in and conserve natural history, local history and archaeology, particularly in the Whitby area.


The Mustard Seed Cafe at West Cliff Church

Skinner Street, Whitby. YO21 3AH (next to Youngs Jewellers).

Open Tuesdays & Thursdays 10.30am-2.30pm. A friendly not-for-profit cafe, staffed by volunteers.


Whitby Tennis Club

5.30pm – 8pm at Caedmon College (behind Whitby & Esk Valley Astro Turf facility).

Current members and new members welcome. Club nights on Mondays & Thursdays, also Sunday mornings 10am – 12 noon. Please get in touch via our Facebook page if you would like to join with us. Age 18 and over (we don’t have a junior section). Full season cost is £35.00.