Route of the Esk Valley Railway


From its ancient origin, Whitby has in different periods prospered from monasticism, fishing, shipbuilding, whaling, jet jewellery and tourism. Reminders of this heritage abound: Whitby Abbey; the 199 steps which link it with the Old Town; Church Street; the harbour and pier; the Captain Cook Memorial Museum; and Pannett Park where you will find Whitby Art Gallery and Museum. Even the railway station deserves to be looked at.

Before George Hudson ("The Railway King") had his vision, to bring visitors to Whitby by train, people could travel to and from this town only by sea or across the vast North Yorkshire Moors, either of which had its perils. Hudson superintended the building of a railway line from Pickering, which opened in 1836, and commissioned George T Andrews to design the station at Whitby, which opened in 1847 (it is now a listed building).

The Endeavour, the ship on which Captain James Cook discovered Australia, was a Whitby-built collier – solidly constructed, flat-bottomed and capacious, therefore suitable for an epic voyage on the high seas.

Whitby Abbey

Find out more about visiting Whitby Abbey

Whitby Art Gallery and Museum

Pannett Park, Whitby, YO21 1RE
Tel: 01947 602908
Find out more about visiting Whitby Art Gallery and Museum

Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Grape Lane, Whitby, YO22 4BA
Tel: 01947 601900
Find out more about visiting the Captain Cook Memorial Museum

North Eastern Railway Tile Map

North Eastern Railway Tile Map: photo copyright North Eastern Tile CompanyOn Whitby station, to the left of the exit facing the harbour (East), there is a tiled map of the entire North Eastern Railway passenger system as it was at the beginning of the twentieth century.

This is one of just a few of these which survive. You can find out more about their manufacture and history on the North Eastern Tile Company website, as well as details of newly made replica tile maps, which are available in a range of sizes.

'A Sentimental Journey' (Whitby - Scarborough) 1966

Still from 'A Sentimental Journey' 1966 (c) YFAThis film documents the closure of Scarborough-to-Whitby railway line in 1965 as a result of the Beeching Axe.

Visit the Yorkshire Film Archive page to watch the film (approximately 12 minutes).


The Old Whitby Engine Shed

Whitby Engine ShedWhitby’s Engine Stable, to give it its ‘official title’, was originally built in 1847 and was designed by the renowned G T Andrews who also designed Whitby Station. It is a Grade II listed building and situated right in the heart of Whitby Town and is an iconic building. It is now in private ownership. 

More about Whitby

See the events section on this website for information about: Goth Weekends; 1940s Festival; Whitby Regatta; Whitby Folk Week; Music & Ale Trains. Go to for news, events, restaurants, attractions and accommodation.


Esk Valley Walk

Esk Valley Walk waymarkThe Esk Valley Walk finishes at Whitby. More about the Esk Valley Walk.

The Cleveland Way

The 110-mile-long distance Cleveland Way passes through Whitby. The Cleveland Way National Trail Guide can be purchased at tourist information centres or online from the North York Moors National Park Authority. The Cleveland Way website provides information about places to visit along the route and full details of accommodation.

St. Hilda's Way

The St. Hilda’s Way is a new (2015) 40 miles long-distance trail in North Yorkshire, starting from Hinderwell and finishing at Whitby Abbey. The walk is designed as a pilgrimage and visits eight Churches and Chapels all dedicated to St Hilda, as well as two other churches named after St Hedda and St Mary. At each location there is a special focus on a different aspect of the saint’s life, something to find in the church and the opportunity for reflection and meditation.  You can join the walk at Whitby Station. More about the St. Hilda's Way.

The Cinder Track

A walk/cycleway along the former Whitby-to-Scarborough railway line. Routemap and more about the Cinder Track project.

Whitby Walks

Walks around Whitby with storywalker Harry Collet.

Sample fares from Whitby  
With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Middlesbrough £8.30
Off-Peak Day Return to York
Leave Whitby 0845, Return York  1615. Via Middlesbrough only.

Journey times from Whitby  
To Middlesbrough 90 minutes

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Train times from Whitby (11.12.16 to 20.05.17)

Monday to Saturday
Sundays from 02.04.17
Whitby dep 0845 1215 1559 1918 1044 1301 1547 1804
M'brough arr 1015 1345 1729 2047
1223 1433 1717 1933
M'brough dep 0704 1028 1404 1740 0905 1121 1356 1617
Whitby arr 0837 1159 1536 1911 1036 1252 1534 1756

Train times from Whitby (15.05.16 to 10.12.16)

Monday to Saturday
Sundays until 06.11.16
Whitby dep 0845 1215 1600 1918 2225 1044 1301 1547 1804
M'brough arr 1015 1345 1730 2047 2351 1223 1433 1717 1933
M'brough dep 0704 1028 1403 1740 2049 0905 1121 1356 1616
Whitby arr 0837 1159 1536 1911 2220 1036 1252 1534 1756
* Only runs Fridays 17 June to 12 August, also Monday 22 August for Whitby Regatta, Friday 28 October for hallowe’en and Friday 4th November for Goth weekend.


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