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 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
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
Visit the Yorkshire Film Archive page to watch the film (approximately 12 minutes).
Help Save Whitby Engine Shed
Whitby’s Engine Stable, to give it its ‘official title’, was originally built in 1847 and was designed by the renowned G T Andrews. It is a Grade II listed buildings situated right in the heart of Whitby Town and is an iconic building. It is currently on the market for £40,000. Find out more on the Whitby Engine Shed website.
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 www.visitwhitby.com for news, events, restaurants, attractions and accommodation.
Esk Valley Walk
The 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.
The Cinder Track
A walk/cycleway along the former Whitby-to-Scarborough railway line. Routemap and more about the Cinder Track project.
Walks around Whitby with storywalker Harry Collet.
|Sample fares from Whitby||
With EVR Railcard discount
|Day Return to Middlesbrough||£6.80||
|Duo Return Ticket to Middlesbrough (two adults travelling together)||£10.20|
|Journey times from Whitby|
|To Middlesbrough||90 minutes|
Monday-Saturday 08:30-13:00, 13:30-16:00 Closed Sundays. The ticket office closes for lunch 13:00-13:30.
Access to both platforms is step- free, the station is wheelchair accessible.
There is a shelter on the platform.
There is a pay-and-display car park beside the station.
Taxis: Whitby station is served by a taxi rank. Here are the telephone numbers of some local taxi firms:
Station 01947 602069
Chiltern 01947 600000
Eastside 01947 600123
Harrisons 01947 600606
Streamline 01947 603306.
TVees Taxis 01947 601212
Local buses: Whitby bus station is next to the train station.
M16 Guisborough - Whitby
27 Northallerton - Whitby
5 & 5a Middlesbrough - Loftus - Whitby
(formerly 56 & X56)
91/92 High Stakesby - Whitby
93 Middlesbrough - Scarborough
94/94A Stainsacre - Whitby
95 Sleights - Whitby
97 Stainsacre - Whitby
98 High Stakesby - Whitby
99 Lealholm - Whitby
840 Malton - Whitby
Traveline: 0871 200 22 33
For detailed information about events, attractions, nightlife and shopping, go to the official visitor guide at www.visitwhitby.com.
Grid reference: NZ898108
Lat/Long: 54°29'5.6"N / 0°36'53.7W
Train times from Whitby (9.12.12 to 18.05.13)
Monday to Saturday
From Sunday 31 March 2013
Train times from Whitby (19.05.13 to 7.12.13)
Monday to Saturday
Sundays 19.05.13 to 3.11.13
|*Only runs Fridays 5 July to 30 August, also Monday 12 August and Friday 1 November|