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Our Favourite Things to do When it's Cold and Wet

You've come to Whitby in the autumn or winter and it's cold and wet. Or perhaps you've come in the spring or summer and it's still cold and wet!

We all love getting out and about in the countryside, or down to the beach - but what about finding something to do when it really is miserable?

We've put together a list of suggestions of things to do which will get you out of the rain, keep you warm and ensure you're trip is a wonderful success regardless of the weather!


Doodlepots is now 10 years old and makes for a wonderful activity regardless of the weather! Why not create your own souvenir of your trip to Whitby, paint a plate, mug, bowl, money box, goblet, figure... whatever takes your fancy, the range is huge! For more information visit the website at

Captain Cook Museum

Everyone knows Whitby was home to Captain Cook and some of his ships, but have you every been to the Captain Cook Museum on Grape Lane? It's well worth a visit - full of excellent exhibits, and based in a house in which the Captain himself once lived. Visit the website for more details

Mini Monsterz

If you've got young children, wet weather can be particularly problematic. If you're staying at Aislaby Lodge Cottages you can of course just relax and enjoy our cosy accommodation, including a wonderful wood burning stove. But if you want to go out and do something, why not give Mini Monsterz a try:

North York Moors Visitor Centre

Based in Danby, another of the Esk Valley's wonderful villages, The North York Moors Visitor Centre makes a great base to enjoy the moors, if the weather's OK, or just a drink in the cafe and an explore of the Centre if not. For information visit the website, they run special events, craft clubs and other things throughout the year:

Whitby Museum

Perhaps you've found yourself stuck in a downpoor whilst enjoying Whitby's Pannett Park. Well, fear not, just pay the art gallery and museum a visit. There are all kinds of exhibits to appeal to all ages and interests:

North York Moors Steam Railway

Fancy getting out of town? Well why not enjoy a trip on the steam railway. You can travel from Whitby to Pickering, or anywhere in between, enjoying the moorland scenery as you hurtle through the countryside in steamy style:

Whitby Pavillion Cinema

It may be small, but it's perfectly formed, and does actually show up to date films. It's based in the old Spa Theatre, so you're guaranteed a comfortable seat, there's a licensed bar too. For listings see:

RNLI Lifeboat Museum

Just down the Khyber Pass from the Pavilion you'll find Whitby's Lifeboat Museum, another wet weather favourite. Well worth a visit to discover some of the history of lifeboats in the town:

Museum of Victorian Science

If you don't have young children (as there's a 16+ age limit), the Museum of Victorian Science in Glaisdale makes for a very interesting trip. Visits are by appointment only and last about 2 hours, see the website for booking information and more details about what you'll see:

The Abbey and St Mary's Church

And of course, there's always a trip up to the Abbey, and into St Mary's Church. The Abbey's visitor centre will keep you out of the rain and wind, but the ruins are well worth a walk around whatever the weather!

Built by Jack Barber in Whitby, North Yorkshire. Visit Herbal Apothecary for herbal practitioner supplies, Sweet Cecily's for natural skincare, BeeVital for propolis health supplements and Future Health Store for whole foods, health supplements, natural & ethical gifts.