If you read my post last Saturday (Happy Days: Cars, Caves and Beaches), you’ll know that on Bank Holiday Monday we had intended to go to our local carnival. The constant rain made us change our minds and after checking the weather we decided to head to Whitby instead. One thing the weather app didn’t mention was the thick fog and while you can usually see the Sea for a good 20 minutes before you arrive, we couldn’t see it until we got out the car and walked to the cliff edge!

As so often happens with impromptu days out though, we had an absolutely brilliant time and the fog lifted slightly so that we could appreciate the views.

Find out what we got up to on an impromptu day out to Whitby ...

Whenever we’ve visited in the past we’ve always managed to park down by the harbour but the car parks were full to bursting with it being bank holiday and we had to park up on the West Cliff. As it happens we found this a much nicer way to walk into Whitby (not great if you have a pushchair though as lots of steps).  The kids loved posing under the famous Whale bone arch on the route down into the town.

the kids posing under the Whitby whale bones

It was lunch time when we arrived and the first order of business was fish and chips. All of the restaurants had very long queues out the door waiting for seats but we headed to a takeaway instead and ate ours at the start of the pier, much more fun than waiting in line!

As soon as lunch was finished we headed along the pier and discovered that the lighthouse was open and you could climb to the top (£1.50 for adults, £1 for children). M was very excited about the idea so we headed up. Poor Keith had to carry L and the staircase was extremely narrow, so not easy to navigate with a toddler at all. The views from the top were very impressive and I imagine they would be even better on a clear day, but I don’t think we’ll be doing it again.

the view from the top of the lighthouse on Whitby pier

At the far end of the pier you can take some steps down to wear you very often find people fishing (Keith has memories of fishing their when he was younger). There was no-one fishing that day but it was nice getting a different view of the ocean and the cliffs. M especially liked it down there. L kept wanting to run right to the edge nearly giving us all a heart attack though so we made a speedy climb back up.

views from the end of Whitby pier

Walking back along the pier Keith spotted there were donkey rides on the each and decided to head there next. Neither M nor L had ever been on a donkey before so they were super excited (although, strangely, M has ridden on a camel!). They both loved it and as a nice bonus it was actually free!!! I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’ve ever been on a day out where a kids activity like that didn’t cost the earth, never mind being completely free.

After the donkeys we went for a walk along the beach near the cliffs where M had great fun clambering over the rocks and looking for caves, and L tried her hand at using rocks to draw in the sand.

donkey rides and exploring Whitby beach

Next on the agenda was climbing the famous 101 steps up to the Abbey. To get there you have to walk through the cobbled streets of the old town and it brought back so many memories of when my Dad used to have a stall there on weekends and I would go along to help out. I spent a lot of time wondering those cobbles and even more hidden away in the corner of one of the bookshops, reading the first few pages of countless books before deciding which to spend my pocket money on. Not unsurprisingly, it’s also where I bought my first copy of Dracula (for those who don’t know, it was written in Whitby and a lot of the tourist businesses in Whitby thrive on the Dracula relationship).

L had already done an awful lot of walking by the time we reached the steps so poor Keith had to carry her up them. I struggled just getting myself up there! M on the other hand declared it easy. The view from the churchyard at he top is simply stunning and there a number of benches for you to get your breath back and watch the bustle of the harbour down below. The Abbey itself is run by English Heritage and at the time of writing costs £7.60 for adults and £4.60 for children. We decided not to bother as we had our eye on something else to spend our money on, but if you’re member’s of English Heritage it’s free so worth a look.

Heading back down L actually managed to walk down the steps herself, giving her dad a break. Unfortunately for Keith though, listening to M talk about how easy it was, he said he bet M couldn’t run up the cobbled slope to the side of the steps. So he did. And disappeared from sight. Which meant poor Keith then had to run after him and do it all again as well.

the 101 steps to Whitby Abbey

We then headed back over the river and along the harbour and went on a boat trip (£3 each). L had never been on a boat before and she loved it. It was a little choppy heading out and at one point the look on her face made us think she might be getting seasick but it soon passed and she laughed with every wave we went over. The boat actually went further out to sea than we thought and was a really nice trip.

a boat trip out of Whitby harbour

By that point it was time to head back to the car but we had to make a quick stop at the Captain Cook monument on top of the West Cliff (next to the whale bones). M is really into his history at the moment and had been reading about Cook recently so he loved this.

the kids posing in front of the Captain Cook monument on Whitby's West Cliff

All in all we had a really great day out and I can highly recommend it to anyone. Have you had any impromptu days out recently?

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34 thoughts on “A Family Day Out In Whitby

  1. You packed so much in! This reminds me of my Scarborough trips – lots of walking, chips and a donkey ride. Looks like a fab family day! Need some sunshine next time. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x
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    Posted on 7 June, 2017 at 8:29 am
    1. Ooh, I haven’t been to Scarborough in years. May have to give it a go in the holidays x

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:06 am
  2. We always go to Whitby for my birthday, which is at the weekend. The best thing about a summer birthday is having this lovely tradition. It’s forecast to rain so we’ve been planning to do something different as it’s a 2 hour drive for us. However, after reading this I’m thinking we should go anyway! #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 7 June, 2017 at 8:35 am
    1. I used to go for my birthday a lot too. Hope you had a great day x

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:07 am
  3. Its sounds like you all had a brilliant time. Your pictures are lovely. I went to Whitby for a short break once as a child but I would love to go again. #familyfun

    Posted on 7 June, 2017 at 9:25 am
    1. Thank you, it’s a beautiful place x

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:08 am
  4. Aww I love impromptu days out… must do more of these.. I love how much you managed to fit in! I went a fair few years back and I swear we did all this on one weekend! We may have had drink too though… I’d love to go up the lighthouse that looks fun!!
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    Posted on 7 June, 2017 at 8:02 pm
    1. Ha ha, we certainly didn’t hang about and we avoided all the lovely little shops as L is like a tornado!

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:12 am
  5. Oh I love Whitby and we visit most trips back to the U.K. Thank you for sharing your wonderful day trip with us on #ablogginggoodtime 🎉
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    Posted on 8 June, 2017 at 5:45 pm
    1. Its beautiful isn’t it.

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:14 am
  6. Oh I love Whiteby, I went there on my honeymoon. I just love the smell of the sea and Magpie Cafe is amazing food X #ablogginggoodtime

    Posted on 8 June, 2017 at 7:46 pm
    1. It is beautiful. Unfortunately Magpie Cafe was hit with a massive fire on the May Bank holiday weekend so its closed at the minute. I’m sure they’ll come back better than ever though.

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:16 am
  7. I love Whitby. Looks like you had a great day out! #ablogginggoodtime
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    Posted on 8 June, 2017 at 9:13 pm
    1. We did, thank you x

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:17 am
  8. Ooo yes an impromptu day out is always good. As a History Teacher I love that M is into his history at the mo – may it continue 😊 #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 8 June, 2017 at 10:21 pm
    1. I used to love pouring through history books when I was younger too so he’s reignited my love for it as well x

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:17 am
  9. What a lovely day out it looks like you had – most of the spontaneous trips tend to be that way. #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 9 June, 2017 at 5:39 pm
    1. Thank you, they do don’t they x

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:19 am
  10. That looks lovely. Whitby is one of those places I always wanted to go. Blogger related travel posts are going to cost us a fortune if I actually make it too all the great places I found!!!

    Posted on 10 June, 2017 at 10:05 pm
    1. Ha ha, I know what you mean!

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:20 am
  11. I went there years ago. It would be great to visit again and see it through the eyes of my kids. Thanks for reminding me.

    Posted on 11 June, 2017 at 6:03 pm
    1. I love taking the kids to places I spent time in as a child, it’s such a great experience x

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:21 am
  12. I am pleased to read you all had a great day out together even though it wasn’t how you intentionally planned to spend it. I am sure we’ve had a few impromptu days too – Cirencester springs to mind. I think they usually come from trying to create a positive from a negative eg. gps hasn’t downloaded the geocaches! #bestandworst
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    Posted on 12 June, 2017 at 7:37 am
    1. Thank you, sometimes things just work out for the better x

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:23 am
  13. It looks like you had a fantastic time in Whitby – it looks amazing! I need to visit as I know Mini Me would love it! Sim xx #bestandworst

    Posted on 12 June, 2017 at 11:32 am
    1. Thank you, we love it there x

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:23 am
  14. We’ve only just got our car back on the road so I am looking forward to more exploring in the future. Looks like a wonderful day. Sarah #FabFridayPost
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    Posted on 12 June, 2017 at 1:24 pm
    1. Thank you, good luck with your exploring x

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:24 am
  15. Oh Wow! You’ve done so much! I didn’t even know that there was a lighthouse there. & you went on the boat ride as well! So jealous! lol! We just been to the Dracula Castle and the beach and that was quite enough of a day for us as the parking was mad in Whitby! But we did enjoyed it very much never-the-less. Glad you all had a great time there. xx

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    Posted on 12 June, 2017 at 8:11 pm
    1. Thank you. The parking is a bit mental but the west Cliff was a lot quieter, I think we’ll be parking there from now on x

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:25 am
  16. I LOVE an impromptu day out! We had one over the Easter break in Hastings. So much fun! Your day in Whitby looks fantastic. Love the whalebone arch!
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    Posted on 16 June, 2017 at 10:55 am
    1. Thank you, they always turn out great because they’re so unexpected x

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:26 am
  17. That looks like a great day for you and your family. I love the cobblestone! We don’t have enough cobblestone here in the states:)

    Posted on 20 June, 2017 at 2:08 pm
    1. We certainly have plenty of it round where I live, it definitely lends a certain charm. Not so great for pushchairs and heels though x

      Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 10:27 am