whitby_kids

Suitable for small children

Recently we had a guest contact us about the suitability of Whitby for a holiday with small children....well, as we have got our own young son, I was well placed to advise.

Dear Mr & Mrs Guest,

In terms of Whitby being suitable for young children, it is fantastic! Our son is 3 and he loves it over there. It is a very special place with lots to do, including:

  • brilliant sandy beaches
  • beaches for fossil hunting and paddling in rock pools (our son's favourite)
  • donkey rides
  • Whitby Abbey.....don't go with a buggy as it's 199 steps!!
  • the North York Moors Railway steam trains from Whitby to Pickering are great fun and go through Goathland which was in the first Harry Potter film and famous for Heartbeat (if you remember that) http://www.nymr.co.uk/
  • 'Paint a Pot' for wet days http://www.doodlepots.co.uk/
  • amusement arcades and a soft play centre for wet days
  • Elizabeth the Steam Bus is a bit odd but great for kids and a real experience! http://www.whitbysteambusandcharabanc.co.uk/
  • Pannett Park is opposite the apartment complex and has a brilliant pirate themed playground
  • great 30 minute boat trips on the Whitby Endeavour...which is a replica gallion and we tell our son is a pirate ship ;) http://www.endeavourwhitby.com/


These things are all in Whitby and easy to access by foot from the apartment. There are also things you can do further afield (although you might want to check out their websites to see if would suit your daughter):

  • Ryedale Folk Museum http://www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk/
  • Scarborough (about 30 minutes away and a bit overrated in my view, but has some nice beaches)
  • Flamingo Land theme park...haven't been with our son Ben, so not sure how young child friendly it is
  • Eden Camp war museum http://www.edencamp.co.uk/
  • York!! About 1 hour away but it is an amazing medieval city with castles, city walls, museums and street performers. So much to do here! http://www.visityork.org/


More generally, all the restaurants and bars are very welcoming to families and people in Whitby are incredibly friendly. This makes it a relaxing place to be!

I hope this helps, but let me know if we can be of further advice.

Kindest wishes
Joanne