Whitby audio tour: Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Historic East Side

Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Historic East Side

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Whitby’s historic East Side has a close affinity with the sea and this tour provides an ideal introduction to local pastimes like fishing and rowing as well as the shipwrecks along our shore. You'll never look at the East Side in quite the same way again.

You'll hear about:

• Whitby’s handcrafted Lucky Ducks
• Whitby's fishing heritage
• The legend of the Penny Hedge
• How Whitby might have inspired one of Charles Dickens' most well-known characters
• The German bombardment of the town in 1914
• J. M. W. Turner's roughest sketch
• The Whitby Wyrm
• How to spot vampire blood

I’ll point out some of the quirkiest places to have a drink along the way as well as the viewpoints most people miss. Be sure to pack your camera if you’re into photography!

Tour Producer


Devon Howard

I grew up in Whitby and genuinely believe there is no place quite like it on earth. Growing up I split my time between studying hard and rowing for the Fisherlads Rowing Club - nothing has really changed.

After school, I left the town to study at the University of Oxford and managed a couple of years in London where I worked in Westminster and studied for my MA in Philosophy. I returned home to pursue further study and established Whitby Town Walking Tours with my better half.

It had been a longtime ambition of mine to operate a tour company and my inspiration probably came from the Only Fools and Horses' episode 'A Slow Bus to Chingford'. Unlike Derek Trotter, however, I aim to give you accurate and well-researched tours of Whitby.

Whitby Town Walking Tours operate unique tours that focus on specific elements of Whitby, from the geology to art and literature. We operate most days during the summer season and you can find tour times on our website.

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Major Landmarks

  • Sandgate

  • Grape Lane

  • Captain Cook Memorial Museum

  • Church Street

  • Boulby Bank

  • White Horse & Griffin

  • Arguments Yard

  • East Pier

Directions to Starting Point

Head to the Market Place on the east side. This is is right next to the Abbey Wharf bar and restaurant.

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Places to stop along the way

Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby Glass, Furbellow, White Horse & Griffin, Black Horse, Monks Haven, Walrus and the Carpenter, 199 Steps, Fortunes Kippers, East Cliff.

Best time of day

You can take this tour anytime, but the end of the tour is the ideal location for watching the sunset.

Whitby can be busy in the summer months and there will be fewer people around in the morning.


Please be wary of traffic - cars are allowed on some of the streets you'll be walking along.


Really enjoyed this fun walk in places I would never had gone without it!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 7 months ago

Would highly recommend this tour A+

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 year ago

Im disappointed I missed part of the tour. I had a fullycharged battery and missed 5 parts.
I would like a second tour at point of my choosing please

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago

Sorry to hear about this - am I correct in thinking your battery has been drained and you have missed the final five tour stops?

When you purchase a VocieMap tour you own the download and can keep and replay it as many times as you like. You can therefore do the full tour again, or otherwise go back to the point where the tour came to an end, manually skip through the previous audio and then continue the tour.

I will report this issue to VoiceMap but if you'd like any further information please email me at [email protected]

Posted by Devon , over 1 year ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Historic East Side