Whitby audio tour: Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites

Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

It’s not easy journeying to Whitby, so it’s important to make the most of your time here. On this guided walk, I'll introduce you to major local characters, engrossing legends and hidden treasures in this historic town, over a millennium in the making. Whether this is your first visit or your thirtieth, this tour is certain to make you look at Whitby in a new light. It also provides an ideal introduction to sites like the Whitby Abbey, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum and the Endeavour Experience, which you can return to at the end of the tour.

On this tour, you'll hear about:

• Some of the greatest voyages of exploration of all time
• Why people once thought the town was infested with serpents
• How Whitby jet, a gemstone, inspired the novel Dracula
• An illiterate poet
• Why there’s a polar bear in the town centre
• Why the houses with the best views were some of the cheapest
• The Hand of Glory and where to find it

This tour isn’t all about the past. I'll also tell you about Fortune's Kippers fish store, and where to find seaside fayre and the best strawberry tarts you'll ever encounter.

Folk Round by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

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

  • Captain Cook Monument

  • Whale Bones

  • Pannett Park

  • Dock End

  • Endeavour Experience

  • Captain Cook Museum

  • Church Street

  • St Mary's Church

  • Whitby Abbey

Directions to Starting Point

Captain Cook Memorial on the West Cliff (near the Whale Bone Arch).

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Places to stop along the way

Whitby Museum and Art Gallery, Endeavour Experience, Captain Cook Museum, Whitby Jet Museum, St Mary's Church.

Best time of day

You can take this tour anytime but the views are best during the daytime.

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.


Highly recommend this tour. Very informative and a great way to see some of the key sights in Whitby whilst learning about the history of the area.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 month ago

This was a great way to spend the morning in Whitby, taking in the sites on a lovely walking route. The tour guide was funny and endearing and very knowledgeable. Couldn’t fault it!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 4 months ago

Enjoy a nice afternoon stroll round Whitby with a few historical stories and info along the way. Take the time to look out for and read all the blue plaques and local history points of interest as you go. Finished of the walk with a pint at Whitby Brewery.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 6 months ago

This is an excellent and very informative tour.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 6 months ago

Despite being a regular visitor to Whitby over the past 50+ years, I learnt a lot in just an hour from taking the tour with Devon. I will be back. I'm confident there's much more to find out about this beautiful little town !

Posted by Linda , 8 months ago

We have been to Whitby many times but we saw it in a completely different light following the audio tour. Fascinating history of the town, taking us to many places we have never seen before. Highly recommended.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago

Excellent tour! We saw places and found out the back stories that we would not have seen otherwise!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago

Fantastic tour. Great to see all the sights we would have missed accompanied with an inspiring commentary. Thanks again Tom, Anne, Ralph, Sheena and Joanne.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago

This was a fantastic guide around Whitby, especially on a really busy weekend - helped give us direction and a shape to our visit that we would not have had without it. Highly recommend

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 9 months ago

Really interesting facts. Great tour

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 12 months ago

Devon the narrative of the tour was excellent. I also liked the bits of added humour & your passion for Whitby is paramount. Thank you for taking us on your tour of Whitby even though it was a day shrouded in misty conditions which added to the atmosphere especially the abbey

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , almost 2 years ago

Thank you for your kind review and I’m delighted you enjoyed the tour!

Posted by Devon , almost 2 years ago

Superb Tour with clear clarity & content in abundance.
Would highly recommend this Tour.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , almost 2 years ago
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Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites