The Hob of Boggle Hole

In between Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay is a small patch of beach with a mysterious cave that lays within the cliffs. If you ask locals they will tell you stories of little creatures that would run along the beach in and out of the cave, and many other caves that sit on the stretch…

Mr Hayward’s Donkey

Have you ever wondered why donkey rides seem particularly scarce in Whitby? Although we do have our donkey rides they don’t seem to be as popular as they are in Blackpool, or even the Saltburn. According to an old legend, the reason for donkey rides not being as popular in Whitby is due to fear…

Who Was Henry Freeman?

Born in Bridlington, Henry Freeman moved to Whitby at the top of Bakehouse Yard, which now has a blue plaque to commemorate one of Whitby’s proudest sons. At first Henry took on his father’s trade as a brick layer but eventually fell in love with sea in around 1858. He worked throughout Newcastle, London, and…

The Landlady of the White Horse and Griffin

The White Horse and Griffin was originally constructed in 1691, the history in the building has made for various ghosts that have been witnessed by guests and staff at the inn. One of the lost souls are that of a previous landlady called Mrs Bowler, the dates of her death are unknown but the famous…

Maggie of Whitby

Often referred to as ‘Mad Maggie‘ Maggie had a reputation around Whitby which left her feared by anyone who crossed her path. She lived alongside the Church Steps and children would often flee if they saw her outside her home. Even those who didn’t believe she was a witch would spend their days searching for witch…

The Screaming Tunnel

As you walk along the West Cliff and make your way towards the Khyber Pass you will come across a small tunnel that you will have seen many times that perfectly frame the Whitby Abbey from where it stands. Although it is beautiful and picturesque it is best avoided at night. Many holiday makers and…

The Seaman’s Hospital

With Whitby being a famous seasside town it’s no surprise that at one point we even had our own hospital specifically for seamen. The hospital didn’t just act as a place that sailors and fisherman would be treated and cared for by doctors but it was also a safe haven for the widows of seamen…