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…

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…

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…

Little Kate and the Bouncing Ball

A couple of hundred of years ago, when Runswick Bay was a busy fishing town, a carpenter named ‘Crook Back Tom’ was the main figure in this folklore. According to legend Crook Back Tom got his namesake from being pushed into carpentry at an age as early as 3, being his father’s apprentice. To deal…

Brown Bushell of Bagdale Hall

Bagdale Hall has been a proud part of Whitby for 500 years now, it has so much history pouring from the building that it would be unusual if a ghost hadn’t taken up residence in the hotel. Many patrons and employees of the hotel have reported seeing ghosts and experiencing paranormal phenomenon, for years it…

The Mysterious Ghost of Whitby Pavilion

Built in 1878 the famous Whitby Pavilion Theatre is no stranger to ghostly tales, though a certain person or ghost have ever been pin pointed to the hauntings – nor is the gender of the ghost even known. Given its rich history it’s obvious that the Pavilion was just going to be another of Whitby’s…

The Ghost of Kettleness’ Railway Station

*This is a tale that was told to me many years ago as a Cub-Scout, and it’s a story that has been passed down throughout Cubs as they stay at the spooky railway station in Kettleness. When the railway station was in use, and in a time where child labour laws were nonexistent, a young…