If you are visiting Runswick you will find so many things to see and do in and around Runswick, getting about, and local events.

It should help you to get more out of your time in Runswick. Just follow the links below for ideas of places to visit and trips out to other nearby towns and attractions.

If you like good ‘Pub Grub’, there is the Runswick Bay Hotel, which is situated just at the entrance to the park and is a source of local information and entertainment including the famous annual ‘Wellie Wanging’ competition, so if you want good food and drink served by a very hospitable host, spend some evenings or lunchtimes at The Runswick Bay Hotel.

Surely one of the prettiest seaside villages in England and once a holiday favourite of the real James Herriot, Runswick Bay is beautifully maintained and full of old world charm. There is a short walk down to the harbour, it is so worth a visit. With quaint cottages and long sandy beaches, beachcombers may find fossils and jet under the cliffs.

Situated 5 miles north of Whitby, Runswick Bay is a picture-postcard seaside village loved by both artists and holidaymakers. The village is split into two parts – a number of houses at the top of the cliffs contrast sharply with the red-roofed cottages that appear to tumble down the cliffside to the seafront below.

The beach can be accessed via a road with an accessible car park at the bottom. It has been frequently awarded the ENCAMS Seaside Award and if appropriate will be flying the distinctive blue and yellow flag.

Around Runswick Bay

Although Runswick Bay is today very much a holiday village, if you take time to wander through the narrow passages and climb the steps, you can easily imagine what life used to be like in this once busy fishing village.

Standing in the centre of the Cockpit, with an uninterrupted view of the bay from its window, is the Institute. Opened in 1870, this was, and still is, the centre of village life, providing a meeting place for the fishermen in bad weather, a hall for all kinds of entertainments and a small hospital where, after a shipwreck, the locals provided blankets and hot drinks for the sailors.

Captain Cook Museum, Whitby


If you are more adventurous, there are so many great historic and interesting facts and places you can visit within just half an hour, below we have listed just a few of the key visitor hotspots, but there are so many more and well worth a visit.

If you are planning a visit, there is lots to see in Whitby and nearby in Captain Cook Country. There is still more in York and North Yorkshire within easy driving distance.

Cook lived in the north east of the county until he joined the Navy. It is a region of coast and moorland stretching 30 miles from modern Middlesbrough to Whitby. Because of its many associations, it is identified for visitors as ‘Captain Cook Country’. An area of great beauty, of high cliffs, inlets and open moorland, it is well worth a tour.

The Museum has a variety of souvenirs, with something to suit every pocket, from pencils and postcards to books or pictures.

For more information go to the Cook Museum.

Robin Hood’s Bay


Whether you are on a day trip or a weekly holiday to Robin Hood’s Bay, in a family group, finishing the coast to coast or simply getting away from it all, there is much to indulge in and certainly something for everyone. In addition to simply soaking up the scenery and relaxing in the surroundings, let your taste buds be tickled and your creative side tempted!

If you would like to find out more information about what to do in Robin Hood’s Bay Click Here.

The Dracula Experience


In 1885 the Russian Schooner The Demeter was hit by a wild storm and ran aground in Whitby harbour on Tate Hill Sands. Mysteriously all the crew were dead including the captain who was lashed to the helm. The instant the Demeter ran aground a huge black dog was seen to leap ashore and run up the 199 steps towards Whitby abbey. The dog was known to be one of the many forms into which a vampire could transform itself.

Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula had arrived in England…

To find out more blood curdling scary facts about Dracula Click Here.

Pannet Park


Pannet Park which was recently refurbished, thanks to the heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People Programme, is home to both Whitby Museum and the Pannett Art Gallery. The Park offers a haven of peace and quiet with an exciting new play park for children and beautifully kept gardens, lawns and wooded areas for the whole family to enjoy.



Any stranger to the town of Staithes is going to be astounded by how much history such a small place can have. Staithes is famous for its past fishing industry and hundreds of years of mineral production, an industry that continues to the present day. The Boulby Potash mine being one of the deepest in the United Kingdom and one of the tidiest being located, as is Staithes, within the North York Moors National Park.

Staithes was also home to many hero’s. From Captain James Cook, to those with their names recorded in stone on the War Memorial and those who today at the sound of the maroon take the Staithes Lifeboat to sea as their ancestors have done for the last 100 years.

To find out more about Staithes and surrounding area Click Here.

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