Things to do in Staithes

Staithes is a picturesque fishing village on the Yorkshire Coast and is the perfect location to relax and unwind. It is a tranquil village with stunning scenery and offers a real break away from the hustle & bustle of busy life.

Walk and discover the coastline

With its weathered cliffs and rugged coastline, Staithes is perfect for walking and exploring. Wander the coastal pathway to the nearby Boulby Cliffs or discover take the coastal stretch of the Cleveland Way which runs between the village and Skinningrove.

There is a perfect 4 mile circular route starting in Staithes and going through Port Mulgrave and to the pretty village of Runswick Bay. You can enjoy stunning coastal views along the way. See northyorkmoors.org uk for more details.

Visit Staithes harbour

Once a significant fishing base, Staithes was home to a small fleet of Whitby Cobles – a traditional fishing trawler from the North East Coast.

Local fishermen still use the boats to catch crabs, cod and lobster. If  you are lucky you can watch them bring home their catch. If you want a real fishing experience then Real Staithes offer some excellent day trips.

staithes harbour fishing boats

Fossil hunt on the beach

You can enjoy a walk and beautiful views on the small beach. The many rock pools make this an amazing place to explore with children. If you don’t manage to find any crabs, then hopefully you will spot some fossils – there are so many the area has been nicknamed ‘Dinosaur Coast’!

If you need any suppliers for crabbing  or a bucket & spade then don’t forget to visit The Kessen Bowl. For more information about shopping don’t forget to read out guide to the shops.

Appreciate some art

The village is a magnet for artists, and Ravenscraig House is features a selection of paintings by the Yorkshire artist Phil Wilson. If you want to see even more art why not visit in September during the annual Staithes festival where the art of the village is celebrated.

Also the Staithes Gallery  showcases a wonderful selection of contemporary art of Staithes and the surrounding area so is well worth a visit. The Gallery is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays from 10am – 5pm.

The Gallery also runs an art school and a full list of events & classes available can be found here

Soak up the heritage

Staithes is well known for being  where Captain Cook made his first trip to out to sea from. To find out more why not visit Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre. It is spread over two floors and includes exhibits from Cook’s life and a 1745 life size street scene of Cook’s time. More information about the Centre can be found on Trip Advisor. The museum is open most weekends and bank holidays.

If you are keen to know more about the history of Staithes and of Ravenscraig House, then visit our page all about the history of the village and the house.  

sunrise staithes beck

Eating Out in Staithes

After all that activity you will have worked up an appetite, so why not treat yourself to a meal in one of the three pubs in the village. Or you can relax and enjoy a coffee and cake in one of the many friendly cafes.

Read our guide to eating out in.

Or if you’d rather head back to Ravenscraig House to cook and relax then read our tips about food shopping first. 

the cod & lobster staithes

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