Things to do in Staithes – our top 5 ideas!

staithes harbour boats

If you are thinking of visiting Staithes, or haven’t visited for a while, here’s a list of our five favourite things to do in Staithes without venturing too far.

1. Go Fossil hunting or rock pooling

The dramatic coastline is famous for its fossils – particularly ammonites. One of our favourite things to do in Staithes is to wander on the rocks at low tide to see what we can discover.

But how do you know where the fossils are hiding? Ammonites can be found in nodules along the foreshore or within ledges ready to be picked out. For more information see UK Fossils.

If you don’t have any luck finding fossils, try some rock pooling instead. Pools that are closest to the sea edge are the best so look in these first and then move inland as the tide comes in. Use a bucket to contain the rock pool creatures for closer inspection but remember to let them go where you found them after a short time. The best time for rock pooling again is low tide, then the greatest number of rock pools can be seen. A fantastic family activity!

2. Visit the Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre

Staithes is famous for Captain Cook as it is where he made his first trip out to sea. Discover the history of Staithes at the Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre. It’s packed to the rafters with exhibits and artefacts on the history of Staithes, displays of the lives of the fishermen who lived there and of course a large section dedicated to the life and voyages of Captain Cook.

You can easily spend an hour or two soaking up the history of Staithes.

3. Visit the harbour

staithes harbour boats

Stroll around the harbour, and you might be lucky enough to see the fishermen bring home their catch. Local fishermen still use Whitby Cobles – a traditional fishing trawler – to catch crabs, cod and lobster. If you fancy a real fishing experience, then why not book a day trip with Real Staithes.

4. Wander through the old village

staithes view over harbour

With its higgledy-piggledy cobbled streets, you feel as though you are stepping back in time. Keep your eyes peeled and you might spot one of the right realistic ‘illusions’ painted on building by local artist Paul Czainski.

The Painted Illusion Trail in Staithes in coastal North Yorkshire was created in 2014 by renowned local artist Paul Czainski. The trail includes 8 realistic ‘illusions’ painted on buildings around the hidden corners of the village.

There is a photo opportunity to be had around most corners, so make sure you are ready with your camera!

5. Enjoy a pub meal

the cod & lobster staithes

After all that activity you will have worked up an appetite, so why not visit one of the pubs in Staithes to refuel. The Cod & Lobster serves great food and is located in the harbour so also has fantastic views. The Royal George in located in the heart of the village and has a lovely cosy, traditional pub atmosphere.

Finally, the Captain Cook Inn sits at the top of the village and has a great choice of real ales. For other ideas of where to eat in Staithes, check out our brilliant guide. 

Let us know what you loved doing in Staithes after you’d visited. We’d love to hear about your trip.

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