Pannett Park is one of our favourite parks on the Yorkshire coast. It is up on a hill away from the sea but it’s well worth a visit if you are in the area.
The park is well maintained and there are some fantastic views over Whitby from the park. They have even won a Green Flag award and it is a haven of peace and tranquillity.
Pannett Park Whitby Things To Do Review
The park itself doesn’t have a car park but we parked in the nearby leisure centre car park. There is a charge to park but we didn’t fancy walking up the hill from the town and most of the town’s parking is pay and display anyway.
If you park at the leisure centre you enter the park at the top left which is where the playground is. This is an excellent and modern play area for the kids. It has a nautical theme with green and blue rubber mac on the ground and equipment with a sea theme. There are lots to play on for young and old.
It was lovely and quiet when we arrived at around 9:45 am. It did get a lot busier though. There is a boat-shaped centrepiece to climb and slide on. Plus a smaller boat for younger kids and another climbing structure with a slide.
There are obstacles dotted around plus swings, a climbing net and more. Much of the equipment can be used by people with special needs.
Next to the playground, there is a free to visit museum. Sadly it was shut when we visited because of covid. Whitby Museum is an independent Victorian museum that is full of treasures. There are fossils, model ships, carved jet, toys, costumes and more. For up to date opening times for the museum please visit their website. The museum is also home to the Pannett Art Gallery.
You can pick up leaflets at the museum including their Turtle Trails leaflet. This helps you figure your way around and it’s also a guide to the trees and art in the park.
After some considerable time spent at the play area, we decided to have a wander around the park. It is quite a small park but it’s worth a walk around. The park, like the playground, is well cared for. There are a few sculptures dotted around and some pretty gardens.
The paths in the park are mostly accessible but pretty hilly in places so there may be steps. There is a main path through the park that avoids the steps although most of the paths do have steps.
There are maps dotted around but it’s a case of wandering about aimlessly as there is no right or wrong to where the paths lead. We noticed quite a few people hand-feeding the squirrels which is apparently a thing at this park. I wish I’d known as my son was very disappointed that he couldn’t join in.
The Lily Pool has seen some recent major works and restoration. The only thing missing was some fish.
It’s worth a wander around the park to take in the amazing views of Whitby. After a bit of a hike around, we sat for a while to take it all in. There is a Jurassic garden but for some reason, we couldn’t find it. There are some fossils in the ground and a fantastic alligator sculpture.
Please note that bikes, skateboards and scooters are not permitted in the park. They also only permit assistance dogs. Pet dogs aren’t permitted due (I did see a few people ignoring this rule).
Pannett Park FAQ & Further Information
Address: Museum, Whitby YO21 1RE, North Yorkshire. Phone: 01947 602908
Category – Park and Museum – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.
What are the ticket prices?
FREE. The park, museum and gallery are all free to visit.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Well cared for park with views of Whitby, an excellent play area, museum, art gallery and pretty park. There are toilets and a cafe in the museum. These may be closed if the museum is closed. The nearest public toilets are near the paddling pool on the West Cliff.
When are they open?
The park is open all year round from dawn to dusk. Please visit the museum’s website for opening times as they are not open all year round.
Is there food available?
There is a tea room in the museum.
Is there parking?
There is parking nearby, charges may apply. There is limited disabled parking.
Are they dog friendly?
Only assistance dogs are permitted.
Are they accessible?
Some of the paths are accessible, some do have steps. There are disabled toilets inside the museum but this may not always be open.