The Endeavour Experience HM Bark Endeavour can be found in the harbour at Whitby in North Yorkshire. Whitby is a seaside town approximately 30 minutes drive north of Scarborough. This attraction is right next to the main harbour car park. It is a full-size replica of Captain Cook’s Endeavour ship that he sailed from Australia to New Zealand.
Captain Cook has strong ties to Whitby and he began his maritime career in the town. You can even visit a museum dedicated to him. He was also born in Yorkshire. The museum is in the 17th-century house where he lodged as an apprentice and it’s just a few minutes walk from the ship.
The Endeavour Experience Review
Walking around Whitby you can’t really fail to notice this magnificent ship. It doesn’t actually take people out on boat trips, in fact, it only sailed once in its life which was when it arrived in Whitby. It is essentially a floating museum.
When you start walking close you will hear dockyard noises plus the sounds of animals including sheep, cows and chickens. It turns out these noises are coming from the ship.
We have paid to visit a couple of times now. We like to start our visit in the galley restaurant down below deck. They serve hot and cold food and drinks including some great cake and fish and chips.
Above here there are then two further levels. There is the exhibition space on the floor above and then the outside deck area which you can also explore. Someone has put a lot of thought into the exhibitions and many of the displays are interactive.
Our favourite was the interactive sandpit. In this, you can dig down or up and change the shape of the sand. This then changes the environment that is being projected down. It is very clever. If we dug down we found water which animals would then approach to drink water from. At one point one was drowning and by moving the sand I was able to stop it from drowning. One of the guides changed the environment to under the water for us and you could ‘pick up’ turtles.
Around the deck there are games you can play, you can even have a go at plotting your course on a magnetic map. It’s worth spending your time looking around and joining in with the interactive displays.
There are cabins including a replica of Captain Cook’s cabin. There is also a long wooden dining table with a video playing of actors portraying Captain Cook and his men. There is also a desk and other things to discover.
There is even a karaoke room where you can sing along with sea shanties. Plus a surgeons room with mock surgery in shadows and gruesome body parts in a basket. There is also a small room that explains how they plotted a lot of their courses using the stars.
Up on deck, there is the ships wheel plus some cannons. They sometimes have tables out here in the warmer months. My son loves pretending he’s in charge of the ship and runs around giving us all ‘jobs’ to do.
Although it won’t take you long to visit it is worth hopping on board and learning more about the life and times of Captain Cook and the HM Bark Endeavour.
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The Endeavour Experience FAQ & Further Information
Address: Endeavour Wharf, Campion Dock, Whitby YO21 1DN, North Yorkshire. Phone: 01947 600511
Category – Interactive museum – Mostly Indoors – Suitable for all ages.
What are the ticket prices?
Adults £5, children 3-16 £1.50. Under 3s are free.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Replica of Captain Cook’s ship the HM Bark Endeavour. With lots of interactive displays and an above deck area. There is a restaurant and toilets.
When are they open?
The Endeavour Experience is open almost all year round. For up to date opening times please visit their website. They close on a Monday in the winter.
Is there food available?
There is a restaurant serving hot and cold food and drinks.
Is there parking?
There is parking nearby, charges apply.
Are they dog friendly?
Only assistance dogs are permitted.
Are they accessible?
Please contact the venue.