Pannett Park

Whitby's Town Park - Home to Whitby Museum and Art Gallery

Plan Your Visit

Welcome to Pannett Park, Whitby, home of Pannett Art Gallery and Whitby Museum.

How to find us

Pannett Park (open all year round from dawn to dusk, no entry fee) is situated a short, uphill walk from the bus and train stations in Whitby town centre, see map at bottom of home page. Car parking is available on street and in the Leisure Centre car park, another short walk from the Jubilee Gate entrance. There is limited disabled parking at the accessible entrance to the museum. Cycle racks are sited just inside the main gates. See for all UK public transport information. Post code YO21 1RE.

Whitby Museum

This award winning museum houses artefacts from around the world, many of which have links to the South Seas and Jurassic Gardens. A Tea Room is situated in the museum.

Pannett Art Gallery

The art gallery has permanent collections featuring the Staithes Group of artists and their associates, and the work of George Weatherill and his children. There are temporary displays by local and national artists which change regularly. Opening times as Whitby Museum.

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Guided walks

These can be tailored to suit all abilities . The following leaflets are available from the museum: Turtle Trails, Figure Your Way Round Pannett Park, Jurassic Garden, a Guide to the Trees of Pannett Park (with leaf rubbing activity) & Art in the Park. For more information 'Contact Us' and see 'Resources'.


The Park measures 3.3 hectares and has steep gradients in places. The paths were resurfaced in 2009. A path crosses the park from Chubb Hill at the lower end up to St. Hilda's Terrace which has a gradient of 1:12 and is illuminated from dusk to dawn. A route avoiding steep gradients and steps circles the museum and takes in the main drive, Community Garden, play area, outdoor classroom, neolithic rock art and Commemorative Garden. It traverses the top of the embankment via the bedding display and sun dial, and affords splendid views of the park below and the town. See map in 'Resources'. The state of the art play area has equipment for use by all ages, much of which can be used by people with special needs.

The outdoor classroom has seating and space for large groups to gather.

The South Seas Garden has level access to the top terrace from St. Hilda's Terrace.

The Lily Pool is accessible to wheelchair users from the lower path.

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There is ample seating throughout the park.

You will find information boards at the entrances and interpretation boards in key areas.

As this is a small, ornamental park please help to keep it a pleasant place for all by respecting the rules banning the use of bikes, skateboards and scooters. No dogs apart from assistance dogs.

We hope you enjoy your visit.