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The Zetland Lifeboat is the oldest lifeboat in existence and was built in 1802 and whilst in service it saved more than 500 lives. The museum tells the history of the Zetland and the RNLI and how the lives of fisherman were saved from the sea.Other exhibits include a fisherman's cottage and art gallery. A shop provides souvenirs of your visit to the museum. Entrance is free, donations are accepted. It is open from: May 1st - September 30th Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm, Saturday - Sunday 12pm - 4pm
RNLI Whitby Museum
The RNLI Whitby Museum opened in 1957 and is housed in the former double boathouse which dates from 1895. This building contains a collection of artefacts relating to the history of local sea rescues. There are lifeboat models, medals, paintings and photographs as well as personal written accounts from RNLI crew members. It is open from Easter to October, from 10am until 4pm daily. Admission is free, although donations are welcome. The long distance walk "The Cleveland Way" passes close to this attraction.
Whitby Jet Heritage Centre
This is the last remaining authentic Whitby Jet Workshop. It was discovered by accident in the attic of a nearby building and moved to its current premises where it was fully restored. It is known that this original workshop dated from 1867 and at that time it would have been one of several local workshops producing hand crafted ornaments and jewellery from Whitby Jet. Whitby Jet is a black gem stone that is found in this area and it has been crafted into jewellery - especially mourning jewelery - for many centuries. The goods produced in this workshop are all produced by hand, using the original wheels and tools. There is a shop adjacent to the workshop where these finished goods can be seen and purchased. Entry to the workshops is free. It is open daily from 10am until 5pm on Mondays to Saturdays and from 11am until 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The long distance walk "The Cleveland Way" passes close to this attraction.
Whitby Gothic Weekend
The Whitby Gothic Weekend takes place twice a year. The first event occurs during April and the second occurs at the end of October/early November. This weekend is a celebration of all things Gothic and many of the events take place in the shadow of Whitby Abbey, which inspired Bram Stoker's book Dracula. During these festivals there are some weird and wonderful dress costumes to be seen. There is music, singing, dancing and arts and crafts events during these weekends. Various tickets are available which have to be purchased in advance. These are available online from the official Website or from the Tourist Information Centre in Whitby and a few other local retailers. Due to the popularity of these weekends the tickets often sell out several months in advance. The cost of an adult full weekend ticket for the April festival is £42 whilst a weekend ticket for October 2008 is £38.50.