Things to do on HM Bark Endeavour review
Whitby is a seaside resort town on the North Yorkshire coast about 30 minutes north of Scarborough. The HM Bark Endeavour is in the harbour at Whitby right next to the harbour car park (good location but expensive). The boat is a full-size replica of Captain Cook’s Endeavour boat that he used to sail to Australia and New Zealand. Cook began his maritime career in Whitby and he was born in Yorkshire.
When you arrive within a few metres of the HM Bark Endeavour ship you will hear the sounds of cows, sheep, chickens and the shouting of boat commands. It’s perfect for setting the scene and add to the atmosphere of your experience.
There are three levels to the HM Bark Endeavour. There’s the top deck which is the outside deck. Below this is the exhibition deck and then below that the restaurant/cafe deck.
Someone has really put some thought into the exhibitions and a lot of them are interactive requiring you to do things like play games to find answers or plot a course on a magnetic map. There are also little rooms with exhibitions. There was a karaoke room with sea shanties, a surgeons room with mock surgery in shadows and gruesome body parts in a basket. Plus a room telling you how they plotted a lot of their courses using the stars.
The highlight for us was the interactive sandpit. You can dig down or pile up the sand and this will change the environment that is being projected. If we dug down we’d find water and then animals would come to drink. One was drowning and I was able to save it by moving the sand. Another was under the water and you could ‘pick up’ turtles.
On a slightly higher level but still on the exhibition deck you will find Captain Cook’s cabin. It is wonderfully authentic in there. His cabin is also off the main deck area where there was a long wooden table with a video playing of Captain Cook and his men. Plus a desk and a few other things to discover such as a boy in a cupboard, lots of authentic guns and more.
Out on deck, you will find the ships wheel, cannons and plenty of rope. The deck is where the sound effect noises are coming from such as men shouting and the noises from animals. I think this is what really sparked his imagination.
There are two Bark Endeavour boats in Whitby Harbour. The Bark Endeavour is much smaller than this boat and sails regularly in the summer. This post is for the HM Bark Endeavour which is an Endeavour Experience boat. It is a docked (but in the water) replica boat with a permanent exhibition celebrating Captain Cook and his famous ship.
FAQ and Further Information The Endeavour Experience HM Bark Endeavour
Is there food and drink available?
There is a restaurant below deck that serves wonderful fish and chips. We can also recommend the soup with a sandwich.
What are the main things to do?
Replica of Captain Cooks famous ship the HM Bark Endeavour with interactive exhibits, realistic sounds and plenty to see. There are toilets and a restaurant.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Cheap. An adult ticket is £5.00 and £1.50 for a child under 16. Under 3s are free.
Is there parking?
There is a large pay and display car park next to the ship.
When are they open?
HM Bark Endeavour is open almost all year round (restaurant less so). For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
No information is provided.