Last Updated on October 20, 2023
While there are several arcades in Whitby, the Funland Amusements is currently the only one to boast a floor of retro cabinets.
A couple of days ago I drove down to Whitby, launch place of Captain Cook’s various voyages, birthplace of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (the story, not the character), and home to an increasingly impressive collection of restaurants.
On this occasion, however, the visit wasn’t for fish and chips. It wasn’t for the folk festival, either. We took the trip to finally check out the upstairs of the Funland arcade, which has been kitted out with a bunch of classic retro arcade cabinets.
While there wasn’t time to play everything (it was pretty busy), the selection included Guitar Hero Arcade, Time Crisis 2 and 5, Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Star Wars Trilogy, Galaxian, Defender, Virtua Fighter 2, a Space Invaders reissue, and several other machines.
A few air hockey tables and pinball machines were also present, along with a handful of obligatory ticket machines. My son and I enjoyed The Simpsons, Guitar Hero Arcade, and the Addams Family pinball, the air hockey was well used by our twins, and my wife spent a bit of time trying to beat Guitar Hero Arcade too. (We’re a bit addicted to this game – we spent quite a bit of time on the unit at Four Quarters in Newcastle, too.)
Yes, there are other arcades in Whitby, and even some with vintage games; but this is – in my view – the best. You can find the Funland Amusements Casino Lounge and Retro Arcade at 24-30 Pier Road, Whitby, YO21 3PU, England. It overlooks the harbour, with plenty of places to eat nearby.
They’re also online, at www.funlandarcade.co.uk.
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