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Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Inage courtesy of Richard Wood

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Whitby Abbey with it's gaunt, imposing remains, recently named Britain’s most romantic ruin is set high on a cliff above the Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby. Founded in 657 by St Hilda, Whitby Abbey has over the years been a bustling settlement, a kings’ burial place, the setting for a historic meeting between Celtic and Roman clerics, the home of saints including the poet Caedmon, and inspiration for Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. Discover how over 2,000 years of history make the Abbey one of England’s most important archaeological sites. And at the interactive visitor centre your family can view archaeological finds spectacular audio-visual displays.

An exciting new addition to Whitby Abbey will be unveiled at the start of the 2009 season. A replica of the famous Borghese gladiator statue, the original of which is in the Paris Louvre, will be installed in the Abbey's 17th Century courtyard to replace the lost statue that previously stood guard on the site. The life-size bronze replica will be the final touch to the revamping of Whitby Abbey's visitor experience centre which includes a new visitor entrance point close to the 199 steps.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Disabled accessDogs acceptedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impairedLift access

Opening details

1 Apr - 30 Sep, daily 10am-6pm
1 Oct-3 Nov, daily 10am-5pm
4 Nov-23 Dec, Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm
24-25 Dec, Closed
26 Dec - 5 Jan, daily 10am-4pm
6 Jan - 16 Feb,Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm
17 Feb-31 Mar, daily 10am-4pm

Gift Aid
Adult Conc. Child Family
£9.80 £8.80 £5.90 £25.50

Non- Gift Aid
Adult Conc. Child Family
£8.90 £8.00 £5.30 £23.10
(Group prices)
£7.57 £6.80 £4.51


2018 prices -->
Member: FREE
Adult (without gift aid): £7.90
Adult (with gift aid): £8.70
Child (5-7, without gift aid): £4.70
Child (5-7, with gift aid): £5.20
Concession (without gift aid): £7.10
Concession (with gift aid): £7.90
Family (2 adults and 3 children, without gift aid): £20.50
Family (2 adults and 3 children, with gift aid): £22.60


Whitby Abbey,
North Yorkshire,
YO22 4JT



See location of Whitby Abbey - CLOSED on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: NZ 901112  Lat: 54.48815 Long: -0.61064

By Road:
Situated on the East Cliff. Follow signs to town centre and then pick up brown signs to Abbey.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Whitby station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired
  • Lift accessLift access

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities


  • YesWheelchairs provided


  • YesRamp to entrance