Whitby Abbey English Heritage

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The grounds and interior spaces at Whitby Abbey are open.

Measures are still in place to keep everyone safe.

We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers

Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

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.

Whitby Abbey has been inspiring visitors for nearly 1500 years – now it’s your turn.

Follow in the footsteps of artists, writers and religious leaders to explore the soaring gothic ruins and to take in the stunning sea views.

This year, there's more to see at Whitby Abbey than ever before. You can uncover centuries of history with the new interactive guide, and visit the revamped museum to find out more about how the abbey inspired Caedmon, the first named English poet, and Bram Stoker, the author of 'Dracula'. 

The entrance to the abbey is fully accessible, and you’ll find improved facilities in the visitor centre, including a bigger shop.

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Guide Prices

PRICES
WITH DONATION WITHOUT DONATION
Member - Join now Free Free
Adult £11.00 £10.00
Child (5-17 years) £6.60 £6.00
Concession tool-tip £9.90 £9.00
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) £28.60 £26.00
Family (1 adult, up to 3 children) £17.60 £16.00

Overseas Visitor Pass (9 or 16 days unlimited) - Buy now

Events

Sunday, 24th October 2021 - Sunday, 24th October 2021

Monday, 25th October 2021 - Monday, 25th October 2021

Tuesday, 26th October 2021 - Tuesday, 26th October 2021

Wednesday, 27th October 2021 - Wednesday, 27th October 2021

Thursday, 28th October 2021 - Thursday, 28th October 2021

Friday, 29th October 2021 - Friday, 29th October 2021

Saturday, 30th October 2021 - Saturday, 30th October 2021

Sunday, 31st October 2021 - Sunday, 31st October 2021

Illuminated AbbeyIlluminated Abbey
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Sunday, 24th October 2021 - Sunday, 24th October 2021

Monday, 25th October 2021 - Monday, 25th October 2021

Tuesday, 26th October 2021 - Tuesday, 26th October 2021

Wednesday, 27th October 2021 - Wednesday, 27th October 2021

Thursday, 28th October 2021 - Thursday, 28th October 2021

Friday, 29th October 2021 - Friday, 29th October 2021

Saturday, 30th October 2021 - Saturday, 30th October 2021

Sunday, 31st October 2021 - Sunday, 31st October 2021

Black iron fence with orange pumpkin lights wrapped aroundThe Wizards of Once Halloween Quest
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Saturday, 27th November 2021 - Saturday, 27th November 2021

Sunday, 28th November 2021 - Sunday, 28th November 2021

Saturday, 4th December 2021 - Saturday, 4th December 2021

Sunday, 5th December 2021 - Sunday, 5th December 2021

Saturday, 11th December 2021 - Saturday, 11th December 2021

Sunday, 12th December 2021 - Sunday, 12th December 2021

Saturday, 18th December 2021 - Saturday, 18th December 2021

Sunday, 19th December 2021 - Sunday, 19th December 2021

Sunday, 26th December 2021 - Sunday, 26th December 2021

Monday, 27th December 2021 - Monday, 27th December 2021

Tuesday, 28th December 2021 - Tuesday, 28th December 2021

Wednesday, 29th December 2021 - Wednesday, 29th December 2021

Thursday, 30th December 2021 - Thursday, 30th December 2021

Friday, 31st December 2021 - Friday, 31st December 2021

Saturday, 1st January 2022 - Saturday, 1st January 2022

Sunday, 2nd January 2022 - Sunday, 2nd January 2022

Outdoor lamp covered in snow and dressed with a red bowChristmas Adventure Quest
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Saturday, 19th February 2022 - Saturday, 19th February 2022

Sunday, 20th February 2022 - Sunday, 20th February 2022

Monday, 21st February 2022 - Monday, 21st February 2022

Tuesday, 22nd February 2022 - Tuesday, 22nd February 2022

Wednesday, 23rd February 2022 - Wednesday, 23rd February 2022

Thursday, 24th February 2022 - Thursday, 24th February 2022

Friday, 25th February 2022 - Friday, 25th February 2022

Saturday, 26th February 2022 - Saturday, 26th February 2022

Sunday, 27th February 2022 - Sunday, 27th February 2022

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Passenger lift

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road:Situated on the East Cliff. Follow signs to town centre and then pick up brown signs to Abbey.Accessible by Public Transport: Whitby station is 0 miles away.

Whitby Abbey

Type:Abbey

Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT
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Tel01947 603568

Awards

  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
  • Visit EnglandVisitEngland Destination Spa VisitEngland Destination Spa 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsWelcome To Yorkshire Member Welcome To Yorkshire Member 2020
  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS Gold VistEngland VAQAS Gold 2018
  • Other AwardsEnglish Heritage English Heritage 2016
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020
  • Membership SchemeDiscover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member Discover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member 2021

Opening Times

Whitby Abbey (12 Apr 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00
Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
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* You don’t need to book your visit in advance, but you will always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit.
You can book your advance ticket online up to 9am on the day you want to visit.









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