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

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Prices start from£6.00 per ticket

Please visit business website for current prices.

Events

Saturday, 20th August 2022 - Saturday, 20th August 2022

Sunday, 21st August 2022 - Sunday, 21st August 2022

Dracula! at Whitby AbbeyDracula! at Whitby Abbey
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Saturday, 27th August 2022 - Saturday, 27th August 2022

Sunday, 28th August 2022 - Sunday, 28th August 2022

Monday, 29th August 2022 - Monday, 29th August 2022

Vikings!Vikings!
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Saturday, 22nd October 2022 - Saturday, 22nd October 2022

Sunday, 23rd October 2022 - Sunday, 23rd October 2022

Monday, 24th October 2022 - Monday, 24th October 2022

Tuesday, 25th October 2022 - Tuesday, 25th October 2022

Wednesday, 26th October 2022 - Wednesday, 26th October 2022

Thursday, 27th October 2022 - Thursday, 27th October 2022

Friday, 28th October 2022 - Friday, 28th October 2022

Saturday, 29th October 2022 - Saturday, 29th October 2022

Sunday, 30th October 2022 - Sunday, 30th October 2022

Halloween Half TermHalloween Half Term
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Facilities

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted

Facilities

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

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
  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS Gold VistEngland VAQAS Gold 2018
  • Other AwardsEnglish Heritage English Heritage 2016
  • Membership SchemeDiscover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member Discover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member 2021

Opening Times

Whitby Abbey (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Oct 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Whitby Abbey (1 Nov 2022 - 23 Dec 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* Closed: Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th December 2022
Open: Monday 26th 2022 to Sunday 1st 2023 - 10:00 till 16:00
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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