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Whitby Abbey


Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT

Tel: 01947 603568

Whitby Abbey

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About us

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.

Opening Times

* Open from Wednesday 15th February to Sunday 19th February from 10am - 4pm.

Monday 20th February to Sunday 26th February from 10am - 4pm.

March onwards Wednesday to Sunday weekly.

Guide Prices

English Heritage Member - Free of charge.
Child (5-15).

See website for up-to-date prices.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired


  • Picnic site

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted


  • Visit EnglandVisitEngland Destination Spa VisitEngland Destination Spa 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsWelcome To Yorkshire Member Welcome To Yorkshire Member 2016
  • Other AwardsEnglish Heritage English Heritage 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsDiscover Yorkshire Coast local members logo Discover Yorkshire Coast local members logo 2017

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.

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