Access at Whitby Abbey

Access information for the site is listed below. For more information, or if you have particular access needs, please contact us before you visit. Please note that some facilities may require booking in advance.

If you are a disabled visitor we offer the option to bring a companion or carer in for free to help you get more out of your visit.

Mobility/Older Visitors

Wheelchair loan Yes
Mobility Scooter loan No
Site Folders No
Accessible Toilets Yes
Adult changing area No
Handrails No
Easy-use cutlery No
Assistance Dogs Welcome Yes
Wheelchair Access
Features a wheelchair route of the site with ramps for access to the ruins.
Entrance/Set Down
Disabled visitors may be set down by the entrance to the visitor centre. There is a ramped entrance to site. Access to monument and grounds is via the visitor centre's lift up to the grounds.
Disabled Parking
2 disabled parking bays are located in the council car park.
Onsite Transport
No
Stairs
Steps to enter the nave.
Lift Access
Yes
Seating and rest points
Benches and rest points are dotted around the grounds.
Pathways: Surface and Gradients
Gravel pathways allow easy access to the site and ruins.
Dog Bowl and Toileting
No

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Blind/Visually Impaired

Braille Guides No
Braille Signage No
Handrails No
Accessible Toilets Yes
Torches No
Assistance Dogs Welcome Yes
Sensory Experiences
No information available
Audio Tours
Yes
Site Tours
No information available
Handling Objects
No information available
Tactile Models
Tactile exhibits in the visitor centre
Areas of Low Lighting
No information available
Colour contrasts
No information available
Large Print
No
Dog Bowl and Toileting
No

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Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Vibrating fire alarms No
Tour transcripts Yes
Film subtitles Yes
BSL Tours No
Assistance Dogs Welcome Yes
Induction Loops
Available at the admissions desk and on request to accompany the audio tour.
Audio installation transcripts
No
Dog Bowl and Toileting
No

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Learning Difficulties

Accessible Toilets Yes
Adult changing area No
Easy-use cutlery No
Basic language audio tours
No information available
Easy Read Material
Yes
Large print Material
Large print sheet with a basic overview on the Abbey.
Dyslexia Friendly Material
No information available
Sensory Experiences
No information available
Handling Objects
No information available

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Culinary/Dietary

Easy-use cutlery No
Bottle/food Warming
Child Size Portions
Highchairs
Special Diets
No information available

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Health and Safety

Deep Water
There is an open pond that is both obvious and signed.
Trip Hazard
No information available
Sheer Drop
Some drops on site these are signed.
Slip Hazard
Grass and stone areas may be slippery when wet.
Steep Slope
The grounds are mainly flat with some undulation.
Steep Stairs
Please note: from the Whitby harbour area, the abbey can only be directly reached on foot via the 199 'abbey steps' (or Caedmon's Trod): alternatively a well-signposted road leads from the town outskirts to the cliff top abbey.
Beware of Traffic
Pedestrian and vehicle access mixes at the main entrance.
Uneven Ground
Some undulation

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Contact

Site Telephone
01947 603568
Customer Services
0870 333 1181
Tourist Information
Whitby: 01947 602674
Address
Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire - YO22 4JT
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