Facilities at Whitby Abbey


Car park located 10 metres from the entrance and 500 meters from the monument. Visitors may be set down by the entrance to the visitor centre, which is approx 200m from the monument; however all parking, including, disabled parking, is in the main car park.

Parking is chargeable and is owned and managed by Scarborough District Council.

Food and Drink

There is a café next door (not operated by English Heritage).

Picnic Area

Large open grassed areas with superb views are ideal for picnics.


The gift shop sells a range of delightful souvenirs, including items made of Whitby Jet, wine, books and many other English Heritage gifts.


Male and female toilet located in the council car park. (Not operated by English Heritage.)


Dogs on leads are allowed in certain areas of site.


Visitor Centre displays fascinating finds from the Anglo-Saxon, medieval and Cholmley periods. This is packed with computer-generated images and entertaining interactives: touchscreens allow visitors to question Whitby personalities, from Abbess Hild via a medieval monk to Bram Stoker.


There is a audio visual exhibition detailing the history of the site in the visitor centre.


The grounds feature acres of mown grass with seating dotted around to rest.There is a flat wheelchair route around the grounds with hard standing ramps into ruins for disabled access. Panoramic views.

Audio Tours

Audio Tour Availability
Audio tour (English only) with hearing loop included in admission price. Audio tour designed with visually impaired in mind.

Family Friendly

Baby Changing Facilities
Male and female toilet located in the council car park. (Not operated by English Heritage.)
Pushchairs Allowed


Family Learning
Specific family orientated special events held throughout the year, please see the Events page for details.

Please be aware

Pedestrian and vehicle access mixes at the main entrance.

Commercial Photography and Filming

English Heritage welcomes all photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures with us on Flickr and Facebook.

We do have some restrictions at certain locations, so if photography is your main reason for visiting, please call the site ahead of your visit to check if any parts of the site are restricted.

We are keen to promote the use of our sites to location managers. If you are interested please go to (Filming Locations) for more information and contacts.


Site Telephone
01947 603568
Customer Services
0870 333 1181
Tourist Information
Whitby: 01947 602674
Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire - YO22 4JT
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A guide book is available for this property.