School Visits

A school visit to Whitby Abbey is a unique experience where we offer free self-led visits. Having endured coastal erosion and stormy weather, destruction during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under the rule of King Henry VIII and shellfire from German naval ships during the First World War, Whitby Abbey remains an iconic landmark along the North Yorkshire coastline. But what was life like at the founding monastery during the 7th century? 

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A costumed captain and schoolboy in front of the Abbey

curriculum links

A visit to Whitby Abbey offers curriculum links across 3 key stages:

  • KS1: Pupils will gain knowledge of the lives of significant individuals and past events. 
  • KS2: Christian conversion of the British Isles. 
  • KS3: Society, economy and culture. Work and leisure in town and country, religion and superstition in daily life, art, music and literature.    
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free school visits

We offer free entry to qualifying learning groups.

Book a free education visit and lead your own visit in your own way. We have plenty of online resources available to download and use in the classroom before, during and after your visit.


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Facilities for Learning Groups

  • A free site visit to help you plan your school trip 
  • 20% discount on the official EH site guidebook. 
  • The Whitby Heritage Trail encourages you and your students to discover more about Whitby’s history and heritage, and can be booked in advance. 
  • School goodie bags available - please ring site for details
  • Our performing Arts resource enables students to bring the abbey to life through drama and story-telling using Flip Cams. This resource should be booked in advance
  • The interactive visitor centre in the Cholmley Mansion brings to life the history of the abbey and houses many archaeological finds. Your group can book to use this facility.
  • Parking is located 10 metres from the entrance
  • Plenty of room for picnics in the grounds; however, we have no wet weather cover

teaching resources

Teacher's Kit: Whitby Abbey

Teacher's Kit: Whitby Abbey


Opening Times for Education Groups:

  • November and March - Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • December and February - Mondays only

Learn With Us

Learn more about the history of Whitby Abbey to enhance your school visit experience.

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