Whitby Abbey

The grounds of Whitby Abbey are open. Our shop is open but all other indoor areas remain closed, and safety measures are in place to keep everyone safe. You need to book your visit in advance. Please keep in mind the government’s latest advice on travelling. Find out more below.

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • What changes have you made to your facilities?
    • Abbey - The Abbey and grounds will be open with a one way system in operation.
    • Museum - The exhibition is closed.
    • Shop - The shop is open. 
    • Toilets - The Council operated toilets near the site entrance are open as usual. The visitor centre toilets remain closed.

    Plan your Visit

  • Visiting Whitby Abbey after 20 May

    Please note that Whitby Abbey will be closed between 17 - 20 May due to filming. Our interior spaces will then open on 21 May, in line with government guidelines. At Whitby Abbey this includes the museum and visitor centre.

    The shop will also open.

    Face coverings are required within all of our interior spaces.
    We have additional Covid-secure measures in place including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers.


  • How are you keeping us 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.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    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.

What's On

Revamping Whitby Abbey

In 2019 we invested almost £1.6 million to transform Whitby Abbey and celebrate the history of this iconic landmark.

Explore 3,000 years of history in the new permanent exhibition with dramatic displays of unique objects and an interactive guide. 

You will also be able to enjoy new improved facilities, making sure you get the most out of your visit. 

Learn more

Top Tip

In Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula leapt up Whitby’s 199 steps disguised as a huge black dog – you can still reach the abbey by climbing the steps today.

More things to see and do

Whitby Abbey Video

  • Postcard from Whitby Abbey

  • Illuminated Abbey

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