Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey is now open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. 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. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

Welcome to Whitby Abbey

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. To book your visit, click the button below.

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.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Site entrance - All visitor access is now via the Headland car park entrance. If you approach the site via the 199 steps, please follow the abbey curtain wall round to the entrance.
  • Abbey - The Abbey and grounds will be open with a one way system in operation.
  • Museum - The exhibition will be open.
  • Shop - The shop will be open for ticket holders only.
  • Toilets - The Council operated toilets near the site entrance are open as usual. The visitor centre toilets remain closed.
  • Summer Explorer Quest - This summer, from 18 July, take your family on a free fun adventure quest. Dowload your trail map here.
  • Face coverings - Face coverings must be worn in Whitby Abbey's indoor shop and all other indoor spaces. We won't be able to give you a face covering so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

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Things To See And Do

Fancy dress competition

This half term, we have teamed up with North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Pickering Castle to give you a chance to win a full day out visiting all three venues. To enter the competition, put on your fancy frightening dress, snap a picture while visiting one of the above places and tag either Whitby Abbey or North Yorkshire Moors Railway in your Facebook post. Entries must be made between 24 Oct - 1 Nov 2020 and the winner will be chosen on Friday 6 November. 

Please also read our Terms & Conditions. 

Terms & Conditions

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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