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.

Direction Map
Address
Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT

Please note changes to the 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.

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.

    Book Tickets

    Booking FAQs

  • 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 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.

     

    Plan your Visit

  • 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.

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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