A school visit to Whitby Abbey is a unique experience. 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?
A visit to Whitby Abbey offers cross curriculum links across the key stages:
- KS1 History: significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
- KS2 History: Anglo-Saxon art and culture; Christian conversion
- KS2-3 History: A local history study
- KS2-3 Religious Studies: Religion in daily life, why was an abbey built on the site and who lived there?
- KS3 History: a study of an aspect or site in local history dating from a period before 1066; the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
Free Self-led Visits
We offer free entry to qualifying learning groups. Book a free education visit and lead your visit to Whitby Abbey in your own way. Download our Teachers' Kit for site information and activity suggestions for before, during and after your visit.Enquire now
Expert-Led Discovery Visits
Bring Whitby Abbey to life and let us lead a Discovery Visit for you. Our session is interactive and immersive, and has been specifically designed to meet the needs of your students. This session has been developed for KS2 learners and can be adapted for KS1 and KS3. It explores life in Anglo-Saxon monasteries and the lives of medieval Benedictine monks.
Our Discovery Visit has been adapted to follow health and safety guidelines and will still offer your students a quality and fun learning experience.Find out more
Plan Your Trip
We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page.
Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.
Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.
Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!
Whitby Abbey Teachers' Kit (KS1-KS4+)
Our Teachers’ Kits feature historical information and activity suggestions for group leaders of various subjects and key stages.
Teaching Anglo-Saxons and Normans
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of the Anglo-Saxons and Normans.
Teaching Medieval History
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of medieval history.
A Mini Guide to Medieval Monks
Find out more about different medieval monastic orders with our short animation.
Postcard from Whitby Abbey
Take to the skies above Whitby Abbey to discover the site and its surroundings.
Local Learning: Whitby Abbey
Discover the unique historic environment around Whitby Abbey with our historical information, suggested activities and video resources.
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.