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? 

Curriculum links

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. 


Expert-Led Discovery Visits

Bring Whitby Abbey to life and let us lead a Discovery Visit for you. Our sessions are interactive, hands-on and immersive, and have been specifically designed to meet the needs of your students. Our brand new session for KS2 and KS3 explores life in Anglo-Saxon monasteries and the lives of medieval Benedictine monks.

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Plan Your Trip

We  have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. 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 for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: The main car park is located 10 metres from the site entrance and 250 metres from the abbey ruins. Parking is chargeable and is owned and managed by Scarborough Borough Council. Disabled parking spaces are available in the main car park and there is a ramped entrance to the site. 
    • LUNCH: There is a café next door to the abbey, operated by the Youth Hostel Association. The large open grassed areas in the abbey grounds have superb views and are ideal for picnics.
    • TOILETS: Toilets are located on the ground floor of the Visitor Centre and in the car park. Both locations are accessible to wheelchair users. Please note: the toilets in the car park are owned and managed by Scarborough Borough Council and incur a small charge.
    • SHOP: The shop is well-stocked with a wide range of memorabilia for your students to purchase and take home.
    • VISITOR CENTRE: The interactive museum in the Visitor Centre brings to life the history of the abbey and the site's many archaeological finds. Your group can book to use this facility.
  • Learning Resources

    A Teachers' Kit is a free educational tool packed with everything you need to give your group a deep insight into the place you are visiting. Featuring historical information, suggestions for activities, and high-quality images, this resource is a comprehensive toolkit for group leaders of various subjects and key stages. Kits also include key site information, facilities, plans and hazard information.

  • How to book

    Bookings are best made online and we will contact you within 5 days of your enquiry.

    0370 333 0606

  • Education Opening Times

    • 1 April to 30 September: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
    • 1 October to 3 November: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
    • 4 November to 23 December: Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
    • 24 to 25 December: Closed
    • 26 December to 5 January: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
    • 6 January to 16 February: Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
    • 17 February to 31 March: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 16.00

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