Discovery Visits at Whitby Abbey

Let our site experts bring the history of Whitby Abbey to life with an interactive Discovery Visit for up to 30 students. Our new session available from Spring 2019 has been created to provide a hands-on learning experience.

Expert-led visits

The Whitby Abbey Story: Monks, Monasteries and Medieval Life

KS2, KS3

Discover why Whitby Abbey was founded here and how it has changed through time. On an interactive expert-led tour, your class will investigate evidence of the Anglo-Saxon monastery, learn about what archaeological techniques can tell us about the past, and explore what life was like in the later Benedictine monastery, imagining what it was like to be a monk.

  • Availability: 1 November to 16 February: Wednesday to Friday during term time, 17 February to 31 October: Monday to Friday during term time
  • Session lasts for 1 1/4 hours
  • £100
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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.

Planning Your Visit

Planning your visit couldn’t be easier with the help of our resources. However if you need more details or have specific questions about your trip or our Free Self-Led or Expert Led visits, please get in touch with our Education Booking Team on 0370 333 0606

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