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Abbey, next open Mon 3 Nov 2014 - Sun 15 Feb 2015


Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey the most romantic ruin

Whitby Abbey the most romantic ruin



Whitby Abbey

01947 603568


Whitby Abbey,
North Yorkshire,
YO22 4JT


Whitby Abbey with it's gaunt, imposing remains, recently named Britain’s most romantic ruin is set high on a cliff above the Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby. Founded in 657 by St Hilda, Whitby Abbey has over the years been a bustling settlement, a kings’ burial place, the setting for a historic meeting between Celtic and Roman clerics, the home of saints including the poet Caedmon, and inspiration for Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. Discover how over 2,000 years of history make the Abbey one of England’s most important archaeological sites. And at the interactive visitor centre your family can view archaeological finds spectacular audio-visual displays.

An exciting new addition to Whitby Abbey will be unveiled at the start of the 2009 season. A replica of the famous Borghese gladiator statue, the original of which is in the Paris Louvre, will be installed in the Abbey's 17th Century courtyard to replace the lost statue that previously stood guard on the site. The life-size bronze replica will be the final touch to the revamping of Whitby Abbey's visitor experience centre which includes a new visitor entrance point close to the 199 steps.

Disabled accessDisabled toiletsPicnic site

Disabled accessDogs acceptedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Mon 3 Nov 2014 - Sun 15 Feb 2015 Sat - Sun 10:00 to 16:00
Open as normal on Bank Holidays (Summer) Closed 24-26 31 December and 1 January.


Adults £6.40
Concession £5.80
Children £3.80
Family Ticket £16.60 (2 adults + 3 Children)
Free entry for English Heritage members and Overseas Visitor Pass holders.


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Map reference: NZ 901112  Lat: 54.48815 Long: -0.61064

By Road:
Situated on the East Cliff. Follow signs to town centre and then pick up brown signs to Abbey.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Whitby station


  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired
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