Whitby Abbey



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Uncover the full story of these atmospheric ruins in their impressive clifftop location above the town. St Hilda’s original abbey was destroyed by Viking raiders. The abbey that replaced it was begun in the 11th century and was rebuilt on several occasions before being dismantled at the Dissolution; this is what you can see today, starkly silhouetted against the sky. The ruin suffered further damage in 1914, when two German battleships shelled the town and inadvertently hit the west front.

Whitby Abbey


  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Wheelchair loan, parking, drop off at entrance, ramp, lift, tour transcript, film subtitles, audiovisual exhibition, audio tour with hearing loop, tactile exhibits
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, Apr-Sep, daily 10-6; Oct, daily 10-5; 1-5 Nov, daily 10-4; 6 Nov-23 Dec & Jan-Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4 (Feb half term, daily 10-4); 27-30 Dec, daily 10-4 (last admission 30 mins before closing). Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan

About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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