Whitby Abbey
Whitby Abbey
4.5
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Amanda F
    Manchester, United Kingdom123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dramatic ruins don’t disappoint
    Whitby Abbey never disappoints. Its dramatic setting up on the cliffs and beautiful ruins make for a winning combination. We also enjoyed the museum although it might have made more of St Hilda’s eminence at a time before women were excluded from decision making in the Church. You get beautiful views over the town and can enjoy reading the ancient gravestones in the Church
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2023
  • Trudy H
    Maesteg, United Kingdom92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Whitby at its best
    A wonderful day out at Whitby and Whitby Abbey. Spectacular views from the Abbey, beautiful surrounds and lovely coffee at the tea rooms. Seems to be a million steps to get up there but the open top tour bus is highly recommended. Gift shop/ museum and the old church were all very interesting.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2023
  • Kelly H
    Bristol, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Whitby abbey
    Stunning architecture lovely few hours spent in a very picturesque location. Small shop selling bram stoker's dracula merch along with other products. Whitby Abbey as inspirational in the writing of dracula apparently
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 June 2023
  • Ros M
    World22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning ruin
    This is such a frequently photographed building that I thought I knew what it would be like. It was way better than that. It really is an impressive ruin, and the setting by the church and graveyard, and on top of the cliff just adds to it. We had a lovely couple of hours pottering around here and a nice sandwich lunch in the YHA cafe.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 3 June 2023
  • Hadeer
    Muscat, Oman14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Journey Through Time: My Visit to Whitby Abbey
    As a tourist exploring the historic town of Whitby, visiting the Whitby Abbey was at the top of my list. And I have to say, it exceeded my expectations. Walking through the ruins of the ancient abbey, I was transported back in time to a bygone era. The view of the abbey from the top was simply breathtaking, and I couldn't resist taking several photos to capture the essence of my experience. The museum located on the premises provided an in-depth understanding of the abbey's history and significance, which was fascinating. The staff was informative and helpful and added to the overall experience. Whether you're an architecture enthusiast or just want to experience a slice of history, Whitby Abbey is an excellent destination that you should add to your travel itinerary. I left feeling enriched and inspired, and I am sure you will too.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 June 2023
  • Helen H
    Driffield, United Kingdom2,612 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A jolly good scare on a dark night
    The inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula and you can see why. Near the top of the cliffs, this is an impressive building and you can see why it was the inspiration for the story. Beautiful building, with a rich history. Worth a visit, especially if a Dracula fan!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 June 2023
  • nataliesY1126RP
    Doncaster, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    It always makes for a great trip, the Abbey is a marvel, the museum is full of things for young and old. The staff are always lovely and helpful. And always a bonus if you are an English Heritage member...x
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • sfmann106
    Colchester, United Kingdom923 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic abbey on a prominent position overlooking the town
    Iconic English Heritage property, high up overlooking the harbour in Whitby. Like so many, this was dissolved under henry Vlll, so the remains are what is visible today, which in a way is sad not to see it 'whole' but the position and condition just add to the atmospheric attraction of the place. Climb the famous 199 steps, past the church on the left (great views back down to the harbour, town and River Esk) and then visit the abbey itself. There's an excellent museum at the exit of the site as well and also a gift shop where you can buy Abbey related merchandise. Also worth popping into the YHA garden next door and the small cafe, also overlooking the town. There is a roadway up and a carpark for those who don't want to climb the steps.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • CJTGlasgow
    Glasgow, United Kingdom464 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive monument
    Climbed the 199 steps up to the Abbey and enjoyed the spectacular views of the coastline. It’s very peaceful as you walk around the outside of the Abbey ruins, would have been nice to have some information boards though to tell you some of the history of this special place. I sat and looked it up online and enjoyed finding out about the Abbey and it’s connections with both Christianity and literature! The museum has lots of information and the shop has interesting items as well as the usual stuff. As a renewing member of Historic Scotland, I got free entry! It’s £14 otherwise, which is quite pricey but obviously helps English Heritage. Well worth a visit. (If the steps are too much, there is a car park near the top and the open top bus also makes a stop here)
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Hannah T
    Hasland, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love at first sight
    I came here a few days ago with my neighbours Betty and Alan and we had a love at first sight experience with this monumental structure. It really struck my soul how Henry VIII reign effected this magnificent monastery!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 July 2023
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Bunkry Loon
Stonehaven, UK302 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It's obviously a must see if you're visiting Whitby, and a nice view from the top of the steps.

You can explore the ruins and then there's a museum where we learnt all the different stages the abbey went through, and how many years it took for eage stage to be constructed.

Perhaps I missed it, but there was nothing to explain the Dracula link though.

Visit if you've never been, but probably not somewhere you'd need to return to the next time you're in Whitby.
Written 20 April 2024
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Stuart B
Carshalton, UK530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It’s worth the climb of the 199 steps to get to the abbey. The day we were there we had a gale force wind to battle with. Easy to walk around and explore.

The only negative comment is about the English Heritage employee who was hard selling membership to the EH. She tried very hard to get us to exchange the cost of entry which was very off putting.
Written 19 April 2024
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tartnjohn
Olney, UK2,428 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Despite a long trek up 199 steps, we decided to visit this impressive English Heritage site.
Being a non member of EH, we paid what I considered reasonable dues and went in. First thing which hit us was........... the wind. Blowing a gale so anyone who decides to follow our footsteps on a cold and windy day, wrap up well.
The building is immense and it's almost impossible to get a feel for what it looked like back in its heyday. Just how did the builders get that stone up there, never mind then building it into the structure which would have been magnificent in its day.
The views from the site are amazing and the photographic opportunity it provides cannot be missed be it the building, the sourrounds or the landscapes which are visible from such a height.
Before we got weatherbeaten, we wandered over to the visitor centre which in itself is a 17th Century building which is being renovated.

Cholmley House is a 17th Century building which has seen many changes and a visit is well worthwhile as it is included in your entrance fee. A lot of work is being carried out so we would hope to revisit at some point in the future when it is complete. I'm sure it will be worthwhile. Lots of stories, artifacts and exhibits which are still being put together but enought to keep attention. The staff are excellent and having a chat with one of them, brought so much of the place into perspective and gave a good feel for the times past.

One major issue though! Wanting to take something back to my grandchildren we had a wander round the shop. Just the thing. A cellophane bag of chocolate buttons - no more than 10-12 in each. Ideal for kids so picking them up and taking them to the counter, I was gobsmacked at the price - £5.95 EACH. That would be almost £12 for some chocolate buttons. Needless to say, they were refused the sale.
Considering that we had just purchased a guide book, fully illustrated, on glossy thick paper which no doubt took considerable time and energy to produce and was being sold for less than two bags of chocolate buttons, says it all!!! The difference between profit and profiteering is slim and probably only defined by the payer but for a charitable organisation to charge so much for an item which at best, was worth half the price we were being asked to pay is, in my opinion, bad.

That last issue excepted, the entire time spent up on the hill was worthwhile and certainly will be repeated.
Written 17 April 2024
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sarahcK781SR
Weston super Mare, UK454 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Impressive ruined Abbey, lovely to walk around, good parking at top of hill. Toilets and little shop. Well worth a visit and you can access harbour by steps.
Written 14 April 2024
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stuolimax
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It is what it is, a ruin of an abbey, it’s of course very historical, but the most important part of it is the grounds and the history that surrounds it, this is the site where the christian leaders in the uk voted to abandon Celtic christianity and adopt the Roman church, this moment in history has echoed through time and still does today down to the fact the vote was not unanimous, the monks of Lindisfarne were also at the meeting and voted against becoming roman catholic as a result they went on to travel around the other Celtic regions of the UK (Scotland, Ireland, Wales) to inform those peoples of the result of the reform vote which created a divide that still exists even to today. for me it it not worth the entrance fee unless you want to feet your feet on ground that is historical and have an interest in that event, of course other things are associated with the Abbey later in time, including the destruction by Henry VIII, as well as the association with Dracula,
Written 8 April 2024
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Manny Minpin
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Have wanted to visit from years- and was on holiday in the area. It didn’t disappoint. The abbey is beautiful and it was great to see it up close. The museum was interesting and an opportunity to warm up as the abbey is in a draughty location! We loved it.
Written 4 April 2024
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Jessica G
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
English Heritage does it again.

The ruins look spectacular from every angle, and back in the day you would be running out of film, taking photos of this magnificent site. The museum is interesting with some nice pieces nodding to the Abbey’s connection to Bram Stoker. Be sure to grab an audio guide too, as it adds so much more context to what you are seeing.

Car park is massive. We paid for 6 hours, left the car there and walked down to the town and back again. If we came again, we would do the same again.

Take water and something to create shade as in imagine in the summer sun it will be sweltering up there. The youth hostel next door has a fab dog friendly cafe too!
Written 3 April 2024
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B T
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
An imposing ruin that stands above the town, Whitby Abbey has become an iconic image. Some see it as an inspiration for Dracula’s Castle and, in the mist and drizzle, it was easy to see why. The entry price is a bit steep but the opportunity to get up close and inside the ruins wasn’t to be missed. The photos were worth the price of admission. The wet weather meant that it probably wasn’t as busy, which was also good for photos.

On site detail is maybe a bit sparse but an audio guide and museum fills in the gaps. There was also the chance to sample alcohol in the shop which was a welcome warmer.

A very, very enjoyable visit on the whole. The one sour note was the behaviour of another visitor at the Abbey entrance.

As a group of people ducked under a barrier and made to go straight into the Abbey, the lone member of staff on duty approached them and POLITELY asked about seeing their tickets. A perfectly reasonable action. From some distance away in the opposite direction (and well out of view of the staff member) an angry man began shouting that he had the tickets. How this poor Abbey worker could possibly know that was not clear. Surely it would have made more sense for the group to enter TOGETHER by the obvious, indicated route? The staff member was then shouted at by this visitor who screamed that the Abbey worker should have “held his horses” (by which time the barrier duckers would have been inside, presumably without a ticket). I highlight this only because the member of staff (I wish I had asked for his name) was clearly just doing his job and was utterly professional, even in the face of a sudden unwarranted attack that must have taken him by surprise (as it did us). The abuse he received was unnecessary and OTT, yet the Abbey worker was perfectly polite and reasonable. There were children present and, out of the two men, it was blatantly obvious who the role model was. It wasn't the visitor.

I don’t know if the staff member in question was paid or a volunteer but, if he is an employee, he certainly earned his money. In fact, we couldn’t fault the courtesy or good humour of any of the staff. We intend to return; hopefully choosing a day when the angry “horse holder” isn’t visiting.
Written 3 April 2024
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StAnnes1983
Lytham St Anne's, UK72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We enjoyed our walk around the Abbey along with the children’s Easter Egg hunt. The museum is quite small but has some very interesting artefacts. You can even put your original entrance fee towards the cost of joining English heritage at the end if you think you may visit more sites. It cost about £40 for a family of 4.
Written 3 April 2024
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Mais
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Loved seeing this iconic Abbey ruins. We booked to go in at 10am which I would highly recommend there was only us and a few others walking around so got some great pictures.

By 11am coach trips and school children had arrived so nowhere near as peaceful.

The museum at the end was a nice surprise and the gift shop had some great Whitby themed souvenirs.
Written 23 March 2024
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