We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Whitby Abbey

Whitby, England, Whitby, England
Update attraction details
Ranked #8 of 19 attractions in Whitby
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
303 visitor photos
Write a Review

907 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Cirencester, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

English Heritage own this so there is an entrance fee which as usual with their attractions is not great value but if you want to really see the Abbey then you have to cough up. We also bought a guide book as unless you have a good knowledge of abandoned monasteries then some of the ruins do not resemble anything.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We visited here and it was cold cloudy and overcast.....it only added to the eeriness. The visit well worth the money. The staff are above helpful told us about other sites to visit.Views were spectacular. Don't visit Whitby without visiting the Abbey.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Worcester, UK
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
55 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Really pretty but make sure you pick up the free audio guide, it really does help bring the building alive and explain things, if you don't you will be around it in 10 minutes tops

Was this review helpful? Yes
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I came here as a child and was looking forward to taking my other half up the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey. I was very disappointed to have to pay a large entrance fee to get near the Abbey. Some places ought to be free entry...in my view the Abbey is one. I know there is the usual argument about... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

One can now understand why it was used to base "Dracula" (the story) on. It must have been majestic in its day but now a spectacular ruin.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The ruins are crowded in the sunshine and almost inhospitable in the cold, but if you brave either you are rewarded with beauty, views and history.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We share many reviewers' opinions that commerce has overtaken the desire for all to enjoy these ruins. Having visited Rievaulx Abbey earlier in the day we were looking forward to Whitby Abbey. The wall does indeed detract from the view but we were able to take photographs anyway.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

As a boy, this was the jewel of Whitby, if not of the entirety of North Yorkshire. I used to feel so proud - I have taken groups of Dutch students and read passages from Dracula to them, I have invigourated dormant intellectuals by visits here and to nearby Rievaulx. And now, the grubby hand of commerce has stripped education... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Both the Abbey and visitor centre are a must when visiting Whitby. Great opportunities for photographs and lots of interesting history to find out about. Also nice basic coffee shop on site.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

It's a high headland and the abbey stands at one of the highest points. Even on a good day it's windy up there. Make sure you have the right clothes and you'll enjoy it more. Accept the offer of an audio tour and make sure you listen to 'Brother William' at each stop. That really helps bring the place to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Whitby Abbey also viewed

Whitby, North Yorkshire

Been to Whitby Abbey? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Whitby Abbey, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing