Whitby Abbey
Whitby Abbey
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Kelly H
    Bristol, United Kingdom7 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
    Traveled with family
    Written June 2, 2023
  • Ros M
    World26 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 June 3, 2023
  • Hadeer
    Muscat, Oman100 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Helen H
    Driffield, United Kingdom3,605 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 20, 2023
  • nataliesY1126RP
    Doncaster, United Kingdom57 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • sfmann106
    Colchester, United Kingdom1,102 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • CJTGlasgow
    Glasgow, United Kingdom670 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
    Traveled solo
    Written July 19, 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Ali0818
    London, United Kingdom332 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good on a sunny day
    We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed exploring the ruins of the abbey. There was lots to see and do and climb on and over. There is a small museum alongside which gives ok information and has great low down hidden funds for little ones. I did find it disappointing that there were no informative boards all around the ruins explaining what each area is and what it did etc. this would have definitely enhanced my experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Emma G
    Northampton, United Kingdom60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full day family day out even evening pub
    Great day out for family fun. Very windy when we went but perfict to explore and understand the history. Stunning view. Great cafe and great shop to spend. Car park at one entrance for disability the other entrance is 199 steps to climb. Just warning the carpark outside the village is council not heritage car park u may need to pay by mobile as the machine not been working for a while. After exploring or before there is a Whitby village with lots of shop and food restaurants to eats. Also there are beach too. A full day worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
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TravelAdz
Manchester, UK53 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We were really disappointed by the experience- at £11 a ticket it was quite pricey.

The scenery is amazing and a lot of great photos can be taken with the impressive outlook. The museum is small but does give some interesting information about the history of the Abbey and shows some artefacts. Doesn’t take long to meander through the whole setup at all.

The most disappointing element was the poor signage. As you approach (luckily after booking online beforehand for 10am) we, and many others, followed the signs dutifully from the ‘main entrance’ to the car park. Once there we continued to follow the wall as the signs said... going all the way around the Abbey!

It is not clear AT ALL how to access the Abbey and where to queue and we felt especially sorry for an elderly couple who had walked around twice. The gardener helped us and she explained to wait by the toilets- by the time we made it back the shutters were up (hadn’t even noticed them!) and a queue had formed. People for 11am were then queuing and only one person was scanning visitors in.

Completely understand the situation at the moment but a simple sign saying “You’ve gone too far” or “queue here for 10am” would help. When we mentioned it to the man in the shop, who was discussing the situation with the elderly couple, he responded “Well we don’t open until 10am and you were here before then so we wouldn’t put a sign out or anything until gone 10 anyway” ? !!

Written August 25, 2020
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Ruins with beautiful architecture. I personally enjoyed the walk and experience but as a family we Visited on a wet and windy half term holiday, Nothing for young kids to do really on a day like this. Park at the tourist information in town or train station, walk over the bridge and up through the town, climb the 199 steps, walk around the outside of the priory it costs a small fortune for a family to get in and look at a pile or rocks (straight from the mouth of babes) then get cake and visit gift shop with the money you saved paying the entrance fee. Shame the fee is so much h as if it was less I'm sure more revenue would he generated
Written February 24, 2020
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mjh123
West Midlands, UK160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Booking online was fine, but bit of a queue to get in so the person patrolling outside could have had a scanner to speed up ticket scanning.

It was a long walk to the entrance. We initially went to what looked like the entrance near the church. However entrance is via the public car park which is a good 5-10 minute walk away.

And then when inside it's another 5-10 minute walk back to the abbey ruins.

There could have been more information points around the abbey or an app with commentary to help with the history of the place. It was interesting looking round, but very little information.

The museum area did have bit more info, although some information stands seemed to be repeated.

Overall it was a relatively quick visit due to lack of information. Not sure if they do guided tours, but this would help.

No toilets inside. Only toilet is in car park and costs 40p.

And in the shop, be careful as the till had a higher price programmed in for bottled water than advertised on the fridge with water in it. Only 10p extra, but still till should match the advertised price.
Written July 24, 2020
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sheff2023
Sheffield, UK28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Me and my husband visited on 05/08/2020 the place itself is beautiful and well worth the visit however the staff at the entrance were unhelpful. We had to queue around 15 minutes as we got to the front there was a heavy downpour of rain and the man on the door asked if we had booked on line . There was no signs up to day this had to b done and I said he should advice people of this in the queue . As it was pouring with rain my husband asked If he could stand under the doorway to book on line on his phone this request was refused despite the fact no other person was in that vicinity at the time I had to try to shelter my husband as his phone screen was getting soaked when he was trying to book . Eventually we did the booking and was allowed in the lady on the counter was also abrupt and giving instructions out like a Sargent major no smile in sight . At the end of the visit we then had a 20 minute path walk to get back to the car park which was difficult for me with a current back problem . However once in the grounds it was lovely with stunning views and the staff in the gift shop and exits were very good perhaps they should give the staff on the entrance lessons in customer service
Written August 5, 2020
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Amelia C
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
We paid just under £20 for the Halloween trail which took about 5 minutes to complete and wasn't particularly engaging. It was obvious not a lot of effort had been put into it.
With the Covid restrictions, there was a long walk to the entrance and with the lack of signage, it was difficult to find. There was a large queue when we arrived and we didn't receive any information about the trail when showing our tickets. It was only when we explained that we had booked onto it that we were actually given any information (a leaflet with a few questions that we had to find the answers to). Definitely not worth the money seeing as though you can get a good view of the Abbey without actually going into the grounds.
Written October 27, 2020
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fiona b
whitby21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I love this place, been visiting it over 30 years, but the latest reconfiguration of entrance and shop is poor. Arrived around lunch time and joined the queue for the 2 open tills, after 5 minutes we inched forward as the lady in front, who would have bought a book, gave up. After a good 10 minutes queueing beside the sweets we got to the front, the assistant swiped our membership cards, offered the expensive glossy guide book, and took time to staple on a leaflet which I'd expected to be an outline of the site showing toilets, entrances and exits at least. But no, it was an invitation to join English Heritage! Hint, try separate tills for shop and admissions, or for memberships, or open another till (there were other staff about). After the long tedious wait, the new exhibition was very disappointing. The best bit was the display of loom weights suspended to show how they were used. The worst bits: misleading labels like the "ichthyosaur fossil" a stone about the size of my hand. No indication that it was only an unnamed part of a huge animal; or the small potsherds apparently from specific types of pot, but without accompanying drawings to show the style or size of the original. Most boring bit: too many very weathered sandstone heads. Boring generalisation about the monks maximising their income would have been more interesting with examples like that they charged a toll for crossing the bridge over the river in Whitby. Another label implies, inaccurately that it was the later Chomleys who built the bridge. There have been many bridges over the centuries. After searching for the toilets, which are now in the far corner of the shop, we decided to skip the ruins this time (we've been here often) and went for a cliff top walk instead.
Written January 11, 2020
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Kerrie S
20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We visited Whitby and decided to climb the 199 steps and visit the abbey and museum. We were shocked at price of just under £20 for 2 people but we appreciate they have to charge to keep attractions like this in good condition and maintained for future generations. The small museum was ok showing lots of stones found from the original abbey with information about certain parts. Outside we were disappointed much of the abbey has been lost and there is not enough of it to get a feel for any of the rooms that were within. They do offer an electronic device to walk around with and find symbols to help you navigate the area. Me and my partner are in our early 30’s and we could not clearly understand how to use the device and there was no one in the upstairs part to assist. It requires downloading an app but it still seems very complicated. There are no narrative description points around the Abbey which we expected and many people were stood taking pictures from outside the walls so there is no need to pay to visit you can stand 200 yards away behind a small wall and view it as we did for free. We walked around the perimeter and only spent around 30 minutes there if that and we walked slowly in an attempt to justify the price we paid.
Written March 1, 2020
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Marcin Walczak
Edinburgh, UK496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Having read very mixed reviews we eventually decided to visit Whitby Abbey on a sunny summer weekend when Dracula Season performances were still on. This was possibly the best time to visit this place with child, because life performance of a small theatre group made a huge difference to our experience.

Whitby Abbey is a beautiful site, which its fame has successfully linked with story about Dracula, but it's still ruin with a small museum keeping some artefacts found on its grounds. Museum and grounds of Whitby Abbey are accessible for anyone and loaded with a lot of artefacts and digestible information about its past and presence. Though, I am not sure if would have paid £30 for 2 adults and 1 child for this type of tourist attraction if live performance about Dracula was not on.

Three actors performed in a Dracula Season Show, which appeared to be very enjoyable and entertaining for both adults and children. During summer this year the group performed three times per day only on summer weekends. This would have been the only reason to come back here or recommend a visit to Whitby Abbey considering quite hefty entry price.
Written August 8, 2021
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Ange717
York, UK160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Beautiful Abbey and granted we got some stunning photos as it was a cold windy day with no visitors in our shots. The information centre is fairly small and sparse on facts but informative in a small way. The interactive displays were not working when we went except the' listening ' area. Have never paid to go into the ruins before as at almost £9 per person it simply is not worth it but we had 1/2 price entry this time. No one on the desk told us about the audio devices so we obviously missed out on the main experience as you can walk around in a few minutes not finding out much as there are none of the illustrated explanatory notice boards you come to expect. Was really annoyed about this as didn't feel we learned much at all. Felt cheated at paying any price to be honest. Well stocked shop and toilets on the ground floor. Very disappointing, feel that the audio would have made all the difference. Shame.
Written January 20, 2020
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North-Fire
Staffordshire108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Had to visit the stunning abbey overlooking Whitby to make sure we got the whole experience. Pre booking tickets is required but really easy and it was worth it, we were blessed with lovely weather and spent a good hour or so meandering around the site. We used the qr code at the start to access a free talking guide which we used around the site. It was a brilliant tool and provided lots of information and history directly through a smart phone, no need to read anything just someone talking to you.

The display around the house was an eclectic mix of treasures which told even more of the story. Despite C19 the site felt safe and secure with masks only required in the house which meant we could walk around the site without wearing a covering unless of course yo wanted to.
We also enjoyed walking through the church up to the abbey and this gave a real sense of the elements people worked against building the abbey so many years ago.
Written October 25, 2020
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