It's not just the gothic splendour that inspired the creation of Bram Stokers Dracula, which attracts people to Whitby Abbey. Its witnessed over 13 centuries of history. One of the most important religious centres in Anglo-Saxon times, the 664 Synod tackled the differing traditions in the Roman and Celtic strands of Christianity and established the date to celebrate Easter.
1st April to 30th Oct & 18th Feb to 31st March
10am to 5pm
31st Oct to 17th Feb
Open Wednesday to Sunday*
10am to 4pm
*Exception: on the 31st of October, 26th and 27th of December and 15th to 17th of February Whitby Abbey will open.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed 24th & 25th December
Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT
Whitby Abbey has been inspiring visitors for nearly 1500 years – now it’s your turn.
Follow in the footsteps of artists, writers and religious leaders to explore the soaring gothic ruins and to take in the stunning sea views.
This year, there's more to see at Whitby Abbey than ever before. You can uncover centuries of history with the new interactive guide, and visit the revamped museum to find out more about how the abbey inspired Caedmon, the first named English poet, and Bram Stoker, the author of 'Dracula'.
The entrance to the abbey is fully accessible, and you’ll find improved facilities in the visitor centre, including a bigger shop.