Whitby Abbey Entry Tickets

Activity code: WAT

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  • Discover imaginative audio-visual displays recreating Whitby Abbey through the ages
  • Admire sweeping views across York and over the Whitby coastline


Uncover over 13 centuries of history as you explore the stunning ruins of this Gothic abbey. Originally founded in AD 657 by King Oswy of Northumbria, Whitby Abbey has been the site of inspiration for many religious leaders, artists, writers and poets.

Among them was St Hild, an abbess who orchestrated one of the most significant events that took place here — the Synod of Whitby. It was in 664, when church leaders made the decision to follow Roman rather than Celtic methods for establishing the date of Easter — one which we still use today!

Set high on a cliff, take in scenic views of the coastline and famous fishing port as you find out how St Hild fought snakes and how the abbey inspired Caedmon, the first named English poet, and the author of ‘Dracula’, Bram Stoker. You’ll also see the life-sized statue of a Roman gladiator in the restored mansion courtyard.

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What's Included

  • Entry to Whitby Abbey 
Please Note:
  • Tickets cannot be cancelled but may be amended 48 hours prior to entry.