Whitby Abbey

Revamping Whitby Abbey

In 2019 we invested almost £1.6 million to transform Whitby Abbey and celebrate the history of this iconic landmark.

You can now explore 3,000 years of history in the new permanent exhibition with dramatic displays of unique objects and an audio tour to lead you around the abbey.

You will also be able to enjoy new facilities and improved welcoming visitor's areas, making sure you get the most of your visit to the abbey. 


New facilities

In April 2019 Whitby Abbey was reopen following a major project to improve the visitor centre, museum and interpretation across the site.

Outside, the courtyard area has been transformed with a tree-lined avenue, new seating and green spaces planted with herbs. You’ll also find a cosy coffee shop near the entrance to the abbey.  

3,000 years of history - Telling the story

Visit the museum to delve into thousands of years of the abbey’s history of Whitby Abbey from the early Bronze Age through medieval times to the occupation by the Cholmley family in late 17th century.

You can also find out how the abbey has inspired artists, novelists and poets over the centuries. For instance, you’ll discover how Bram Stoker imagined his character Dracula leaping ashore from a wrecked ship and up the 199 steps. JMW Turner, JRR Tolkien and Lewis Carroll have all also been inspired by Whitby and its famous abbey. 

History of Whitby Abbey