Whitby Abbey - English Heritage

Whitby Abbey - English Heritage
Whitby Abbey
Whitby
North Yorkshire
YO22 4JT
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/whitby-abbey/

E-mail

Customer Services

customers@english-heritage.org.uk

Telephone

01947 603568

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View through Whitby Abbey out to sea.
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High on a cliff above the seaside town of Whitby are the gaunt, imposing remains of Whitby Abbey. Founded in 657 by St Hilda, Whitby Abbey has over the years been a bustling settlement, a kings' burial place, a home of saints and inspiration for Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. Discover how 2,000 years of history make the Abbey one of England's most important archaeological sites, in the interactive visitor centre.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Archaeological site, Sacred space

Opening hours

1 Apr-30 Sep 10am-6pm daily / 1 Oct-31 Mar 10am-4pm Thu-Mon / Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan

Admission charges

6.00/5.40/3.60/15.60

Discounts

  • English Heritage

Additional info

Guided tours available for groups booking at least 1 month in advance. Please contact the site for more details.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Myths and Legends Summer for Kids

  • 26 July — 31 August 2014

Discover a whole range of myths and legends, from St George to King Arthur. Magical stories, dressing up and hands on activities. Take part in Arthurian sword practice, medieval hobby horse jousting and training.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Dracula

  • 2 — 3 August 2014 11am-5pm
  • 9 — 10 August 2014 11am-5pm
  • 16 — 17 August 2014 11am-5pm
  • 23 — 25 August 2014

Think you know the story of Dracula? Think again. To truly understand Bram Stoker's gothic icon, you need to hear his tale in the setting of the writer's inspiration, Whitby Abbey. Take in the gothic splendour of one of the most atmospheric abbeys in England, as three actors bring the famous story of Dracula to life before your eyes. Promenade performances suitable for children aged 8 and above.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets will be available to purchase at the event site on the day.

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Abbey Myths and Legends

  • 4 — 5 August 2014 11am-5pm
  • 11 — 12 August 2014 11am-5pm
  • 18 — 19 August 2014 11am-5pm
  • 25 — 26 August 2014 11am-5pm

From the cast that brought you our thrilling Dracula performances, discover the myths and legends of Whitby Abbey. Prepare yourself for stories of serpents and St Hilda from one of the most atmospheric abbeys in England.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets will be available to purchase at the event site on the day.

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

photograph of whitby abbey

Abbey Myths and Legends

  • 25 August 2014 11:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-2:30pm, 3:30-4:30pm
  • 26 August 2014 11:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-2:30pm, 3:30-4:30pm

Discover the myths and legends of Whitby Abbey. Prepare yourself for stories of serpents and St Hilda from one of the most atmospheric abbeys in England.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets available to purchace at the event site on the day. Adults £7.00, Children £5.00.

The Illuminated Abbey

  • 29 October — 1 November 2014

Cast light on a dark history. See Bram Stoker’s inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is illuminated with dramatic coloured floodlighting. As you explore its gothic splendour, our costumed characters will introduce the darker side of the past with presentations on grave robbing and witch trials.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Purchase your tickets today by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0870 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm). Tickets will also be available to purchase at the event site on the day.

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

The Tudor abbey Discovery Visit

Meet Master Will who will guide you around the key areas of the abbey and give you relics to handle. What was life like in Tudor times? What was the abbey's role in the local community? How did Henry VIII's divorce and the Dissolution of the Monasteries affect it? Discover the answers and find out much more about life before the Reformation. Activities take place entirely out of doors unless the weather is exceptionally bad.
Duration: 1 1/4 hours
Key Stage: 2, 3, History, RE

How to obtain

Call 01904 601917 to book a 1¼ hour session. Price £75 per group of up to 30 pupils. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19518 for more information.

Time traveller's trail Discovery Visit

Journey back in time to uncover the dramatic story of Whitby Abbey, from its foundation by Anglo-Saxon royalty to the present day. Use your detective skills to find clues that tell you how the abbey was built. Examine real and replica objects to learn about the lives of the people who lived here. Put yourself in the sandals of a novice monk descending the night stairs for prayer and find out who was who in medieval society. Discover why the abbey looks as it does today and also why Whitby was one of the most important monastic sites in England for hundreds of years. Activities take place entirely out of doors unless the weather is excpetionally bad.
Key stage: 1, 2, 3, History, English, Math

How to obtain

Call 01904 601917 to book a 1¼ hour session. Price £75 per group of up to 30 pupils. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19518 for more information.

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