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 April - 30 September 2014
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 October - 2 November 2014
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

3 November 2014 - 15 February 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

16 February - 20 February 2015
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

21 February - 29 March 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Admission charges

Adult £6.60
Child (5-15 years) £4.00
Concession £5.90
Family (2 adults, 3 children) £17.20

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.

Easter Adventure Quest

  • 3 — 6 April 2015

It's time to get clue-cracking. Find characters from the past to help you solve the challenge and seek out your chocolate reward.

Admission

Adult £6.80 Child £5.00 Concession £6.10 Family £17.60. All children are welcome to take part in this event. An additional £1 will be charged on standard admission for every child, member and non member, to help us fund this entertainment activity.

Myths & Legends Weekend

  • 25 — 26 April 2015 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.

Admission

Adult £6.80 Child £4.00 Concession £6.10 Family £17.60.

Dracula

  • 2 — 4 May 2015

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 all the family.

Admission

Adult £6.80 Child £4.00 Concession £6.10 Family £17.60.

Viking Raiders & Invaders

  • 23 — 25 May 2015

Encounter the terrifying Vikings as they spread a wave of terror and turmoil with their raids on the North eastern coast of England. Explore their encampment to discover the rigours and entertainments of Viking campaigning. Witness grisly displays of combat culminating in a full-scale, deadly battle, plus hands on activities for all junior warriors

Admission

Adult £6.80 Child £4.00 Concession £6.10 Family £17.60.

Monk's Life

  • 26 — 31 May 2015

For the school half term we return Whitby Abbey to its medieval origins. Children can dress in monk’s and nun’s robes and, under the instruction of Brother John
you can discover the lives of novices, monks, lay brothers and nuns.

Admission

Adult £6.80 Child £4.00 Concession £6.10 Family £17.60.

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.

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.

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.

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