Illuminated Whitby Abbey

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. There is also be a brand new coffee shop by the entrance.

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This Halloween, discover the darker side of history among the bright lights of Whitby Abbey.

  • Is Whitby Abbey Illuminated for me?

The event is our colourful celebration of all things Gothic. The ruins will be lit up in an array of colours, performances of Dracula will take place and the photo opportunities will be on top. And make sure to look out for the witch hunters… Food and drinks will also be available.

Explore the soaring gothic ruins as they’re illuminated in a breathtaking display of colour and light. Afterwards, hear tales from Count Dracula and come face to face with a coven of witches roaming about the ruins. Meet a sinister witch-finder to learn about the devious tricks of his trade, and keep out the cold with some delicious hot food and drink.

There’s plenty for all ages to enjoy at Illuminated Whitby Abbey


Member (Adult) £5.00
Member (Child) £3.00
Member (Concession) £4.00
Member (Family) £12.00
Adult £12.50
Child, 5-17 years £8.00
Concession £10.00
Family £32.00


Ticket price includes entry to the event and site.


Purchase your tickets using online system or by calling Ticket Sales Team on 0370 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.


Joe and Geoff xxx