YHA Whitby exterior
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


Covid-19 - Book with confidence

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current Government guidance. In making a booking with YHA (England & Wales) you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant Government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. Please bear in mind that the guidance may be different in England and Wales.

The duty of care we have to our guests, beneficiaries, staff and partners compels us to progress and run our hostels with caution and careful consideration in the best interests of the charity and those it serves.

To find out more about our COVID-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.

Temporary changes at YHA Whitby

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will be in operation at YHA Whitby. We are sorry for inconvenience this has caused, we're working hard to safely open all areas of our hostels as soon as we can.


  1. Dorms are not currently available.

Private rooms

  1. This hostel offers private rooms with en-suite or shared toilets and showers facilities with extra Covid-secure cleaning regimes.


  1. Self-catering kitchen(s) remain closed.

  2. Dining room(s) are open to guests for the consumption of their own food.

  3. Meeting room(s) remain closed


  1. We will be serving a limited food and drinks menu for guests to take away.

  2. Outdoor seating for dining is now open at this hostel in line with Government social distancing rules. All tables and chairs are fully cleaned after use.

Good to Go England

COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

YHA Whitby is a magnificent Grade 1 listed mansion situated immediately beside the iconic ruins of Whitby Abbey. Enjoy views over the harbour and the North York Moors, with the town just a short walk away via the famous 199 steps. The hostel provides the ideal accommodation for exploring Whitby and its year round attractions.

YHA Whitby offers an unforgettable experience with many original artefacts throughout the hostel. Look out for the interpretation boards with information about features including a 13th Century carved oak Viking beam and stunning Victorian stained glass.

Why guests love YHA Whitby

  • Situated right next to the ruined Whitby Abbey
  • Superb views down to the seaside town
  • Beautiful grounds and garden

Accommodation at YHA Whitby

The hostel

The hostel offers superb accommodation for families and groups and is the ideal base for exploring Whitby and its year round attractions. Whitby at a glance:

  • Excellent accommodation in a heritage setting
  • 26 rooms with en-suites, many with original features
  • Fully licensed restaurant with Abbey House Tearooms and gardens
  • Disabled access with allocated parking and lift to specially adapted bedroom
  • Beautiful 'Georgian Lounge', games room, classroom, conservatory and lounge
  • Award winning Yorkshire in Bloom 'Physic Garden' for residents


Food and drink at YHA Whitby


Eat with us

The Abbey House Cafe & Bar provides an unrivalled panorama over this famous port town in the shadow of the neighbouring Abbey. Offering a broad selection of delicious food, alongside a range of freshly made hot drinks and a well-stocked bar. Open daily to guests and passers-by, let us welcome you to rest your legs and indulge your senses after the day’s adventure.


Breakfast at YHA Whitby

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start so we provide a full hot and cold breakfast buffet. Cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and yogurt are on offer for the health conscious or light eaters and, for the hungrier amongst you, a full English breakfast. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Breakfast is served from 7.30 – 9am and you can get up to 15% off breakfast as part of your online booking.

Full menu

All day menu at YHA Whitby

Choose from our tasty daily specials or delve into our café-bar style menu experience, think scrumptious bar snacks, light bites, grilled paninis and loaded stone-baked pizzas. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Don’t forget, kids under 10 eat free – get one kid’s meal free with every adult’s meal.

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Supper Club

Supper Club at YHA Whitby

Join our nightly Supper Club. Share stories and experiences with your fellow travellers while tucking into a delicious two-course meal. This is the authentic hostel experience! Don't forget, you can now save up to 15% when you add meals to your online booking.

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  • Ambulant accessible
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Games room
  • Library/Quiet room
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • En suite rooms available

Food & drink

  • Cafe
  • Dining room
  • Group catering available
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Other YHA products

  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
  • Trade bookings
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Reception times: Once checked in, we offer 24 hours access. Reception closes at 22.00.

Check in: 17.00 - 22.00

Check out: Before 10.00

Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.

Parking: The property has a free car park on-site for guests and patrons. Please note that this car park is controlled by an ANPR parking system. Upon arrival, motorists are required to validate their presence by entering their car's registration number at reception. Parking is available for Blue Badge holders in designated bays, other guest parking is limited. Space in our car park can be limited, an alternative is the council car-park just a 2-minute walk away from us. This car park is FREE from 6pm until 9am.

Open every day?: Yes, YHA Whitby is open every day for bookings. Abbey House Café & Bar is open 7.30am – 9pm, 7 days a week.

Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7.30am until 9am.

YHA Whitby - Access Statement

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YHA Whitby

Map references

OS Map: 94

OS Grid Ref: NZ902111

Lat/Lng: 54.487423, -0.608271

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9049

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

YHA Whitby is committed to continually creating new opportunities for children by supporting and complementing the national curriculum to develop imagination and intellect. There are educational packages available but the area is also great to explore for yourself on a self-led trip. 

Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.


We are very grateful for all of the help and support that our generous volunteers give to YHA. We are proud of our “Investors in Volunteering” accreditation and have a wide range of opportunities available across the country, all of which will provide great learning or social experiences and help us to create even more opportunities for young people.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people, visit new places, gain experiences and have fun. Full details of all of our various volunteering programmes can be found on theVolunteering website.

At YHA Whitby we offer the following volunteering opportunities subject to availability:

Please contact [email protected] or call 01629 592562 for more information.


Our hostel is housed in a magnificent Grade 1 listed mansion situated immediately beside the iconic ruins of Whitby Abbey.

The Whitby headland had seen Bronze Age and Roman settlements, before an Anglian monastery was founded there by Hild, the daughter of an Anglian nobleman, in about 627. Then things get a bit mysterious; no one is sure why, but the Anglian settlement and monastery were abandoned a few centuries later.

By the end of the 12th century a new monastery had been founded and built in stone. This building underwent various projects of rebuilding and expansion, during which the Abbey House was built. We aren’t sure what the Abbey House was used for, but it is likely that it was the abbot’s lodging.

In the 16th century the Monastery was suppressed and the abbey site was bought by the Chomley family. The Chomleys, and later the Strickland family, used the abbot’s lodgings as a house and over the next two centuries several extensions and a courtyard were added to the building.

In 1920 the Strickland family gave the abbey to the Ministry of Works. Then for around 80 years archaeological excavations were carried out on the site. By the early 2000s the Abbey House had fallen into a dilapidated state, but when its lease came up for tender in 2006 YHA jumped at the opportunity! A £3.5 million renovation was carried out making the building into the fantastic hostel enjoyed by many today.

Meet the team

We pride ourselves of friendly service and do our best to accommodate any of our guests’ requirements. You’ll see everyone doing their part working across all areas of the hostel, either serving and making drinks in our busy tearooms, welcoming you on reception, cleaning your room or delivering activities to school groups. Everyone has a good knowledge of the local area and we’re happy to recommend some things to do during your visit

Manager recommends:

Walking the Cleveland Way to Robin Hood’s Bay. It’s a great way to see the coastline and look out for seals, whales and dolphins. You can catch a bus back, come back the way you came or hop on to the Cinder Track which is a more gentle route back to Whitby.



Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award Walkers and cyclists welcome Simply the guest Cool Places LOtC Quality Badge

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