YHA Whitby

Abbey House, East Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT


A prime spot next to Whitby Abbey, fun activities for schools and all the facilities you need – YHA Whitby is a hostel with character. This Grade 1 listed mansion sits at the top of Whitby’s famous 199 steps and next to the iconic ruins of Whitby Abbey. From the panoramic views inside our award-winning garden to our building brimming with history, YHA Whitby is a magical place for groups.

YHA Whitby also offers our YHA Discovery package all led by a dedicated member of staff. Take a look at our packages below.

On top of this we have several individual activities available including:

  • guided town trails and hidden secrets of the town
  • fossil hunts
  • ammonite searches
  • guided cliff top walks towards Robin Hoods Bay
  • jet polishing workshops

Also included in our packages are evening activities, where groups can choose from a range of superb activities:

  • storytelling with our resident Viking Sigwolf or Dr Crank
  • night hikes and dark skies activities
  • lighthouse challenge.

Where possible we can also create bespoke activities packages around specific needs. Please contact us for more information. All activities are available as a half day or full day YHA bolt on.
YHA Whitby is perfect as a stop along the Cleveland way, or for exploring the town, moors and adjacent abbey. Group catering is available as well as our fully licensed café and bar. Dedicated groups spaces are also available.

Why Groups love YHA Whitby

Packages and bolt-ons available here

Free access to Whitby Abbey

"Excellent" - 92%

Customer satisfaction based on 217 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 134

Learning Outside the Classroom

YHA is at the top of the class for educational visits. We have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Award at 74 of our youth hostels across England and Wales.

Find out more about Learning Outside the Classroom.

LOtC Awarded


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Packages available at YHA Whitby

Discovery package

Suitable for ages 7-13

Flexible programme of fun and challenges

Designed to enable teachers to create their own stay, our Discovery package offers a flexible programme of fun, challenging and memorable experiences that can be tailored to support the educational needs of your group. Great for building team work and communication skills.


  • Enviro art
  • Fossil hunting
  • Guided walk
  • Local attraction trips
  • Local historical attractions
  • Team challenges
  • Town walks

Prices from


Per person, per night* (ex VAT)

YHA Whitby does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA Whitby

YHA bolt-on

Activities delivered by trained and experienced staff

Available at all the hostels that offer YHA packages, this bolt-on offers challenging problem solving and team building activities delivered by our very own trained and experienced staff. Activities are run on hostel grounds, meaning you don’t need to travel anywhere.


  • Problem solving

Prices from


Per person* (ex VAT)

YHA Whitby does not currently offer bolt-ons.

Personal service

Smaller venues offering a personable service.

Self-led options

Amazing bases for self-led options

Organised packages

Organised residential packages available 

Flexible approach

Totally flexible approach to your residential


A genuine sense of place and location

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities

LOtC accredited sites

70+ LOtC accredited sites

Teachers participation

Teachers encouraged to participate in all activities, helping to enhance teacher-pupil relations



  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle store
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store


  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Nearby parking

Food & drink:

  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • On-site café
  • Self-catering kitchen

Teaching facilities:

  • Classroom(s)
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire

How to get here

Abbey House, East Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT

On foot:
Follow the signs towards the Abbey, go up the 199 steps, continue across the turning area, going right under the archway by the Lodge House. Follow the driveway and under a second archway to find the hostel. By road: follow the signs to the Abbey, up Green Lane, turn left and continue beyond the Abbey car park (additional pay & display parking here). As you approach the turning area, keep left under the archway and follow the driveway alongside the Abbey wall, go under a second archway and park in the courtyard.

OS Map: 94
OS Grid Ref: NZ902111
Latitude: 54.487423
Longitude: -0.608271
YHA Whitby