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Whitby Abbey, Whitby
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A ruined old abbey sitting atop the East Cliff in North Yorkshire, Whitby Abbey serves as a reminder of the area’s medieval heritage. Founded in the year 657, the abbey went out of use in 1538, when it was partially destroyed by the forces of Henry VIII. The site is complemented by a museum located in Cholmley House. Work out when and for how long to visit Whitby Abbey and other Whitby attractions using our handy Whitby travel itinerary planner.
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  • Climb the steps and you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of Whitby. Lovely staff who were more than happy to help. They even treated us to some tasters of warm mead. Lovely gift shop too. Well w...  more »
  • We had a family visit on a very sunny in early September. The experience may not be so good in poor weather as the location is very exposed on a cliff top. This is a must visit in Whitby as the Histor...  more »
  • I wasn't going to visit Whitby because it involved a two+ hour bus trip, the weather was dreary amd drizzly and my energy levels were low since I had been on the road for the previous three months. Ho...  more »
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  • Went to whitby abbey illuminated and it was fantastic the live dracula play was very entertaining and enjoyable the live actors are amazing
  • Beautiful and historical. An inspiration to create famous character of "Dracula". And Whitby. Altogether a magic day trip!
  • We spent the evening here on the illuminated abbey event. What a wonderful evening of tales of ghosts, myths and legends. Ending up with the reselling old Dracula in the grounds
  • Fantastic views and small museum of historical artefacts from the historic Abbey. The Abbey is located at the top of 199 steps, which give you a view over Whitby harbour and the beaches beyond. For the less adventurous...there is a car park. Good range of food available with in and outdoor seating.
  • Lovely setting been during the day but also just been to the illuminated abbey tonight it looked stunning the dracula show was amazing sooooo funny😂😂 plenty of stalls aswell and inside a stall to buy alcohol and jams