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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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  • Great views walking up to the Abbey (199 steps with plenty of stops for a rest). Abbey itself was closed on the day we visited but was still worth it.  more »
  • Outstanding remains of Abby dating back to 800AD destroyed by Henry 8th. Crumbling ruins resembled a scene from the film Highlander. Abby has a well documented museum with information provided by indi...  more »
  • We were in Whitby for the weekend and so had to see the Abbey. Don't miss the giftshop. We had a wonderful conversation with a Scottish gentleman who really conveyed his passion for the place. The aud...  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