Whitby Abbey (English Heritage), Whitby

Visit the monastic ruins of Whitby Abbey which dominate the East Cliff headland, with fantastic views overlooking the historic and popular seaside resort of Whitby, North Yorkshire. A real "must visit".

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Whitby Abbey is a whole lot more than a spectacular looking cliff top landmark. Generations have been drawn to these well-known ruins for which this famous and world-wide known Abbey is a site of literary inspiration, religious devotion and pilgrimage. It is also known to be one of the most atmospheric visitor attractions along the Yorkshire coastline.

Whilst staying in the West Cliff area overlooking the Abbey ruins, back in 1890, Bram Stoker became totally inspired by the Abbey’s Gothic splendour , and it assisted him with creating the world-famous novel “Dracula”, with noting the atmospheric backdrop and taking in many features of the town including the Abbey ruins, the Church and tombstones, Whitby’s rooftops, and bats occasionally seen flying around, all adding to the atmosphere.

You’ll be able to discover the Abbey’s long history. The first Abbey was originally founded in 657AD by the Saxon King of Northumbria. Check out the Interactive Visitor Centre with its digital reconstructions and learn about the daily lives of the Monks who once inhabited the later Abbey which was destroyed in 1540 via orders from Henry VIII. You can also listen to the audio tour when wandering around the ancient ruins and take in the stunning views all around.

Visit the English Heritage website to find out about the many action-packed EVENTS throughout the year.

Open (2013) 29 March to 30 September 2013, every day, 10am – 6pm

Prices (as at June 2013) English Heritage members are FREE of charge. Adults £6.40, Child (5-15 years) £3.80, Concessions £5.80, Family (2 adults + 3 children) £16.60. Visitors Overseas Pass is also available.

Features

Fantastic views of the Whitby Town and Harbour from the Abbey’s fabulous vantage point. Lots of action-packed events throughout the year (see website for further info). Interactive Visitor Centre, look out for the Talking Heads and fascinating finds from Anglo-Saxon and medieval periods. Audio visual Exhibition held in the Visitor Centre, detailing the Abbey’s site.

Facilities

Gift Shop - take home a momentum of your visit. Car park only 10 metres from Entrance (car park charges apply). Main car park has disabled parking and there's a ramped entrance to the Abbey site. Café (not English Heritage operated). Picnic Area Gardens with seating areas and flat wheelchair access around the Grounds) Toilets in the Council car park (not operated by English Heritage) Dogs must be on leads and are allowed in some areas of the site
 
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