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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. Arrange to visit Whitby Abbey and other attractions in Whitby using our Whitby trip planner.
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$8 BOOK WITH VIATOR Essential Whitby: Discover the town’s legends on a self-guided audio tour Essential Whitby: Discover the town’s legends on a self-guided audio tour
Duration: 60 to 75 minutes
Whitby Abbey reviews
A stunning piece of English history and the inspiration for a gothic legend. Well worth the effort to visit and soak it all in.
A stunning piece of English history and the inspiration for a gothic legend. Well worth the effort to visit and soak it all in. more »
We have visited the Abbey a few times and each time we visit the whole personality of the location changes depending upon the weather and number of visitors. We visited right at the end of the day...
We have visited the Abbey a few times and each time we visit the whole personality of the location changes depending upon the weather and number of visitors. We visited right at the end of the day... more »
An enjoyable visit. There is a lot of history in this place, and we wanted to see it. The car park next to the abbey is large, and you can leave your car there and go to visit the town. The abbey is very lovely. Those are ruins but can give you an idea of how large this building was. There is a QR code at the entrance you can scan with a mobile phone and listen to various details about the abbey and its history—an excellent place to take interesting photos. We had great weather, but it could be less enjoyable when there is rain - there is no roof to hide. There was an amusing event with @SillyHistoryBoys about Ragnarok when we were there, and we enjoyed it a lot. It would take you about 30-45 minutes to walk around to see all details, and if there is a show, it could be another 30 minutes. There is also a small museum with more archaeological and historical information about the place. And there is obviously a gift shop at the end. Once you are done with the Whitby Abbey, there is an interesting church next to it and the 199 steps to the town.
The Abbey occupies a stunning location overlooking the town with great views of the coastline and the moors. It is accessible by climbing 199 steps from the town or, from the south, by car or tour bus. The Abbey is steeped in history dating back to the synod of Whitby and was in active use until the dissolution of the monasteries. There is a museum providing a detailed history of the abbey and a shop. Well worth a visit.
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