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Yorkshire Sights

Church of St. Mary

  • Abbey Plain Map It
  • Whitby
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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On top of the East Cliff—reached by climbing 199 stone steps—Whitby's landmark church overlooks the town, while the striking ruins of Whitby Abbey loom above it. Bram Stoker lived in Whitby briefly and later said the image of pallbearers carrying coffins up the church's long stone staircase inspired him to write Dracula. The oldest part of the church, primarily the tower and basic structure, are Norman, dating back to 1100, while the distinctive interior, notable for its enclosed box pews and triple-decker pulpit, are Georgian. Almost everything else you see today is the result of 19th- and 20th-century renovations. The churchyard is filled with the weather-beaten gravestones of former mariners and fishermen. Rather than walking, you can drive to the hilltop and park in the abbey's lot for a small fee. Or take the hourly Esk Valley Bus 97.

Sight Information


Abbey Plain, East Cliff, Whitby, YO22 4JR, England

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Sight Details:

  • Free. £1 suggested donation
  • Apr.–June., daily 10–4; July–Aug., daily 10–5; Sept.–Mar., daily 10–3
  • Closed Sun. morning for services


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