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Yorkshire Sights

Whitby Abbey

  • Abbey La. Map It
  • Whitby
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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Set high on the East Cliff, the strikingly Gothic ruins of this once grand church can be seen from hills on the moors miles away. One of very few founded by a woman, St. Hild in AD 657, the abbey was populated by a mixed community of monks and nuns. Sacked by the Vikings in the 9th century, the abbey was refounded in the 11th century and enlarged in the 13th century, from when it flourished until it was destroyed by Henry VIII. The excellent visitor center has exhibits on St. Hild and Dracula author Bram Stoker, Anglo-Saxon artifacts from the site, and interactive displays about the medieval abbey.

Sight Information


Abbey La., Whitby, YO22 4JT, England

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Sight Details:

  • £6.80
  • Apr.–Sept., daily 10–6; Oct., daily 10–5; Nov. and late-Feb.–Mar., weekends 10–4; last admission 30 min before closing


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