The inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula the remains of the Gothic Whitby Abbey are spectacular to behold.The Abbey began life in the 7th century as a Monastery and the ends of this medieval church are still standing to almost their original height to this day! Standing proudly on the cliff top, overlooking the town centre the Abbey has long been an attraction for visitors interested in its history, religious significance and its ability to act as a source of literary inspiration.
Over the centuries the site was expanded and added to with some elements taking inspiration from the nearby York Minster which itself was altered, and in some instances rebuilt, over the centuries.The North end of the abbey was most likely built in the 13th century and includes some evidence of French styling instead of the more traditional Romanesque elements seen in the rest of the abbey.
The below video shows just how spectacular Whitby Abbey can be at all times of the day and year!
If you are not already staying in Whitby then you can find the Abbey at Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT:
Opening times are 10am to 6pm every day with some special times around public holidays so its worth checking in advance if you are planning on visiting the Abbey over Easter or Christmas time. You can call the Abbey on 01947 603568 or English Heritage who run the site on 0370 333 1181.
Family tickets start at £18.40 for 2 adults and 3 children so its definitely worth the entrance fee to be amongst such an enchanting part of history for a short time.
Whitby Abbey Opening Times: 10am – 6pm daily
Whitby Abbey Address: Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT
Whitby Abbey Telephone Number: 01947 603568