North Riding of Yorkshire
Whitby Abbey is probably the greatest and most picturesque of all England's many ruined Abbeys. It stands dominant on the southern cliff of the town of Whitby, itself one of England's most beautiful. Nearby stands the church yard through which Dracula arrived in England as a wolf in Bram Stoker's famous book.
The original Abbey here was founded around 657. This fell into disuse and it was re-founded as a Benedictine Priory in 1068. The following century it was upgraded to an Abbey.
Most of the remains we can see today date from the rebuilding in early 1200s, with the distinctive arches of the wonderful north transept dominating the Abbey's shape.
Although more remains of some other Abbeys, including several in Yorkshire, the combination of architecture and breathtaking setting make Whitby an unforgettable place to visit.
Whitby Abbey is owned by English Heritage.
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