Culture Vultures, Family Friendly, First Timers, History Buffs
Follow in the footsteps of artists, writers and religious leaders to explore these soaring gothic ruins and take in the stunning sea views.
Discover stories of saints, poets and Count Dracula. Whitby Abbey was the location where Dracula came ashore after journeying by sea. In the story, a large dog runs up the 199 steps which lead to the abbey after the ship carrying the count’s coffin eerily lands there…
Whitby Abbey, built on the east cliff overlooking the Esk and town of Whitby has a history dating back to 657 AD when it was founded by the Saxon King of Northumbria, Oswy (Oswiu) as Streanshalh (Streonshalh). In 867, Whitby Abbey fell under Viking attack, and was abandoned until 1078, when it was re-founded by Regenfrith (Reinferd), a soldier monk. The second monastery lasted until it was destroyed by Henry VIII in 1540.
The abbey buildings fell into ruins but today still remains a prominent landmark on the North Yorkshire coastline.
Uncover like never before the centuries of history with a new interactive guide, and visit the revamped museum to find out more about how the abbey inspired Caedmon, the first named English poet, plus Bram Stoker, the very author of ‘Dracula’.
An absolute must visit for history and literature buffs alike.