Perched high on a cliff above the town, Whitby Abbey is one of the most striking and well-known landmarks in North Yorkshire.

The first monastery here was founded in about 657. It became one of the most important religious centres in the Anglo-Saxon world. The headland is now dominated by the shell of the 13th-century church of a Benedictine abbey founded after the Norman Conquest.

The ruin is also famous as the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel ‘Dracula’.


  • Title: Whitby Abbey
  • Location Created: Whitby Abbey
  • Original Source: Whitby Abbey
  • Rights: English Heritage

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