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Whitby is a real gem on the North Yorkshire coastline.  High on a cliff above the Yorkshire seaside town are the gaunt, imposing remains of Whitby Abbey.  Whitby Abbey is one of the most atmospheric locations in England founded in 657 by St Hilda.  

Whitby Abbey has over the years been a bustling settlement, a kings' burial place, the setting for a historic meeting between Celtic and Roman clerics, the home of saints including the poet Caedmon, and inspiration for Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.
The desolate ruins stand stark above steep cliffs overlooking the old whaling village of Whitby in North Yorkshire, a testament to the town's former religious significance.  The town is a wonderful combination of medieval winding little streets full of history.  

Discover how over 2,000 years of history make Whitby Abbey one of England's most important archaeological sites, while at the interactive visitor centre your family can interrogate personalities from the past - including Dracula's creator!

Whitby provides an ideal place to explore the rugged North Yorkshire coastline and indeed the North York Moors.  The town is split in two by the River Esk.  The older side of town is to the East whilst, the 19th Century town grew up on the Western Side.

Whitby is an inspirational place to visit if you are interested in the folklore and traditions of Britain.  The abbey has an archaeological display and gift shop open most of the year.

Directions: Whitby reached via the A171 from Scarborough or Middlesborough, or the A174 coastal road.

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