"Whitby Abbey " Whitby Tip by keeweechic

Whitby, York: 2 reviews and 2 photos

 
 

Whitby Abbey stands on a cliff overlooking Whitby town. Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1536 which resulted in the destruction of the Abbey in 1539. St. Mary’s, however, was allowed to remain as it was used by local people.

The Abbey is a magnificent reminder of the early church’s power and dedication; it contained the shrine of St Hilda, the foundress who died in 680. The Abbey is today a gaunt reminder of what a magnificent building it once was. I you have enough ‘puff’, you can approach it by 199 steps from Whitby town.

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  • Updated Sep 6, 2003
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