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  Whitby Abbey
by cheekymarieh
  • Whitby Abbey - Whitby
      Whitby Abbey
    by cheekymarieh
  • Whitby Abbey - Whitby
      Whitby Abbey
    by cheekymarieh

To get to the abbey you must climb up the 199 steps to see the gothic abbey. It stands perched on the high cliffs overlooking the North Sea and the River Esk. It was once a spot where kings were buried. The abbey was first established as a religious site by Abbess Hilda in 657AD. She is actually the person responsible for the dating of Easter (as used by the Catholics and other denominations other than the Orthodox Church).The present ruins date back to the 12th to 15th century. The last use of the property as an abbey was in 1539 following Henry VIII's dissolution of the monastries.

Within the Abbey there is an exhibition outlining the history of the Abbey together with details of archaeological finds and reconstructions of the life within the Abbey throughout its history.

Open: 19 Mar - 30 Sep 10am to 6pm
1st - 31st Oct 10am to 5pm
1 Nov - 31 Mar 10am to 4pm (Thusday to Monday)

Cost: Adults 4, Children 2, Concessions 3

Address: Whitby Abbey, Whitby
Directions: On foot from the West Cliff cross the swing bridge and take the second street on the left. Follow the street to the 199 steps and begin the climb!
othercontact: Fax: +44 1947 825561
Phone: +44 1947 603568
Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/whitbyabbey/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 5, 2006
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