"St. Hilda's Abbey" Whitby Things to Do Tip by Rachael71

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  St Hilda's Abbey
by Rachael71

The ruins of St Hilda's Abbey dominate the skyline of the town and its Gothic atmosphere must have been part of the inspiration for Bram Stoker to set part of his novel 'Dracula' in the town. At the beginning of the book the Count, disguised as a black dog, escapes from a fishing boat returning into the harbour and runs up the hill to the Abbey.

St Hilda's was founded in the 7th century, and the structure that currently stands dates back to the 11th century. One of the reasons that it now stands as a ruin is that its stones were used for building houses elsewhere in Whitby during the 16th century! The buidling is now owned by English Heritageand is open to the public daily, admission charge 4GBP per adult, 2 per child (July 2004).

And just to prove that sometimes we do get summer in England, this picture was taken at 7.30 in the evening!

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  • Written Jul 21, 2004
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