Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Roskers
Cambridge, UK1,085 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
There's actually not a huge amount to see on site, though it's an important archeological location. The small museum is okay and St Mary's Church nearby is worth a visit, but if it's a case of paying for entry (i.e you don't have English Heritage membership), you could end up disappointed. It doesn't come close to matching Rievaulx to the south.
Written 29 December 2021
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Oliver Peters
16 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Bram Stoker - we understand what drew you to this magnificent monument, this obelisk of Benedictine macabre.

Best visited during the Golden Hour, when day is on the verge of dusk and the first crimson hues of sunset are beginning to set in - this is when the witching hour begins.

The Abbey has stood the test of time - it’s majestic colours and Gothic beauty truly set it apart as a grim icon. It truly is a place you can believe to be home to the supernatural, the lines between the rational and the weird are blurred in the most magnificent way xx
Written 11 December 2021
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flyingpig1872
Glasgow, UK348 contributions
Nov 2021
Those of you up on your literature will know that part of Bram Stoker’s famous novel was set in Whitby – Dracula came ashore there when the London-bound ship he was on – The Dementer – ran aground off the North Yorkshire coast. He set about terrorising the locals. Bram Stoker himself came to Whitby in 1890, looking for a holiday home. He was inspired by the atmosphere of the cliff side town – the spooky Abbey ruins steeped in religious history, bats flapping round church belfries and the red roofs of the little houses that looked out on an angry North Sea. He created Dracula, and many tourists today forget he isn’t real. They are sometimes even heard to ask the locals where Dracula is buried
Written 24 November 2021
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Susie F
Leeds, UK34 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
The experience of wandering around the Abbey when quiet near the end of the day as the sun is setting is wonderful and well worth the entrance fee.
What leaves a sour taste in the mouth is the cynicism of English Heritage. How do they justify putting the price up from £10 entry to £11.10 just because we had not booked on the Internet. Not everyone has a smart phone. When querying the two tier pricing system, the lady behind the desk stated it was to save staff time even though she still had to check internet tickets and tickets bought two minutes prior from the gift shop. The £1.10 is not the issue, it is the cynicism. It was difficult enough to find the minimum entrance fee which is not obvious as English Heritage push a price that includes membership and a price that includes a donation at the top of the price list. I’ve since looked at their website and the minimum entrance price is not even on the main entrance fee page. You have to search for it. English Heritage is a charity and should not stoop to such low practices.
Written 23 November 2021
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warwickwiddler
lowton65 contributions
Oct 2021
This is a very beautiful abbey with unparalleled sea views and across the town of Whitby. Interesting history and spiritually very affecting. Quite haunting even if you ignore the Bram Stoker Dracula connection, and the museum really is world-class.
Take your time and explore every inch of the abbey. We recommend the walk up the steps from town although it is tiring, but there are places you can stop for a rest.
Written 21 November 2021
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SimonB416
Crewe, UK109 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Trip advisor says £6 entrance, English Herritage web site says £10!but when you get there it is £12 per adult. Very expensive
Written 20 November 2021
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FairCityFrasie
Perth, UK2,091 contributions
Oct 2021
This imposing, slightly haunting former Christian and Benedictine Abbey is a 'must visit' when in Whitby. It towers over the town and harbour and is a fantastic relic, immortalised in Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. It is fairly expensive to enter for the close up view but is equally striking from its perimeter wall or cliff top on the other side of the Esk. You won't miss it if you are in Whitby.
Written 15 November 2021
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David C
Telford, UK232 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Well worth a visit if a little pricey to get in. Fantastic views from the abbey and a remarkable ruin it must have been a huge building when you stand inside the ruins and look up.
Written 11 November 2021
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waldorf53
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,286 contributions
Nov 2021
Probably a must visit to Whitby and part reward for climbing the 199 steps, there is a fee to enter but if you’re on a budget then you can see most of it from the perimeter wall.

Inside you get to see some gargoyles etc and get up close to the remaining structure, you can see the batter ing it gets from the weather.

A nice gift shop is located inside.
Written 9 November 2021
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hacktus
United Kingdom34 contributions
Oct 2021
We arrived at 4pm to be told it was was closing at 4:45pm even though the noticboard said 5pm.
We decided to visit anyway as it was our last opportunity.
We were charged £22.20 for 2 AND some "donation" amount of £2.40.
Total £24.60!
Went in and were through it all AND the museum in 20 minutes.
It is nice to visit, but crazily overprced.
£5 each would probably be fair.
Save your money, go to the brewery opposite for great views and the wall is smaller just on round the corner to see over.

Written 6 November 2021
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