Explore historic Whitby Abbey

Whitby, North Yorkshire

Discover how over 2,000 years of history made Whitby Abbey one of England’s most important archaeological sites.

Founded in 657AD 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 the inspiration for Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula.

This is one of the most atmospheric visitor attractions on the Yorkshire coast so it is easy to see how Bram Stoker was inspired by its gothic splendour when writing Dracula.

Discover the long, dramatic history of the Abbey and the daily life of the monks who once lived there in the unique interactive visitor centre. View archaeological finds and spectacular audio-visual displays, all bringing the past to life.

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