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Whitby Abbey

Unravel the story behind Dracula in this dramatic 13th-century monastery and enjoy its intricate carvings, fascinating stories and spectacular coastal views.

Whitby Abbey is a set of gothic clifftop ruins that inspired the literary legend of Dracula. In addition to its ecclesiastical role, the monastery served for centuries as a landmark for sailors and inspiration for writer Bram Stoker. Enjoy a picnic on a grassy patch nearby and amble through the ruins to get a sense of the abbey’s history.

Enter the Mansion Visitor Centre to see its collection of items from the abbey’s past. The visitor center is in a converted manor house and has exhibits on monastic life. Listen to dramatized speeches from monks and Bram Stoker. Interactive touch screens make learning fun for kids.

Admire the remaining parts of the monastery, today consisting of an imposing façade and many empty arches. See the ruins at night, when lights make the site glow against the night sky. Use the audio guide to learn about the various features of the monastery and its history.

Climb the 199 Steps that the mythical Dracula ascended upon his arrival to these shores. Imagine the writer ambling through these ruins on a chilly night toward the end of the 19th century, piecing together his influential masterpiece.

Learn about the history of the abbey, which also inspired the literary awakening of Cædman, the first English poet whose name history remembers. The monastery was an important religious center after being founded by King Oswy of Northumbria in the 7th century. Hear about Abbess Hilda, who ruled over the male and female monks of the original monastery.

Purchase souvenirs and fun presents with vampire themes from the site’s gift shop. Enjoy snacks and refreshments from the adjacent café with views of the abbey.

There is a fee to enter the abbey, with discounts for kids and families. The abbey is open to visitors daily from morning until late afternoon in summer. In winter, it opens only on weekends.

Whitby Abbey is east of the River Esk in the northeastern part of town. Visit the nearby attractions, such as the 199 Steps and the Church of St. Mary. A bus stop is just outside the abbey.


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The Esplanade Hotel $75
The Esplanade Hotel

The Esplanade Hotel

2 The Esplanade, Whitby, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Whitby Pavilion and Yorkshire Moors. Whitby Harbour and Whitby Abbey are also within 15 minutes. Whitby Station is 9 minutes by foot.

    The Black Horse Inn $72
    The Black Horse Inn

    The Black Horse Inn

    91 Church Street, North Yorkshire, Whitby, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this inn is steps from Captain Cook Memorial Museum and Yorkshire Moors. Whitby Abbey and Whitby Harbour are also within 10 minutes. Whitby Station is 6 minutes by foot.

      White Horse & Griffin
      White Horse & Griffin

      White Horse & Griffin

      87 Church Street, Whitby, England
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this inn is steps from Captain Cook Memorial Museum and Yorkshire Moors. Whitby Abbey and Whitby Harbour are also within 10 minutes. Whitby Station is 5 minutes by foot.

        Dolphin Hotel, Whitby
        Dolphin Hotel, Whitby

        Dolphin Hotel, Whitby

        Bridge Street, North Yorkshire, Whitby, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Whitby, this beach inn is steps from Captain Cook Memorial Museum and Yorkshire Moors. Whitby Harbour and Whitby Abbey are also within 10 minutes. Whitby Station is only a 5-minute walk.

          YHA Whitby - Hostel
          YHA Whitby - Hostel

          YHA Whitby - Hostel

          Abbey House, East Cliff, Whitby, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this hostel is steps from St Mary's Church, Yorkshire Moors, and Whitby Abbey. Whitby Harbour is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away. Whitby Station is 11 minutes by foot.

            Penny Hedge by Marston's Inns
            Penny Hedge by Marston's Inns

            Penny Hedge by Marston's Inns

            Stainsacre Lane, Whitby, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Whitby, this inn is within 2 mi (3 km) of Yorkshire Moors, Whitby Abbey, and Whitby Harbour. Captain Cook Memorial Museum and St Mary's Church are also within 2 mi (3 km). Whitby Station is 27 minutes by foot and Ruswarp Station is 30 minutes.

              The Royal Hotel
              The Royal Hotel

              The Royal Hotel

              West Cliff, Whitby, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the beach, this hotel is steps from West Cliff Beach and Yorkshire Moors. Whitby Harbour and Whitby Abbey are also within 15 minutes. Whitby Station is 9 minutes by foot.

                Raithwaite Estate
                Raithwaite Estate

                Raithwaite Estate

                Sandsend Road, North Yorkshire, Whitby, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Whitby Golf Club and Yorkshire Moors. Whitby Harbour and Whitby Abbey are also within 3 mi (5 km).