Sometimes you go somewhere and it takes you by surprise.. Whitby Abbey was one of those places.
I hadn’t actually planned on visiting Whitby Abbey because I thought it was closed during the time I was in the area. However, because of a sunny weekend day & there being no car parks in the town centre I drove to the top of the hill to park instead. I had intended on walking down the hill to Whitby below when I discovered the Whitby Abbey was actually open. So I paid the £7.60 entrance fee and went in.
And I am glad I did!
Did you know?
- The dates on which we celebrate Easter were decided at Whitby Abbey
- Whitby Abbey was bombed in WWI
- The first monastery was founded in around 657 however the current ruins date from the 13th century
- The grounds and buildings were actually privately owned from around the 1500’s till around 1920 when it was passed to the English Ministry of Works
- Whitby Abbey had around 146,277 visitors in 2015
- Whitby Abbey & Whitby was an inspiration to Bram Stoker when he was writing Dracula – and it’s not hard to see why