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Whitby Abbey

Whitby, England, Whitby, England
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Ranked #9 of 19 attractions in Whitby
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
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Liverpool
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

It's not untill you walk beneath the ruined walls that you appreciate the craftsmanship and effort required to create something of this size. We had the waether so with the sun shining you could spend at least an hour soaking in the rays and enjoying the views. Would recommend taking advantage of the Audio tour guide and the entrance price... More

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Epsom, England, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Wonderful staff working in and around the Abbey. Wonderful views, the ruins are protected well and it was a pleasure to walk around with the dog. The only negative point was the free audio guide. It was irritating! Audio guide was disappointing

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

English Heritage own this so there is an entrance fee which as usual with their attractions is not great value but if you want to really see the Abbey then you have to cough up. We also bought a guide book as unless you have a good knowledge of abandoned monasteries then some of the ruins do not resemble anything.... More

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newcastle
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We visited here and it was cold cloudy and overcast.....it only added to the eeriness. The visit well worth the money. The staff are above helpful told us about other sites to visit.Views were spectacular. Don't visit Whitby without visiting the Abbey.

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Worcester, UK
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118 reviews 118 reviews
55 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Really pretty but make sure you pick up the free audio guide, it really does help bring the building alive and explain things, if you don't you will be around it in 10 minutes tops

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Manchester
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I came here as a child and was looking forward to taking my other half up the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey. I was very disappointed to have to pay a large entrance fee to get near the Abbey. Some places ought to be free entry...in my view the Abbey is one. I know there is the usual argument about... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

One can now understand why it was used to base "Dracula" (the story) on. It must have been majestic in its day but now a spectacular ruin.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The ruins are crowded in the sunshine and almost inhospitable in the cold, but if you brave either you are rewarded with beauty, views and history.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We share many reviewers' opinions that commerce has overtaken the desire for all to enjoy these ruins. Having visited Rievaulx Abbey earlier in the day we were looking forward to Whitby Abbey. The wall does indeed detract from the view but we were able to take photographs anyway.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

As a boy, this was the jewel of Whitby, if not of the entirety of North Yorkshire. I used to feel so proud - I have taken groups of Dutch students and read passages from Dracula to them, I have invigourated dormant intellectuals by visits here and to nearby Rievaulx. And now, the grubby hand of commerce has stripped education... More

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