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Whitby Abbey

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Whitby Lane, Whitby YO22 4JT, England
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All reviews english heritage audio guide dracula play car park entrance fee youth hostel well worth a visit dracula story bram stoker gift shop tour bus worth the climb fantastic views tea room the cliff walk up great place to visit
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited this landmark of Whitby Abbey Ruins. It was closed when we visited for the winter, but you can walk around the exterior of the walls and still see the Abbey and infamous landmark, due to a certain "novel". The Whitby Abbey Car Park,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It was a shame the Abbey was closed although it had been advertised as being open. We could only walk round the outer walls and take photos from a distance. We still got some lovely photos though. Car parking was free as it was winter...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Even though abbey was closed cause of high winds it was so nice to see the views from the church and coffee shop were breath taking would recommend to any one to go see this abby

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A must for anyone interested in Dracula or England's architectural and religious history. It can be quite spooky at dusk or with a must coming in off the North Sea.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The History behind the Abbey is worth the visit. Easy to park to gain access even for the disabled. Toilet facilities easily accessible too. Whatever the weather would highly recommend

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked up the 199 steps to the abbey which is currently closed for restoration work. It is still possible to see the Abbey from around the perimeter and the views from the site are worth it alone.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Full of historical interest, beautiful views and St Marys Church is a must see maybe even walk the 100 steps up to see it all.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were disappointed that it was closed from November 4th - which seems odd as there were so many people climbing up the 199 steps - no signs around telling you anything either

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately the Abbey is currently closed (which we knew before going) but it is still worth a look and a walk round the perimeter. This vantage points also gives you good views of the harbour/town and there is also a micro brewery there which is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately whilst the Abbey is beautiful and well worth looking around, the corresponding museum part of it is suffering from a lack of upkeep. Broken monitors and computer software ruin many of the displays, the audio guide is almost ancient and unusable and for all...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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July 21, 2018|
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Response from Jenny B | Reviewed this property |
It’s tricky, it would be a two person job and would block the steps in places with people coming up and down,however I did see a couple of people take pushchairs up, with great difficulty I think. Sorry
July 8, 2018|
Response from Daphne L | Reviewed this property |
They did try to sell us a guidebook but not sure if it had a red spine.
March 22, 2018|
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Response from lucyjanewiddop65 | Reviewed this property |
We visited a tea room at the bottom of the steps in Whitby town (there’s loads to choose from) up at the top I’m not too sure as I haven’t visited one there.
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Which side of the bridge to stay on? (11 Replies)
Is there generally a preference to stay on either side of Bridge Street? The majority of "things" seem to be on the train station side, but Whitby Abbey is on the other side and both have that lovely coast area overlooking the other side. On either side, is there a main high street area for most restaurants and shops? Or is it a small easily walkable town where anywhere you stay nearby would be good? Thanks for the help!
July 02, 2015|
Response fromRiotstar|
It is a very small, walkable town so either side is fine. The area below the abbey is cobbled and generally a bit "quainter" but anywhere in the harbour or surrounds is lovely.
Jo M
Dracula Play at Whitby Abbey (1 Replies)
Visited the abbey today and watched the Dracula Play. It is brilliant, the actors put in a lot of effort and their performances are brilliant. Appropriate for all the family we really enjoyed it. If you get the chance to visit on weekends before the end of August it is really worth it.
August 18, 2012|
Response fromshirlsb b|
We saw this play last weekend and totally loved it. It was funny and very entertaining for all the family. The actors reacted really well to the crowd participation and it was set in amazing location. The abbey is amazing. Totally recommended.
Cotswolds from Thornbury Castle (1 Replies)
I have 2 nights in England and wanted to see the Cotswolds however I really really want to stay at Thornbury Castle for those 2 nights, if possible. I have never been to this part of England before--can a person hire a taxi tour or private driver/car for the day and be picked up/dropped off as far away as Thornbury? I cannot drive (vision issue) so I need to do some sort of tour. Since I've never been to this area before, how crazy is a plan like this? I've done something similar for...More
November 17, 2016|
Response fromPenmere|
Why not check with Thornbury Castle? On another long thread about Thornbury & Cotswolds it was established that CJ's taxis in Berkeley were helpful. Where will you be prior to and after Thornbury Castle? It seems a bit odd to spend 2 nights of which potentially the 1 complete day is spent elsewhere, but it is your holiday. We need to know how it can be integrated with the overall schedule.