It’s impossible to miss Whitby Abbey during a stay in the coastal town of Whitby, and we don’t just mean you should definitely visit, we mean the whole of Whitby sits in its shadow at the foot of the headland. With the kind of gothic splendour that makes this site atmospheric in any weather and an interactive visitor centre to tell its story, Whitby Abbey remains an ancient and fascinating attraction.
Fans of Bram Stoker’s 'Dracula' have always had a soft spot for the abbey since it inspired the novel, and when you stand and peer up at the sun-dappled pillars it’s easy to imagine how the abbey would have looked when it was a striking example of gothic architecture. Those who wander the ruins whilst listening to the audio tour can take in the panoramic views from its windswept setting, and as it’s owned by English Heritage the abbey also hosts regular family events throughout the year.
The visitor centre brings the history of the ruin to life and tells visitors how life would have been for the monks who once called it home, and digital reconstructions ensure that the attraction is a fun one for children as well as mums and dads.