Whitby Abbey

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Set high on a North Yorkshire clifftop, its remains overlook a picturesque town and harbour with associations ranging from Victorian jewellery and whaling to Count Dracula. The abbey is today a gaunt and moving ruin and those who choose to approach it up the 199 steps from Whitby town also know the meaning of dedication.

St Hilda brought monks and nuns, including the poet Caedmon, to found a religious house on the coastal headland in 657. Because of her reputation, the Synod of 664 was held there and the two branches of early English Christianity, the Celtic and Roman churches, buried many differences in practice and doctrine. The matter that had most divided them was the date of Easter, and the Synod decided in favour of the Roman tradition.

When the Vikings invaded Northumbria in 867, the abbey was destroyed and its wealth pillaged. A Norman invader, Reinfrid, revived Whitby Abbey in the late 1070s; he also resettled Jarrow, home of Bede, whose writings had kept alive the memory of the early holy places, and refounded Whitby. The Norman church proved inadequate under the pressure of pilgrims, and in the 1220s rebuilding commenced.

Whitby Abbey, probably the towns most visited attraction, due to its historical significance and its heritage.

Opening times as advertised in 2009:

1 Apr-30 Sep 10am-6pm Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, & Sun.

1 Oct-31 Mar 10am-4pm Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, & Sun. 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan Closed

How much does it cost? (2009 prices) Adult: 5.50 Children: 2.80 Concession: 4.70

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Map of Whitby showing the location of Whitby Abbey at Latitude 54.48799 / Longitude -0.60792.
We have visited Whitby on a number of occasions to produce this tour, this page was created on Mon, 5 Dec 2011 15:14:47 +0000.

 

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