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As part of our post-Christmas plot to get the UK out and about in the coming year, we’re dedicating today’s Sunday Snapshots to one of the best visitor attractions in North East England: Whitby Abbey. Perched atop the East Cliff overlooking the popular heritage town of Whitby, this imposing structure has been keeping an eye on the comings and goings of the town for over 1,000 years. An occupied monastery for nine centuries, the Abbey was disestablished by the pesky Henry VIII in the 16th century, and left to waste away beside the North Sea.

Now, this ruined site is cloaked in mystery and folklore, providing visitors with a striking backdrop for a winter wander along the beautiful North Sea cliffs- but be on your guard, as the Abbey’s most famous fanged resident (Count Dracula, so I’m told) is still said to haunt the grounds when the sun goes down.

If you’d like to book a holiday in Whitby, click here. Or if you’re just here for a nosey, take a look at our Whitby Abbey snaps below.

Whitby Abbey

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Whitby Abbey

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Whitby Abbey

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Whitby Abbey

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