Ruins of Whitby Abbey


The majestic Whitby Abbey building in Whitby, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England was built in early 13th century. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries under the orders of Henry VIII in 1536-1541, the building felt in disarray and gradually became a ruin.

The town of Whitby has a bizarre connection with Count Dracula. The town had inspired Bram Stoker while he was writing his famous novel and Whitby is a one of key locales in the novel. It was here that Dracula in the form of an immense dog had set foot on the English soil on the East Cliff of the town.

Stoker has even mentioned about ruins of Abbey in his novel;
"Right over the town is the ruin of Whitby Abbey, which was sacked by the Danes, and which is the scene of part of "Marmion," where the girl was built up in the wall. It is a most noble ruin, of immense size, and full of beautiful and romantic bits." - Mina Murray's Journal 24 July.