Founded by a Saxon princess, this abbey hosted an important church council and was powerful throughout the Middle Ages. Today, it is an evocative ruin on a windswept cliff overlooking the North Sea.

View from South
Exterior view from south. Whitby Abbey, founded in 657 by St. Hilda and rebuilt in the 13th century. Yorkshire, England. Holly Hayes
Location map of Whitby Abbey, Whitby, England. Click to enlarge.
Aerial view of Whitby Abbey, Whitby, England. Click to enlarge.

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Listed Building ID
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Whitby Abbey
54.4884510° N, 0.6071660° W map · aerial
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NZ 90303 11217
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Listed Building Description

Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.

1. 18ll Whitby Abbey (Ruins) NZ 9011 2/1 23.2.54.


2. Founded by Oswy, king of Northumbria, in about 656, the first abbess being St Hilda. Destroyed by the Danes in circa 870 and refounded for the Benedictines by Reinfrid, one of the soldiers of William the Conqueror. Extensive ruins of the church from early Cl2 to Cl4. See 'Whitby Abbey' by Department of the Environment, AM. NMR.

Listing NGR: NZ9030811222

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Place ID
Whitby Abbey, Whitby, England
Added By
Holly Hayes
Date Added
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
May 7, 2022