Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Walk the 199 steps to the historic Whitby Abbey

Following a steep climb up the 199 steps from Whitby's old town to the Abbey, you can see the stunning Abbey, St. Mary's Church and fantastic views across Whitby and beyond.  There are seats placed at regular intervals up the steps in case you're not the fittest....it is a good workout!!!

Whitby Abbey

Whitby was founded under its old English name of Streonshal in 656, when Oswy, the Christian king of Northumbria, founded Whitby Abbey. In 867, the monastery was destroyed by Viking raiders, and was only refounded in 1078.

When the monastery was founded, Whitby became one of the most important religious centres of the Anglo-Saxon world. The later Benedictine monastery eventually grew into one of the richest in Yorkshire. Standing to almost their full original height, the east end and north transept of the medieval church represent a major monument of Early English Gothic architecture.

The Anglian community of Streaneshalch (Whitby) was one of the most important centres of Christian worship and learning in the 7th-century kingdom of Northumbria. Ruled by an abbess, it was one of a few known examples from the Anglian period of a 'double house' for both men and women, who probably lived in separate areas.

For more information on the significance of Whitby Abbe, please click this external link to English Heritage's page.

As well as the Abbey visitor centre, the Abbey is also the start of a fantastic walk to Robin Hood's Bay along the coast.