Visit Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Founded by the Anglo-Saxon King Oswy in 657, sacked by marauding Vikings, scene of the demise of Northumbrian Christianity, site of the oldest surviving verse written in any Germanic language, Whitby Abbey has a colourful past. It was here in 664 that the Synod of Whitby agreed to follow the system that determines when Easter falls. The 11th-century ruins sit on a windswept headland above the modern town of Whitby but they have lost none of their eerie appeal.