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It’s not just the gothic splendour that inspired the creation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which attracts groups to Whitby Abbey. Its site, high above a fishing port, has witnessed over thirteen centuries of history. One of the most important religious centres in Anglo-Saxon times, the 664 Synod tackled the differing traditions in the Roman and Celtic strands of Christianity and established the date to celebrate Easter. Time, war and nature have all left their marks, including German naval shelling in 1914.
Take in another nearby coastal site and journey south to Scarborough Castle.