Hamish visited in April 2007 on a bright day when it was warm in the sun but chilly in the wind. He arrived by car parking in the local council park off Abbey Lane. It is possible to visit from the town but a climb of 199 steps is required – and dogs are not allowed to enter the site via the visitor centre entrance (so there will be a further walk around Church Lane to access the car park entrance). The site has a long history of human occupation. This is well delivered via a good audio tour (obviously, with emphasis on the religious aspects). The audio tour provides visitors with a number of self select options including entertaining anecdotes from a ‘former brother’. Hamish met a number of other canine visitors … but was happy to have a rest whilst his people enjoyed the commentaries, architecture and views!
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DogPeople Says : Whitby Abbey
On cliff top East of Whitby (OS Map 94; ref NZ 904115). Audio tour with hearing loop included in admission price. Picnics are welcome in the grounds. Parking is owned by the local council and there is a charge. Railway station in Whitby less that 1 mile away.
With its fantastic grounds, Whitby abbey is the ideal solution for families with dogs needing space to enjoy their walks.
Check the English Heritage website for details. Please note that Whitby Abbey will be closed until March 2019 to carry out improvements.
Dogs on leads are welcome at Whitby Abbey. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.
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