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While Fountains Abbey was a Cistercian monastery, the Abbey on the hilltop overlooking Whitby in North Yorkshire was Benedictine (the order from which the Cistercians diverged).

Find out more at
http://www.whitbyabbey.co.uk/ 

 
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Whitby Abbey was founded in 657AD, and was a double monastery of monks and nuns. In 867 the abbey was attacked by Vikings and abandoned. It was refounded in 1078 by one of William the Conqueror's knights who turned it into a Norman church. The last Abbot and his monks surrendered the abbey to Henry VIII's commissioners during the dissolution in 1539.  
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Whitby Abbey is owned and maintained by English Heritage, and is open for visits all year round. It can be reached from Whitby town centre via 199 steps.

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