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The iconic and dramatic ruins of Whitby's medieval abbey stand on a headland overlooking the harbour. The history oozes out of the ground hereabouts. The ruins inspired the author, Bram Stoker, when he was writing Dracula. The Synod of Whitby in 664 decided the fate of the English Church. The Germans shelled the place in 1914. There's an interesting visitor centre but, mostly, it's just great strolling through the abbey. Inevitably, there's at least one ghost.