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Whitby Abbey named most romantic ruin

Whitby Abbey has been named the most romantic ruin in a nationwide poll.

The poll, conducted for BBC’s Countryfile Magazine, asked readers to vote for their favorites from a list of ten sites.

The ten sites were selected from a list of 50 properties submitted by the UK’s leading conservation and heritage bodies.

The top ten most romantic ruins:

  1. Whitby Abbey
    This English Heritage site is situated on a headland overlooking the seaside town of Whitby.
  2. Fountains Abbey
    Owned by the National Trust, Whitby Abbey is Yorkshire’s first World Heritage Site
  3. Corfe Castle
    A former gateway through the Purbeck Hills, the castle offers breathtaking views.
  4. Carreg Cennen Castle
    One of a few privately owned Castles in Wales. Voted Welsh building of the Millenium
    Open 364 Days of the year.
  5. Kenilworth Castle
    Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire is managed by English Herritage and is one of the largest historic visitor attractions in the West Midlands.
  6. Llansteffan Castle
    A medieval castle situated in South West Wales.
  7. Dunluce Castle
    Open all year, Dunluce Castle was given to the Northern Ireland Government by the Earl of Antrim in 1928 to be preserved as a National Monument.
  8. Dunstanburgh Castle
    Situated on the
    Northumberland coastline, Dunstanburgh Castle is managed by English Heritage.
  9. Sweetheart Abbey
    A Historic Scotland property, Sweetheart Abbey was founded in 1273.
  10. Kilchurn Castle
    Kilchurn Castle incorporates the first purpose-built barracks in Scotland and offers views down Loch Awe – a Historic Scotland property.

One thought on “Whitby Abbey named most romantic ruin

  1. Suzanne

    I am really pleased Whitby Abbey won most romantic ruin. The Abbey itself is magnificent, but coupled with the breathtaking views from the cliff top, makes it a truly remarkable place.  Last week Whitby hosted another popular Goth Weekend, the town was filled with visitors of all ages in their elaborate and beautiful costumes. Both the Abbey and East cliff were very popular destination.