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:
- Whitby Abbey
This English Heritage site is situated on a headland overlooking the seaside town of Whitby.
- Fountains Abbey
Owned by the National Trust, Whitby Abbey is Yorkshire’s first World Heritage Site
- Corfe Castle
A former gateway through the Purbeck Hills, the castle offers breathtaking views.
- Carreg Cennen Castle
One of a few privately owned Castles in Wales. Voted Welsh building of the Millenium
Open 364 Days of the year.
- Kenilworth Castle
Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire is managed by English Herritage and is one of the largest historic visitor attractions in the West Midlands.
- Llansteffan Castle
A medieval castle situated in South West Wales.
- 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.
- Dunstanburgh Castle
Situated on the
Northumberland coastline, Dunstanburgh Castle is managed by English Heritage.
- Sweetheart Abbey
A Historic Scotland property, Sweetheart Abbey was founded in 1273.
- Kilchurn Castle
Kilchurn Castle incorporates the first purpose-built barracks in Scotland and offers views down Loch Awe – a Historic Scotland property.