Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire has been voted as Britain’s most romantic ruin in a nationwide survey of 2,445 people, carried out by Countryfile Magazine.
In what proved to be a close-run poll, the spectacular coastal ruin won first place ahead of Fountains Abbey, also in Yorkshire, and Corfe Castle in Dorset, which both took second and third place respectively. Carreg Cennen Castle in Carmarthenshire came in fourth place.
Countryfile Magazine asked the UK’s leading conservation and heritage bodies to name their most romantic ruins, and from the resulting list of 50 properties a panel of judges, led by Countryfile presenter John Craven, whittled this down to just 10 sites. Readers were then asked to vote for their favourite.
John Craven commented: “It’s a well-deserved winner. The abbey ruins dominate my favourite coastal town. When I was a boy, my family rented a holiday cottage at the foot of the 199 steps that lead to it and I regularly climbed them just for fun. The view from the top is breath-taking, the setting couldn’t be more romantic, and among the abbey’s legacy is something that still affects us all every year: the ruins mark the spot where in 664 the date for Easter was set.”
Fergus Collins, Editor of Countryfile Magazine, added: “Whitby Abbey fought off a strong challenge from perhaps better-known sites such as Corfe Castle and Fountains Abbey. But if you’ve ever visited this haunting ruin on the Yorkshire coast, you’ll see why it won.”
View the results and read the full article on the Countryfile Magazine website.
Source: BBC Magazines Press Release [link].