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Whitby Abbey is voted the 'most romantic ruin'
Whitby Abbey. Copyright: English Heritage
The romantic ruins have inspired numerous marriage proposals

Whitby Abbey has been named the most romantic ruin in the country in a poll being published in the February edition of the BBC's Countryfile Magazine.

A panel of judges, led by television presenter John Craven, had shortlisted ten properties last November.

The public then voted for an overall winner.

Whitby Abbey, which helped inspire Bram Stoker's Dracula, beat Fountains Abbey near Ripon into second place in the poll.

John Craven was delighted when he heard that Whitby Abbey had won the title:

"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.

Fountains Abbey
Fountains Abbey near Ripon came in second place in the national poll

"The view from the top is breath-taking; the setting couldn't be more romantic."

The visitor operations manager at Whitby Abbey, Jamie Marshall, said staff were delighted to have won and said the romantic setting often inspires proposals.

"We often get requests from nervous guys who ask us to put champagne on ice for them, as many prospective grooms choose Whitby Abbey as the place to pop the question."

Staff at English Heritage believe their success in the poll is probably due, in part at least, to a very loyal fan-base on Twitter; with followers being quick to click and register their vote when the news of the site's short listing was announced.

Britain's favourite romantic ruins

1) Whitby Abbey 2) Fountains Abbey 3) Corfe Castle 4) Carreg Cennen Castle 5) Kenilworth Castle 6) Llansteffan Castle 7) Dunluce Castle 8) Dunstanburgh Castle 9) Sweetheart Abbey 10) Kilchurn Castle

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