Visitors to Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire will have the chance to see the ruins aglow thanks to a series of late night events this autumn.

The spooky building was home to monks until it was destroyed by Henry VIII in 1540. Situated on a cliff top, it inspired Bram Stoker when he was writing Dracula.

The ruins will be open from 6pm-8.30pm between 30 October and 2 November.

Highlighting its gothic architecture and the eerie atmosphere, it will be lit with dramatic coloured floodlights for its after-dark guests.

Callers will also be able to discover more about the darker side of the abbey’s past with family-friendly presentations on grave robbing, Victorian undertakers, Jack the Ripper and witch trials.

Tickets cost £5.50 for adults and £3.50 for children, with discounts for English Heritage members.

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