A FORMER psychiatric hospital in Denbigh has made a 'Most Famous Abandoned Buildings' list. 

The list was put together by Alan Boswell Landlord Building Insurance. The derelict North Wales Hospital made fourth place. 

The grade II listed building closed in 1995 after 147 years. 

The insurance company said: "This architectural gem was even visited by the show Most Haunted in 2008 which exacerbated the rumours of ghosts in the property. This hasn’t stopped plans to redevelop the building into homes, which plans were approved in 2021.

"The building has more than 120k views on TikTok and over 3,600 Instagram hashtags, putting this former hospital in fourth place for the most famous abandoned buildings in the UK."

Coming in at first place was Whitby Abbey, Whitby. Now owned and maintained by English Heritage, the ruins of Whitby Abbey is prominent in the history of Whitby and has ties to Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

The insurance company said: "Whitby’s history bleeds into the Dracula novel we have all come to love. The iconic 199 steps up to the abbey travelled by Dracula in the form of a black dog is also noted in the novel. In the 2020 Dracula series, there are several shots of the Abbey which has certainly increased its bucket list status for lovers of spooky sites, bringing more than 4.4 Million views on TikTok and over 111k Instagram hashtags."

Second place was awarded to St Dunstan in the East Church, London.

"The ruins of the Church of St Dunstan in the East are a hidden treasure in London," the insurance company said.

"Built around 1100, this Grade I listed building was heavily damaged by the 1666 Great Fire of London. The church was then damaged again in the Blitz of 1941, where it was not repaired.


"In 1967, the City of London decided to turn the remains into a public garden, opening in 1970.

"Today you can visit the garden and soak in the history in the calm before heading back onto the bustling streets of London.

"This beautiful site is well-loved within the entertainment industry, with many tv shows and films shot here including Children of the Damned and Spooks.

"The ruins also have 3 Million TikTok views and 20,700 Instagram tags making it the second most famous abandoned building in the UK."

Other 'most famous' abandoned buildings included:

Third place: Crumlin Road Courthouse and Gaol - Belfast

Four place: North Wales Hospital - Denbigh 

Fifth place: Newsham Park Hospital - Tuebrook, Liverpool

Rounding up the top 10 is Maunsell Sea Forts in sixth place, followed by Hamilton Place in Uckfield, Appuldurcombe House in the Isle of Wight, Millennium Mills in London and Asylum Chapel in London.

To put together the list, Alan Boswell Landlord Building Insurance used a variety of articles featuring famous abandoned buildings throughout the UK. A ranking was created to determine the most famous abandoned buildings.

Fame was measured on presence in film or TV, number of Instagram Hashtags, Google searches per month and TikTok views.