Abbey lit up with bats to mark 125 years of Dracula’s novel
A British monument is illuminated by a projection of bats to mark the 125th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula.
English Heritage is lighting up Whitby Abbey, associated with Gothic horror, with Halloween events across the country.
The abbey is also home to bats, a protected species that English Heritage strives to preserve on its sites.
Irish author Stoker also saw the mammals, associated with vampires and witches, during his visits to the North Yorkshire region.
The novelist describes the abbey as the place where the Earl is said to have landed and it is referenced in the diary of female protagonist Mina Harker.
In the 1897 book, a large dog climbs the 199 steps to the abbey after the ship carrying Dracula’s coffin runs aground.
English Heritage also organizes Halloween trails with the Beano comic series, walks in the woods and ghost tours during Halloween.
Venues with events include Stonehenge, Dover Castle and Framlingham Castle.
The Illuminated Abbey and Performance Event at Whitby Abbey will run every night until October 31.
An event at Whitby Abbey in May broke the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as vampires.
A total of 1,369 people attended the event dressed as a gruesome figure, breaking the record of 1,039 set in Doswell, Virginia in 2011.