Countdown to vote for Edinburgh Castle to win top UK heritage award
3 September 2012
Edinburgh Castle, last year’s winner of the British Travel Awards top UK Heritage
Attraction award has been shortlisted again for the 2012 awards.
Edinburgh Castle is currently leading in the polls with 33.23% but it is extremely
close with the Minack Open-air theatre in Cornwall just a few points behind with 29.32% and St Paul’s
Cathedral in third place with 23.23%.
Nick Finnigan, Edinburgh Castle’s Executive Manager said: “I am hoping that people
will vote for Edinburgh Castle by visiting the Historic Scotland website on www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk
and pressing the ‘vote for us’ button. It would be fantastic to bring the BTA’s Top UK Heritage
Award back to Scotland again.“
Votes must be registered by 30th September 2012.
Nick added: “It was a real honour for Edinburgh Castle to win the BTA’s Top UK Heritage
Attraction award last year and I am delighted the castle has been short-listed for this year’s award.
“With record visitor numbers in June, the arrival of the Olympic torch and the lighting
of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacon against the dramatic backdrop of the castle, it has been a really
momentous year so far.
“There is so much to see at the castle - the Scottish Crown Jewels, which are amongst
the oldest regalia in Europe, the Stone of Destiny and St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in
Edinburgh, as well as our costumed performers who bring history to life.
“We also have an entertainment programme with rock concerts, fabulous fireworks
at the end of the Edinburgh Festival and New Year which ensures that there is something for everyone
“We have also added to the visitor experience by refurbishing our shops and catering
facilities including the opening of the Tea Rooms offering traditional afternoon teas.”
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