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Vote for Edinburgh Castle to win top UK Heritage Attraction

15 June 2012

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, last year’s winner of the British Travel Awards top UK Heritage Attraction award has been shortlisted again for the 2012 awards.

People are asked to vote for Edinburgh Castle by visiting the Historic Scotland website on  and pressing the ‘vote for us’ button.

Nick Finnigan, Edinburgh Castle’s Executive Manager said: “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, 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 to enjoy.

“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.

“I am hoping that people will vote for Edinburgh Castle by visiting our website and pressing the ‘vote for us’ button.”  

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