Voted the top UK Heritage Attraction for the past two years’ running, Edinburgh Castle has once again been short-listed by the British Travel Awards to receive this prestigious award.
The castle is Scotland’s number one paid-for visitor attraction and welcomes more than 1.2 million visitors from around the world. It is facing competition from the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall and the Titanic Belfast.
People are asked to vote for Edinburgh Castle by visiting the Historic Scotland website on http://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/ and pressing the ‘Vote Now’ button.
Nick Finnigan, Executive Manager at Edinburgh Castle said: “I am delighted that Edinburgh Castle has been nominated again for this prestigious award.
“Edinburgh Castle is a global attraction and is recognised around the world as a Scottish icon. It was a huge honour for the castle to be voted the top UK Heritage Attraction in 2011 and 2012 and we are hoping people will support us again so we can bring the trophy back to Scotland for the third year running.
“This is another exciting year with concerts this month featuring Jessie J, Paul Weller and Runrig with the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the internationally renowned Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the fabulous fireworks during the Edinburgh International Festival.
“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, making it a must-see attraction.”
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