Edinburgh Castle ‘UK’s best historic attraction’

Edinburgh Castle dominates the capital's skyline. Picture: Julie Bull

Edinburgh Castle dominates the capital's skyline. Picture: Julie Bull

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EDINBURGH Castle has been named the UK’s favourite heritage attraction for a record fourth year running.

This year’s prestigious British Travel Awards - the largest consumer voted awards in the UK - saw the castle once again lift the title for the fourth consecutive year following a public vote.

A dress rehearsal for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. Picture: Getty

A dress rehearsal for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. Picture: Getty

With over one million public votes cast as part of this year’s awards, the accolade of Best UK Heritage Attraction tops off a bumper year for the world-famous Scottish landmark, following a record-breaking summer season for the castle, which welcomes over 1.4 million visitors annually.

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Commenting on the award, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “With its dramatic setting, centuries of colourful history and panoramic cityscape views over the Scottish capital, Edinburgh Castle continues to enthral visitors from around the world.

“To be named the winner of this prestigious award for the fourth year running reflects the enduring appeal of this iconic Scottish landmark, which plays a key role in promoting Scotland to visitors both at home and overseas.”

Nick Finnigan, executive manager at Edinburgh Castle, said today: “It is a wonderful accolade for Edinburgh Castle to have been named the winner of this prestigious award for the fourth year in a row.

“This award builds on a fantastic year for the castle where we have experienced another record-breaking season, with more people coming through the castle gates this summer than ever before, as we continue to invest in our world class visitor experience.

“This continued accolade is made doubly special as the winner is voted for by the public and our visitors and we’d like to thank them for their support.”

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