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National Trust wins tourism award at Brighton Dome

Wisley Glasshouse (picture by Colvin And Moggridge)
The RHS garden at Wisley was among the gold award winners

The National Trust has won a top tourism award for its "unswerving role as the bastion of beautiful and outstanding attractions".

The Trust scooped VisitEngland's Outstanding Contribution to Tourism accolade at an Enjoy England Awards.

Other winners included Livingstone Lodge Overnight Safari near Hythe, Kent, for Best Tourism Experience.

The Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Wisley, Surrey, won the Large Visitor Attraction category.

'Change and adapt'

The National Trust has a membership of 3.8 million, and its attractions had a record 17.2m visits last year.

VisitEngland chairman Viscountess Cobham said: "At well over 100 years old, this veritable institution has evolved to suit the time.

"Our board was impressed by the organisation's ability to continue to change and adapt while conserving its core values to preserve and care for our national treasures for the maximum enjoyment and pleasure of all."

The Enjoy England awards were presented on Friday night at Brighton Dome.

Blackpool illuminations
Blackpool illuminations won the Tourism Event award

Other winners were: Access for All Tourism - Imago at Burleigh Court, Loughborough, Leicestershire; Bed and Breakfast - The Old School, Alnwick, Northumberland; Business Tourism - ExCeL, London; Caravan Holiday Park - Trethem Mill Touring Park, Truro.

Large Hotel - Thurlestone Hotel, Kingsbridge, Devon; Outstanding Customer Service- Christina Dixon, Jurys Inn Hotel, Liverpool; Self Catering Holiday of the Year - Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages, Winster, Derbyshire; Small Hotel of the Year - Gilpin Lodge Country House, Windermere, Cumbria.

Small Visitor Attraction - Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham; Sustainable Tourism Award - Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire; Taste of England Award - The Bildeston Crown, Bildeston, Suffolk; Tourism Event - Blackpool Illuminations; Tourist Information Service - Nottingham Tourism Centre.

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