A NORTH East attraction has won a top award.
Beamish Museum was named Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012, at a ceremony at the annual VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.
The awards, held in Leicester, celebrate the best of English tourism.
They promote competition and high standards, helping to ensure England’s place as a world-class destination.
Beamish was entered after winning the regional category in the North East England Tourism Awards last autumn.
Competing against major tourist attractions from across England, Beamish was selected in April as a finalist, after a rigorous assessment by a board of tourism industry judges.
Museum director Richard Evans said winning the Gold Award, beating competition from The Historic Dockyard at Chatham; Trentham Estate, Staffordshire; and Muncaster Castle, in Cumbria; proved Beamish was judged by tourism professionals as the best.
He added: “It’s a great honour to be considered by industry professionals as the best large visitor attraction in the whole of England.
“The award will help to raise awareness of Beamish and highlight North East England as a first-class tourist destination.”