The Giant’s Causeway is the UK’s Best Heritage Attraction according to voters of the nation’s largest consumer poll, the British Travel Awards.
Northern Ireland’s best-loved landmark scooped gold for the second year running at the glamorous gala awards ceremony held in London on 23 November attended by almost one thousand travel industry experts.
The Giant’s Causeway, looked after by the National Trust is Northern Ireland’s first World Heritage Site as well as its most visited tourist attraction.
The team at the Giant’s Causeway welcomed more than 880,000 visitors last year offering a first-class visitor experience and a warm welcome to tourists from across the world.
Max Bryant, general manager at the Giant’s Causeway said: “Last year was the first time this award had been won by any Northern Ireland visitor attraction. So it’s an amazing achievement to keep it in Northern Ireland for another year. What makes it even more special is that the awards are voted for by thousands of visitors who have had an amazing experience here, so we are very proud.
“This is great recognition for the hard work that goes on in Northern Ireland to create a world class destination. We are proud to play our part in bringing so many tourists and visitors to the north coast and we believe that our economy and local communities can continue to benefit from this success in years to come.”
British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “The Giant’s Causeway and the National Trust are to be congratulated on winning Best Heritage Attraction. Competition was particularly strong this year but ultimately it is the travelling public who decide the winners by voting for the travel companies they consider the best in the business. The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK and to win is truly an accolade.”
The Giant’s Causeway beat stiff competition from Tower of London, Stirling Castle, Beamish Museum, Longleat and Titanic Belfast.