Officially the Best Attraction in Yorkshire
Friday, September 14th, 2007
The National Coal Mining Museum for England, in Wakefield, scooped the prestigious White Rose Award for Tourism Attraction of the Year (50,000 visitors and over) at the awards ceremony held at the Magna last night. The White Rose Awards are regarded as the â€˜Oscarsâ€™ of the tourism industry and having scooped the Attraction of the Year Award (50,000 visitors and over) the Museum hopes to represent the region in the national Enjoy England awards.
The National Coal Mining Museum fought off competition from Harewood House, Magna, the National Media Museum and York Castle to take home the coveted prize, presented by Christa Ackroyd and Harry Gratian. This is not the first time the Museum has been recognised at the White Rose Awards. In 2003 the Museum won theTourism for All award and was also a finalist in the Best Tourism Experience of the Year category this year.
The Museum offers a truly unique tourism experience in the heart of Yorkshire; where former miners take visitors 140m underground and lead guided tours at the Museumâ€™s Caphouse Colliery site. The Museum has also maintained the old colliery surface buildings and developed an extensive collection, providing a truly memorable look at the story of one of the most important industries in our countryâ€™s social history.
Richard Saward Commercial Director said: â€œWeâ€™re delighted that the hard work the whole team have put into making the Museum such a great day out has been recognised and are honoured to be representing Yorkshire at the National Enjoy England Awards.â€