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5 July 2018

Edinburgh Castle nominated for UK’s Best Heritage Attraction award

Visitors urged to cast their votes for the iconic castle in this year’s British Travel Awards

View of Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street gardens

Voting has opened for the 2018 British Travel Awards (BTA) and Edinburgh Castle is again in the running to claim the title of the Best UK Heritage Attraction.

Edinburgh Castle is the number one paid-for visitor attraction in Scotland. Last year for the first time, over 2 million people visited; a record 15% increase on the previous year. The castle has been nominated for a BTA before and previously won four times in a row, in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Edinburgh Castle Executive Manager, Nick Finnigan, said:

“This nomination is a huge vote of confidence in Edinburgh Castle’s high-quality exhibitions, fascinating history, professional staff and incredible views of the city.

If we were to win, this award would build on a fantastic year for the castle - we have experienced another record-breaking season, with more people coming through the castle gates than ever before.

“We are so grateful to all our wonderful visitors and we thank them for their continued support. We’re up against some stiff competition in the Best UK Leisure/Heritage Attraction category and we ask our visitors to vote for Edinburgh Castle to win.”

The deadline to cast votes is 30 September 2018. The 2018 BTA Winners will be announced in London on 28 November 2018.

The BTAs are the largest and most influential poll of consumer opinion on the performance of leisure travel and tourism providers.

For more information about the BTAs, and to cast your vote, visit:


Notes for editors

  • For more information about Edinburgh Castle, visit: https://www.edinburghcastle.scot/
  • The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK created to reward the best companies in travel.
  • The British Travel Awards are considered the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the travel industry.

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