Now in their ninth year, the Visit England accolades were launched to celebrate excellent attractions and showcase those that go the extra mile to provide a high-quality day out. A thrilled Cllr Lindsey Cawrey, executive member for culture at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Lincoln Castle truly outperforms in the tourism world.
“Earlier this year it was revealed to have been England’s most visited free castle in 2022, and now the unforgettable days out and exciting events it offers have been recognised with this Gold Award from Visit England.” Every year, the castle brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors, helping to boost the county’s tourist economy.
Cllr Cawrey added: “For a sector that is struggling, nationally, to recover from the effects of the pandemic and an ongoing cost of living crisis, it’s important we celebrate Lincoln Castle’s success as an opportunity to entice more people to enjoy our beautiful county.” Tourism is one of England’s largest and most valuable industries, and across Lincolnshire the sector is worth around £2.39bn to the local economy.
Andrew Stokes, the director of Visit England, said: “These accolades are a testament to the outstanding experiences and customer service that attractions in England give visitors. They also recognise different aspects of the visitor experience with attractions that really go the extra mile, whether it’s offering exceptional food and drink or magical storytelling.
“The attractions honoured today go out of their way to make visits memorable, creating reasons for people to travel to new locations, also boosting local economies across England.”