Four of Lincolnshire’s main tourist attractions have been rewarded for offering the perfect day out.
Gainsborough Old Hall, The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire, Museum of Lincolnshire Life, and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre have all been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the world’s largest travel review website, TripAdvisor.
The prize honours those that consistently receive outstanding feedback from travellers. It’s given to any establishment with a rating of at least four, out of a possible five, and is won by only the top 10% of all the site’s listed attractions, restaurants and places to stay.
Each of the county council-run attractions achieved at least 4.5, with Gainsborough Old Hall earning top marks.
Stephen Kaufer, president and CEO of TripAdvisor, says: “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top-performing establishments the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”
Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Councillor for Culture, says: “It’s great to have such positive and independent feedback from our visitors. It’s a real pat on the back for our staff and volunteers who work so hard to help hundreds of thousands of people enjoy our award-winning attractions.”
THE COLLECTION brings together an award-winning archaeology museum and the region’s premier art gallery – the Usher Gallery – in the heart of historic Lincoln. The museum takes visitors on a journey through the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages before exploring the Roman, Saxon, Viking and Medieval eras. The Usher Gallery displays a diverse collection of fine and decorative arts, including loans from national collections, and a vibrant programme of temporary exhibitions. The attraction was enjoyed by more than 140,000 visitors last year. www.thecollectionmuseum.com
The 550-year-old Gainsborough OLD HALL is one of the nation’s most impressive and best preserved medieval manor houses. The attraction offers a variety of events and exhibitions, as well as an award-winning schools’ education programme. It was enjoyed by more than 29,000 visitors last year. www.gainsborougholdhall.com
The MUSEUM OF LINCOLNSHIRE LIFE attraction is the largest and most diverse community museum in Lincolnshire. Its collection celebrates the culture of Lincolnshire and its people from 1750 to the present day. It is also home to an original WW1 tank and an exhibition showcasing the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment. The attraction was enjoyed by more than 68,000 visitors last year. www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/museumoflincolnshirelife
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre offers a unique chance to see some of the last remaining fully-operational aircraft that defended the nation’s skies during WW2. The RAF aircraft are regularly seen at events commemorating the Second World War, British state occasions, and at air displays throughout the world. The attraction was enjoyed by more than 33,000 visitors last year. www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/battleofbritain