Mary Rose Museum nabs another top tourism gong

WINNER The new Mary Rose Museum
WINNER The new Mary Rose Museum
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THE Mary Rose Museum has picked up another top tourism award.

The museum, at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, won the Best UK Tourism Project award from the British Guild of Travel Writers.

The ship-shaped building, which houses the timbers of the Mary Rose, opened to the public in May last year.

Sally Tyrell, the head of development at the Mary Rose Trust, said: ‘I was delighted to receive the award on behalf of everyone involved with the Mary Rose and those involved with the creation of our wonderful new museum.

‘It was an honour for us to win the Best UK Tourism award especially as it was voted for by members of the guild.’

The two runners-up in the category were the extension to East Grinstead’s Bluebell Railway, and Belfast’s £97m Titanic Museum.

Other projects to receive awards on the night were the renovation of Amsterdam’s national Rijksmuseum and the rebirth of the Tren Crucero railway in Ecuador.

Each tourism project was completed within the last three years, and was nominated by a guild member.

They were all selected by a secret ballot of the guild’s 275 professional journalists, writers, editors, photographers and broadcasters.

They were asked to evaluate each proposed project on the basis of tourism potential and benefit to the local community.