Attractions could be named best in the south

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TWO popular Portsmouth tourist attractions are in the running to win top awards.

The Mary Rose Museum, which has already won a string of honours since opening in 2013, has been nominated for the top ‘tourism award’ in Tourism South East’s Beautiful South Awards.

The museum is vying for the honour alongside Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre and the Oxford Bus Company.

The museum is also a finalist in a Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category.

Solent Forts, which operates the offshore No Man’s Fort and Spitbank Fort near Portsmouth, has been nominated in a Tourism Experience of the Year category.

Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island was named ‘highly commended’ in a Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year category.

Tourism South East chief executive Nigel Smith said: ‘The judges have again had the unenviable and difficult task of deciding which of these businesses deserve to be recognised as the best of the best.’ The winners will be announced on December 2.