Friday, November 5, 2010 - 11:39

Thirteen other major attractions, including Alton Towers, London Zoo and Blackpool Pleasure Beach, were nominated in the same category as Eden. Alton Towers won gold while the National Trust scooped the bronze award.

The nominees were chosen by a panel of travel industry professionals and the final winners voted for by the public.
Cornwall won the category of Best Holiday County or Region for the second year running and St Ives won Best Seaside Town.

The ceremony took place tonight (Thursday November 4) at Battersea Evolution in London.

The awards were presented by comedian Greg Davies, who performed at this year's Eden Sessions summer gigs and plays Mr Gilbert in E4's sitcom The Inbetweeners. Sharing the stage with Greg was LBC presenter Nick Ferrari.

The British Travel Awards are the largest of their kind in the country. The categories cover more than 100 different types of experiences from destinations to transport and customer service.

Martin Williams, Sales and Marketing Director at Eden, said: "We're honoured to be given such a prestigious award, especially when the decision was made by the public and we were competing with such a good group of attractions.

"This year has been full of exciting developments for Eden. We have opened our Rainforest Lookout, which lets our visitors walk out over the top of the jungle canopy for the first time, and launched our Rainforest Balloon, which enables people to fly through our treetops.

"In March next year we celebrate our tenth birthday and we'll be reflecting on Eden's beginnings, how we've developed over the decade, and looking forward to the next ten years."

The full list of nominees in the same category as the Eden Project was: Alton Towers, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Cadbury World, Celtic Harmony, Go Ape, Ironbridge Gorge, London Zoo, Longleat, National Botanic Garden of Wales, National Trust, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Talyllyn Railwway, Thorpe Park.