Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 14:45

The Eden Project in Cornwall last night (Wednesday November 25, 2015) won Best UK Leisure Attraction at the British Travel Awards for an unprecedented fifth year in a row.

Eden was up against Longleat Safari Park, The LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, The Scotch Whisky Experience, The South West Coast Path National Trail and Tower Bridge Exhibition for the prestigious award.

The results were announced at the BTA Gala Awards Dinner held at Battersea Evolution in London. The Awards are the biggest of their kind in the industry. Winners are shortlisted by a panel of professionals and chosen by public vote.

As well as Eden’s triumph, the award for Best UK Holiday County or Destination was won by Cornwall for the seventh year running. Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, collected the award on behalf of the county.

After collecting Eden’s trophy, Managing Director Gordon Seabright, who also sits on the board of Visit Cornwall, said: “What a great night for Eden and Cornwall.

“To win these prestigious awards for the fifth and seventh years running is a phenomenal achievement for the Project and for the Duchy.

“Eden’s award is all the more special due to the quality of the other contenders and the fact that we have had a great year all round. Thanks largely to our epic Dinosaur Uproar programme, we had our highest summer visitor numbers for eight years and bookings for Christmas at Eden starting this weekend are at an all-time high.”

Capping a successful night for Cornwall, the north Cornwall town of Bude was named Best UK Coastal Resort.

The British Travel Awards have been running since 2008 and cover more than 75 categories including destinations, accommodation and customer care.

Eden’s win at the British Travel Awards came just a day after the project won the green category at the inaugural National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards.

Eden triumphed over fellow nominees the High Line, a garden on a section of elevated disused railway track in New York City, and See Turtles, a project that protects endangered turtles by supporting community-based conservation efforts.