October 19, 2022 11.51 am This story is over 18 months old

Lincoln Castle, The Collection, and Usher Gallery named among nation’s best

Recognised by VisitEngland

Lincoln Castle and The Collection Museum and Usher Gallery have received Welcome Accolades, recognising them as amongst the best visitor attractions in the country.

VisitEngland’s Accolades are designed to celebrate excellence within the visitor attraction sector and showcase those that go the extra mile to provide a high-quality day out. The Lincoln venues have been highlighted for the warm and friendly welcome they provide to visitors.

Paul Mason, visitor experience manager at The Collection Museum and Usher Gallery, said he was over the moon to receive the accolade:

“The Collection has had a bumper year, with over 78,000 visitors through the doors for some of our most popular exhibitions ever, so this award is just the icing on the cake for us.

“We’re always keen to offer new events, exhibitions and experiences to keep people coming back to the city and to us, and a national award like this helps put The Collection and Lincoln on the map.”

The Collection Museum and Usher Gallery showcase the county’s rich archaeology and art, and the new exhibition ‘Best Art Vinyl: Album Artwork Through the Ages’ opens this weekend (Saturday 22 October).

It’s the second year running that Lincoln Castle has received the national award. Caroline Ward, visitor experience manager at the castle, said: “Our team of staff and volunteers work hard to ensure that everyone receives the best experience at Lincoln Castle.

“From being a place for people to meet in the heart of the city, to playing host to the world’s biggest Steampunk Festival and the ever-popular Christmas Market, the castle means so many different things to different people. But one thing all visitors have in common; a warm welcome is waiting for them at Lincoln Castle.”

The 11th century castle turned tourist hotspot is now looking forward to welcoming tens of thousands of visitors over the festive period for the city’s annual Christmas Market, followed by their magical Lincoln Castle Illuminated event.

Cllr Lindsey Cawrey, executive member for cultural services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “In a predominantly rural county like ours, to receive more than one of these awards is a such a huge achievement.

“I’m delighted that VisitEngland have recognised the hard work our teams do to provide the best experiences for guests and share our rich history and culture. The visitor economy is so important for this area, and awards like this really help to put our venues, our city, and our county in the national spotlight.

“These venues offer a wide range of events, activities and exhibitions that attract many thousands of visitors each year – both locals and tourists alike. And I hope residents feel a sense of pride that we have attractions at the top of their game right here in the city.”