Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North-East Tourism's Roll of Honour

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North-East Tourism's Roll of Honour

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Winners of the first North East Tourism Awards, by category

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year: Laing Art Gallery

The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, houses outstanding collections of British oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, silver and glassware.

(0191) 232-7734, www.twmuseums.org.uk

Best Family Experience: Life Science Centre

Life in Newcastle is an innovative science centre with a regularly changing programme of displays and interactives, offering a unique blend of education and entertainment.

(0191) 243-8210, www.lifescience.org.uk

Most Welcoming Experience: Killhope Lead Mining Museum

Killhope, in Weardale, County Durham, is Britain's most complete lead mining site and provides a tea room and conference facilities.

(01388) 537505, www.durham.gov.uk/killhope

Small Visitor Attraction: The National Trust's Gibside

The 18th Century Palladian Chapel and Long Walk at Rowlands Gill were given to the National Trust in the 1970s by the Earl of Strathmore. The Trust opened the restored stables and orangery this year.

(01207) 541824, www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Outstanding Customer Service Award: Neville Hails, Discovery Museum

Museum assistant Neville is well known for his enthusiasm and breadth of knowledge at the Newcastle museum.

Discovery: (0191) 232-6789, www.twmuseums.org.uk

Tourism Ambassador of the Year: Jan Williams

Blue Badge Guide Jan has an unparalleled knowledge of the region and enthusiasm for sharing this with visitors.

Small Hotel of the Year: Seaham Hall Hotel and Serenity Spa

The former home of Sir Ralph Milbanke, whose daughter Annabella married the poet Lord Byron at the hall in 1815. After extensive refurbishment the hall opened in 2002 as a hotel and spa.

(0191) 516-1400, www.seaham-hall.com

Large Hotel, and Business Tourism of the Year: Matfen Hall Hotel Golf Spa

The hall opened as a hotel after careful restoration. …

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