Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

North's Heritage Sites Vie to Be Named Britain's Best

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

North's Heritage Sites Vie to Be Named Britain's Best

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Byline: By Liz Lamb

A nationwide search is under way to find Britain's best historic sites and a few special places in the North East have already been nominated. Liz Lamb has the details

Which heritage sites do you love to visit? The region has a rich catalogue of historic places and some have already made it on a list of Britain's best.

UKTV History and presenter Alan Titchmarsh are on the hunt for the best historic sites in the country and are giving viewers the chance to vote for their favourites.

Cragside, Alnwick Castle, Lindisfarne Priory, Warkworth Castle and Hadrian's Wall have all been nominated.

Durham Cathedral and Bamburgh Castle have also made it into a list of the top 25 in the country.

On April 9 the search will be officially launched when the presenter will host a series of programmes showcasing some of the finest heritage sites in the country.

Alan wants viewers to recommend local historic sites so if you want to recommend places in the North East this is you chance.

The show with the most votes will be crowned Britain's Best.

Alan says: "You don't have to go far to see some of the great buildings or gardens from our past and we want you to tell us about the ones dear to you so others can enjoy them too."

The Britain's Best campaign began online on March 16 at www.uktvhistory.co.uk.

The website unveiled a list of 100 nominated sites across Britain, with information and clips of some of Britain's fascinating locations.

Sites in the directory include Hampton Court, the Bronte Parsonage, Leeds Castle, Kew Gardens, Stonehenge, Iona Abbey, Castle Howard Gardens and Anne Hathaway's cottage.

Voters will be able to join in the hunt by uploading clips, images and information and log their own personal memories of places and inspiring others to discover and learn more about their own local history.

On April 9 at 9pm a five-part TV series called Britain's Best, will introduce 25 of the first nominated places, as chosen by UKTV History.

The series takes a look at some of the most historic and fascinating sites across Britain; investigating the past of these amazing locations, uncovering some little-known facts and providing a wonderful insight into our heritage.

During the summer there will be a number of regionally themed programmes culminating in a final 90-minute final in which Alan Titchmarsh will reveal Britain's Best historic sites - as voted for by you the British public.

Nominating and voting couldn't be easier; you can take part across all platforms ( interactive TV (red button), online, mobile phone and even voting at some of the venues.

Adrian Wills, UKTV History channel head says: "This event provides something for everybody. It will allow real history fans to delve deeper into the historic sites of Britain, but also allows the more casual history viewer to discover the best and most important parts of Britain's rich heritage.

"We want to engage the public with the history around them - whether it is voting for or visiting the sites around Britain."

Sites in the North East that have been nominated

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral has been described as one of the great architectural experiences of Europe and is renowned as a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture.

Workers started building it in 1093 and it was largely completed within 40 years.

It is the only cathedral in England to retain almost all of its Norman craftsmanship, and one of few to preserve the unity and integrity of its original design.

The cathedral was built to house the shrine of St Cuthbert, in whose honour pilgrims came to Durham from all over England.

Bamburgh Castle

The earliest-known reference to Bamburgh Castle dates back to 547, as the seat of an Anglo-Saxon ruler called Ida. …

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