WALES: House Proud; HISTORIC HALL IS VOTED BRITAIN'S FAVOURITE

Daily Post (Liverpool, England), September 20, 2007 | Go to article overview

WALES: House Proud; HISTORIC HALL IS VOTED BRITAIN'S FAVOURITE


Byline: By CARL BUTLER

ERDDIG, the 18th century house and estate near Wrexham, has been voted by one of the top 10 favourite historic sites in Britain - and number one historic house.

More than 600,000 votes were cast in the survey carried out by UKTV's Britain's Best programme in a six-month search for the public's favourite historic place.

With over 12,000 votes, Erddig came in at number eight in the poll, snapping at the heels of Stonehenge, HMS Victory, Liverpool Cathedral, Tamworth Castle, Lincoln Castle, Hadrian's Wall and York Minster.

As well as being a comprehensive directory of historical sites, including recommendations for the best places to visit, one of the aims of UKTV's Britain's Best was to discover the places that the public really love.

Over the past six months, the public have voted for their favourite historical sites via web, red button, post, phone and SMS.

The criteria were that the site was of historical significance, open to the public and located in England, Scotland or Wales.

Jamie Watson, property manager at Erddig, said: "We are absolutely thrilled that we have been chosen as one of the UK's top historic site - it's a real achievement.

"It goes to show that Erddig offers a great day out with something to suit everyone - those who want to learn about the fascinating history of the house and its servants, those interested in art, interiors and gardening and visitors who just want a picturesque setting to enjoy a quiet afternoon stroll, bike ride or carriage ride with family or friends in a glorious setting before tucking into some tea and cake in the restaurant. …

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