Yorkshire Sculpture park wins attraction accolade

Yorkshire Sculpture Park was chosen as 'Most Magnificent Attraction'.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park was chosen as 'Most Magnificent Attraction'.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park has been named the county’s ‘Most Magnificent Attraction’ after a public vote.

The open-air arts venue, in West Bretton near Wakefield, fought off competition from the likes of Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Flamingo Land to claim the title.

The park’s executive director Peter Murray said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been voted Yorkshire’s Most Magnificent Attraction. It means so much because it is decided by visitors.

“This award is a brilliant way of stimulating competition and showcasing Yorkshire’s diverse range of attractions to the world.”

The competition was run by the Yorkshire Attractions Group, which was founded 11 years ago and now has a membership of 18 venues across the county, including Leeds’s Royal Armouries and the Thackray Museum. Xscape in Castleford and the National Coal Mining Museum and Hepworth Wakefield are also in the group.

The poll – on the company’s website – attracted nearly 5,000 votes, the bulk of which went to the group’s members.

Last year’s winner, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, came second in the competition, with Flamingoland third and North Yorkshire Moors Railway fourth.

Deborah Hindley, chair of Yorkshire’s Magnificent Attractions, said: “We’re delighted with the phenomenal response we’ve had from the public during voting.

“YSP’s success in coming out on top in the poll is testament to its continuing dedication to offering the public one of the best days out in Yorkshire.

“The top four venues, as voted for by the public during this process, are truly reflective of the range of high class attractions available to people living in or visiting Yorkshire.”

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