Durham Cathedral named one of the UK’s five favorite historic sites and top free attraction

Durham Cathedral has been rated one of the UK’s five favorite historic sites and named the best free attraction.

The cathedral came fifth in the chart of the UK’s favorite historic sites, following a survey of nearly 3,000 Which? members. The site shares the ranking with Stirling Castle.

The survey looked at nine criteria, including overall value for money, helpfulness of staff and lack of crowds. Durham Cathedral received five stars in five of nine categories, including lack of crowds and value for money.

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But it only got two stars for facilities. Durham Cathedral was the highest-rated free attraction, however, with an 86% patronage score.

The historic UK attractions that take the top spots are Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire and the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh. Sites came out on top in Which? on the UK’s top historic attractions and both achieved an impressive overall score of 88%, beating well-known attractions such as Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London to first place.

Culzean Castle and National Park in Scotland, run by the National Trust for Scotland, and the Roman Baths and Pump Room in Bath, which both score 87%, come third in the survey by the consumer advocate.

Culzean Castle got a full five stars for the facilities, plus another five for how well the description matched the experience on offer. One respondent raved that the castle “is not to be missed”, while others praised the “incredible views and walks”.

The Roman Baths praised the opportunity to explore the “fascinating” and “well-preserved” ruins in the heart of the Honey Stone City. The attraction scored an impressive five stars for its engagement and entertainment value, with several respondents saying which one? that they enjoyed the high quality video exhibits on offer.

Guy Hobbs, editor of Which? Travel said: “This year, two very different but equally impressive historic attractions dominated our survey, and it’s easy to see why. Fountains Abbey and the Royal Yacht Britannia provide a once-in-a-lifetime day out with visitors telling us that they appreciated the opportunity to immerse themselves in a slice of history for the day.

“Whether you’re looking to get back to nature or explore the hidden stories of our remarkable cities, Which?’s rankings of the UK’s best historic attractions have something to inspire you.”

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