Captain Cook Museum Recognised As Top UK Attraction

There are few that wouldn’t find the history of Captain Cook fascinating, so it's about time the museum received this great acclaim.

Although it may only be located on a peaceful side street in the tranquil seaside town of Whitby, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum has achieved the recognition it very much deserves. A small museum operated largely by volunteers, the Captain Cook Museum is by far one of Whitby’s most prized assets, allowing visitors to take a step back in time and discover the legend of Captain Cook who once sailed the shores of the Whitby Coastline.

Attracting over 20,000 visitors every year, the museum has bagged the gold award for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, at the VisitEnglands Awards for Excellency Competition in Manchester.  The Museum’s spokesman Charles Forgan told the Whitby Gazette, “When you look at our leaflet at the moment it says ‘One of Yorkshire’s best’. I think it’s perfectly reasonable not to say, ‘one of Britain’s best’.”

Funded by the Cook Museum Trust Charity, the newly acclaimed top British tourist attraction, which recently celebrated its 25th birthday, fended off competition from 21 other entrants to win the prestigious title. This latest achievement builds on a number of previous accolades, taking home a Yorkshire’s White Rose Award in both 2005 and last year in 2012, however it’s safe to say this is the first achievement that has made this fantastic, family friendly attraction recognised on a national level.

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