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Durham Cathedral Heritage Site of the Year!

Durham Cathedral has been crowned BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Heritage Site of the Year following a public vote which saw a ‘landslide’ of votes cast for the magnificent cathedral.

Durham Cathedral was short-listed for the prestigious Heritage Site of the Year award in January 2017 by Bill Bryson, along with Stonehenge, Rutland Water, Tenby and Skara Brae. The voting campaign ran from 19 January to 28 February, with 56,000 voters cast across 12 categories from Pub of the Year to Holiday Destination of the Year.

On Tuesday 14 March, it was announced that Durham Cathedral had been crowned BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Heritage Site of the Year 2017. Part of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral is renowned as one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe and the resting place of St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede. The Cathedral welcomes over 750,000 visitors each year, and was the most visited free attraction in the North East in 2016.

On nominating Durham Cathedral for the award, Bill Bryson said: “I have a sentimental attachment to Durham because I was Chancellor at the University for seven years, so was constantly in and out of the cathedral. Almost 1,000 years old, it is unquestionably one of the supreme achievements of the architectural world, and the most thoroughly satisfying building I know – a wonder to behold from every possible vantage point, inside and out.”

Now in their sixth year, the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2017 are a celebration of the British countryside and its people – from great heritage attractions to favourite holiday destinations. This year’s winners will appear in the May issue of the Magazine on sale 7 April. For more information about the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards, please visit