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Thursday 31 July 2008
31 July 2008
Castleton Visitor Centre shortlisted for tourism award
The visitor centre, run by the National Park Authority, incorporates a museum and focuses on the heritage, places to visit and wildlife around Castleton. It offers tourism services and displays on village life, local traditions and industries, and adventure sports such as pot-holing and climbing.
The visitor centre was opened in 2004 after consultations with the local community, and Castleton Historical Society is a vital partner in mounting exhibitions. The museum received official recognition from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council earlier this year for its standards of conservation and collaborative work.
The centre regularly receives school parties and holds activity days in school holidays.
It has a shop where visitors can buy maps, guidebooks and souvenirs, and its information staff have a wealth of local knowledge on accommodation, places to visit or events. A booking service is also available for accommodation and theatre tickets.
National park director of operations Richard Campen said: “Castleton Visitor Centre has become a vital first stop for visitors to the Hope Valley. With attractions like the show caverns, Peveril Castle and the moorland walks, this is one of the most popular tourist areas in the region, and we hope the judges agree that the visitor centre staff and services are second to none.”
The regional Enjoy England Excellence award-winners will be announced at a dinner at the East Midlands Conference Centre on October 8.