Houghton Hall has won one of the prestigious 2016 Hudson’s Heritage Awards which were announced on Tuesday.
It was highly commended in the category of Best Event/Exhibition, sponsored by Elllesiastical Insurance, for LightScape, which featured the work of American artist James Turrell last summer.
Established in 2011, the awards are an independently judged, annual, national scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites and celebrate the very best visitor experiences.
Distinguished television historian Dan Cruickshank presented the awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London.
Dunham Massey in Cheshire was the winner of the category where Houghton was highly commended.
Other winners included Newby Hall in Yorkshire (Best Family Day Out), Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire (Best Eating Out), Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire (Best New Discovery) and Painshill Gardens, Surrey (Hidden Gem).
Sarah Greenwood, publisher of market leading guide, Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens, said: “The judges had been impressed by the standards of innovation and the range of visitor experiences this year.
“From great food to original loos, visitors to today’s heritage sites can expect more than just history and beauty on a day out, though there is always plenty of both!”
Lord Cholmondeley, owner of Houghton Hall, said he was proud to have hosted the exhibition. He said: “We are delighted with this award which recognises Houghton Hall as an important venue for contemporary art as well as being one of the country’s greatest historic houses.”