Cork visitor attraction beats Harry Potter studio tour and Cliffs of Moher to travel award

Cork visitor attraction beats Harry Potter studio tour and Cliffs of Moher to travel award
Liam Foley of Cork prison and John Crotty, Spike Island manager, attending the launch of the Shivs and Shanks exhibition in Spike Island. Picture: David Keane. 12.03.2019

A Cork visitor attraction has beaten off stiff competition to be named Best Attraction at the International Tourism and Travel Awards 2019.

Spike Island was ranked ahead of another Irish landmark the Cliffs of Moher, as well as Les Villages Nature at Disneyland Paris and the Dark Sky Alqueva in Portugal to the accolade.

The former prison, which is a ten-minute ferry journey from Cobh, won the gold award.

Sengan-en, Shoko Shuseikan Museum, and Satsuma Kiriko Glassworks Renovation Project in Japan came second, while the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London came highly commended.

The judges of the awards are all prominent members of the travel community.

The award for Spike Island, which once held over 2300 prisoners, comes off the back of the 2017 World Travel award, which they won ahead of Buckingham Palace and the Eiffel Tower.

In conjunction with WTM London, the International Travel & Tourism Awards takes place at the Magazine London. The awards provide a platform to honour the front-runners in travel and tourism across 15 categories.

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