Judges said that the advance information available online to potential visitors to the Eden Project is better than any other site, and highlighted that being able to book wheelchairs for a visit is an excellent, simple initiative that demonstrates how the Eden Project has given consideration to ever aspect of the visitor experience. Judges enthused that the Eden Project deserves its place as one of the country's top attractions, adding the attraction is "fantastic on every level".
Historic passenger steamship Brunel's SS Great Britain won the Best Heritage Venue; London's Science Museum won Best Family Venue; the Best Free Venue accolade went to Locomotion: National Railway Museum in Shildon, County Durham and the Best Active Venue award was taken by the Cairngorm Funicular Railway and Ski Centre. The winners are united by their awareness and understanding of their visitors' needs as well as their creativity and attention to detail in meeting those needs.
The awards, supported by Motability Operations and launched to coincide with the third edition of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, were presented by TV presenter Ben Fogle at a reception in London's Tate Modern.
The panel of judges included Ian Macrae, editor of Disability Now; Martin Dunford, founder, Rough Guides; Lara Masters, Britain's Missing Top Model judge and Rough Guide reviewer; and Delia Ray, head of marketing, Motability Operations.
A full review of each winner - including details of how they achieved their accolade - will feature in the third edition of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, due for publication in April 2010.