Staff at a stately home are celebrating after it scooped a top award.
Chatsworth House has been awarded silver in the large visitor attraction of the year category at the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2015.
Peregine Cavendish, the Duke of Devonshire, owner of the stately home said: “Chatsworth is a very special place with a dedicated and passionate team, who continually strive to exceed visitor expectations and deliver excellent customer service. “I am thrilled the hard work and commitment to our visitors has been recognised at such a high level.”
The awards recognise excellence in customer service, quality and innovation.
Chatsworth was narrowly beaten to gold by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in Telford, Shropshire.
Chatsworth has undergone significant changes in recent years with improvements to its events, exhibition programme and visitor services.
Last year it added a new contemporary art and sculpture exhibition in the house and a week of evening events called ‘Luminaire’ was held with tours of the house by candle light and night-time projections in the garden.
The winners were announced at a ceremony held at concert venue Sage Gateshead.