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Meet the furry faces of fame on the fells

A pair of dogs from Keswick have won a tourism award for their work in bringing more visitors into Keswick and promoting it as a dog-friendly place.

Max and Paddy have become social media stars:

Wordsworth House celebrates bumper year

Credit: Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House in Cockermouth has had its busiest visitor season for five years.

More than 29,000 people visited to the childhood home of the world famous poet between March and October.

Two special exhibitions were held, which saw a visitor increase of 15 percent on the previous year.

The house was affected by flooding in 2015 along with the rest of the town, but reopened in April 2016 following extensive repairs.

"Both the flood in 2009 and 2015 did hit us very hard, there was an awful lot of work for the staff team over both of those winters.

"So it's taken a little while to get back on track, but it's really nice to sort of feel we're on an upward trajectory now with that."

– Zoe Gilbert, Wordsworth House

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Beacon museum shortlisted for tourism award

Beacon museum, Whitehaven. Credit: ITV Border

The Beacon museum in Whitehaven, west Cumbria, has been shortlisted for a Cumbria Tourism Award.

The museum received a nomination in the 'Visitor Attraction of the Year' category.

Its visitor numbers have increased by 24%, with over 24,000 visitors over the last year.

This recognition adds to what visitors are already telling us. We hear frequently about how visitors love the new exhibitions and upgraded events. We get excited about innovating and change, so that we remain relevant both for locals and for tourists.

– Elizabeth Kwasnik, museum manager

The Cumbria Tourism Awards will be held on Wednesday, 21st June.

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Tourism boost for Scottish Borders' abbeys

Melrose Abbey Credit: PA

There has been a six percent increase in footfall at historic abbeys in the Scottish Borders.

Over the last 11 months a record-breaking four million people have visited historical sites across Scotland.

Together Melrose, Jedburgh and Dryburgh Abbeys welcomed more than 90,000 visitors, an increase of six percent on the same period last year.

Top of the trio of historic staffed attractions in the Scottish Borders was the medieval Melrose Abbey, which saw footfall increase to 49,566, a jump of around eight percent year-on-year.

That makes it the tenth most visited staffed attraction in Scotland.

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