Durham Cathedral has been named BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Heritage Site of the Year.
The cathedral was up against stiff competition from Stonehenge, Rutland Water and Tenby for the prestigious award.
More than 56,000 people took part in the vote for a winner.
Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, told Premier: “We are thrilled with this; it’s a fantastic award and an accolade for the cathedral.”
The 11th century cathedral, which is part of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomes more than 750,000 visitors a year.
Rev Andrew said that it was easy to balance being both a popular visitors attraction and a place of worship.
He told Premier: “We love having visitors here. Lots of them will come because it’s a beautiful building, world-class architecture with a Romanesque structure.