Four star success for Peterhead attraction

Thursday 17th November 2016, Peterhead, Scotland. 

Peterhead Prison Museum has been awarded a quality qssurance 4* visitor attraction.

Pictured: Former Prison officer Jackie Stewart, Jo Robinson, Regional Director, Visit Scotland Alex Geddes from the from Peterhead Prison Museum

(Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)
Thursday 17th November 2016, Peterhead, Scotland. Peterhead Prison Museum has been awarded a quality qssurance 4* visitor attraction. Pictured: Former Prison officer Jackie Stewart, Jo Robinson, Regional Director, Visit Scotland Alex Geddes from the from Peterhead Prison Museum (Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)

A new Peterhead tourist attraction has received a four star rating from Visit Scotland just six months after opening its doors.

Peterhead Prison Museum received the Four Star Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance award from the national tourism organisation in its first ever grading.

The museum has already welcomed more than 45,000 visitors since it opened its doors in June.

It tells the story of the first convict prison, from its opening in 1888 right through to its recent closure in 2013.

Jo Robinson, VisitScotland’s Regional Director, said: “I would like to congratulate Alex Geddes and his enthusiastic staff at Peterhead Prison Museum on this well-deserved achievement following their first ever grading visit.

“They are providing a fantastic, interesting and unique visitor experience, which is reflected in this 4 Star award.”

Conrad Ritchie, spokesman for the Admiralty Gateway upon whose complex the Museum sits, said: “Peterhead Prison was an important part of local and national history. Its creation went hand in hand with the creation of Peterhead’s harbour of refugee in the late 1800s.

“It is beneficial to preserve this and in doing so we are able to boost the local economy in as many ways as possible.”