TOURIST attraction Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, has won a top industry award for the state of its loos.

The castle was given the accolade in the 2017 Hudson’s Heritage Awards, which were established in 2011 to reward the very best of the nation's tourist attractions.

The award was presented to representatives of Eastnor Castle at a ceremony at Goldsmiths Hall in London.

David Littlewood, the castle's general manager, said “We are delighted to have won a 2017 Hudson’s Heritage Award. It demonstrates the high standards and commitment we offer our visitors to ensure their experience is the very best. We are delighted to have the acknowledgement and recognition that Eastnor Castle is amongst the elite of heritage attractions in the UK."

Sarah Greenwood, publisher of Hudson’s Historic Houses and Gardens, said: “The finalists in 2017 showcase an amazing range of experiences just waiting for us all to enjoy at Britain’s heritage places.

"This year they include three World Heritage Sites but also iconic castles, public buildings, unusual gardens and stunning country houses several of which are not well known. We at Hudson’s would like to congratulate them all on setting the standards for others to follow."