NORTON Priory Museum and Gardens in Runcorn has been chosen among the best of Cheshire's tourist attractions and put forward for a regional award.
The museum and grounds have been nominated as a contender for Best Small Visitor of the Year for the North West Tourist Board Chairman's Awards 2003.
Now it will be judged with other entries from Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Lancashire in the finals next year.
Norton Priory has grown from an interpretation of a large archaeological excavation of an Augustinian Priory to a multi-facetted 38-acre site, encompassing a Grade I Listed monastic Undercroft, priory ruins, woodland gardens, sculpture trail and two and a half acres of Georgian Walled Garden.
Other nominees in Cheshire include De Vere Carden Park Hotel south of Chester, Anderton Boat Lift and the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral.