Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire and Isle of Wight tourist attractions awarded £3.7m

Isle of Wight Railway
Image caption The Isle of Wight Railway is said to house one of the most important collections of historic railway rolling stock

Three tourist attractions in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight have been awarded £3.7m of Lottery money.

Quarr Abbey on the island, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and Twyford Waterworks near Winchester will carry out conservation and restoration work.

The railway will also benefit from a large shed to house more than 80 locomotives, carriages and wagons.

A new visitor centre will be built at the Grade I-listed abbey and a workshop at Twyford Waterworks.

Image caption Parts of Quarr Abbey are Grade I-listed

Stuart McLeod, head of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in the region, said: "A rare time capsule Edwardian waterworks, one of the 100 most endangered historic sites in the world, and one of the world's most important collections of historic railway rolling stock.

"All will now offer exciting opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in heritage on their doorstep while these special places are conserved and protected for future generations."

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