LYME REGIS: The town’s Marine Aquarium has been named the third best of its kind in the UK by travel website TripAdvisor.

It is also ranked in the top 25 aquariums in Europe in the Travellers’ Choice Awards.

The awards honour top travel spots worldwide based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers.

Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for aquariums worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

It follows on from a Certificate of Excellence which was awarded to the aquarium earlier this year.

Aquarium owner, Max Gollop, pictured, said: “TripAdvisor represents the opinions of our visitors and it’s fantastic to know that they enjoy a visit here as we work hard to provide a great interactive and fun experience.

“We are pleased to be recognised as one of the best aquariums in Europe and hope that with this accolade we are able to reach out to a greater audience in our mission to spark our visitors’ imagination, arouse curiosity and give them an appreciation of the amazing marine life which can be found along the Jurassic coast.”