Incredible Places: The results

Published 11 March 2014

We're pleased to announce the winner of our competition, which asked art lovers to share their Incredible Places.

Our Incredible Places campaign celebrates everything that the National Art Pass has to offer: from museums and galleries to historic houses, exhibitions and works of art. A few weeks ago, we asked readers to share their favourite incredible place with us, and offered a unique prize for the best story: two train tickets to anywhere in mainland Britain.

Hundreds of entries poured in from around the country, full of heartwarming personal stories – your Incredible Places varied from the world-famous museums to British beaches, from local galleries to legendary works of art. (We encouraged entrants to not take 'places' too literally.) Some of our favourites included entries about the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London, John Everett Millais' painting Ophelia and Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight.

But there could only be one winner – and that was Lauren Sagar, who chose the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden in St Ives; or more specifically, Hepworth's garden shed.

Her winning entry: 'Visiting Barbara Hepworth's garden was like being there with her. She had a shed where she used to spend many hours, and sometimes sleep there. I couldn't go into the shed itself, but I felt so moved by the thought of this amazing artist spending time in this very simple building looking out over her garden, which is like an artwork itself. It's actually quite small but the way she has designed it feels lush, dramatic and intimate all at the same time. The day I visited was grey and rainy but it really didn't affect the beauty of the garden or the pleasure I experienced there. The calm, creative atmosphere made me feel like I could create anything. It was like everything came together beautifully; the whole world was there. Given the chance I would have moved into the shed that day; all I felt I needed was the clothes on my back, my imagination, the garden and Barbara Hepworth feeling close by – pure joy.'

As part of her prize, Lauren is travelling back to St Ives, for another look at Hepworth's shed.

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition. If you love visiting Incredible Places, find out more about the National Art Pass, which gives free entry to hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK, and half-price entry to major exhibitions. And feel free to share your #incredibleplaces on Twitter!

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