In Awards

The annual winners of the Visit England accolades for 2018 have recently been announced. Each year Visit England awards accolades to visitor attractions in the categories of; Welcome, Hidden Gem, Best Told Story, Quality Food and Drink, and Gold (for all round performance). Each accolade is awarded based on the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme Assessment and the score received. The awards are now in their 5th year.

VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said of the awards:

“England is home to world-class attractions right across the country, welcoming visitors throughout the year and offering experiences of the highest quality including excellent food and drink and outstanding customer service.   It is also really fantastic to see these accolades recognising the work of those employees, managers and owners who make sure that all who pass through their doors have a truly memorable experience.”

Congratulations to the Tower of London who received a Gold Award for all round excellence.

Crown Jewels

Kirklinton Hall & Gardens in Cumbria (pictured below) received the accolade for its welcome, as did Winterbourne House and Garden in Birmingham and The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland.

Kirklinton HallYou can see the full list of winners here.

Both the Alnwick Garden and Winterbourne House & Garden have also been shortlisted for the forthcoming UK Heritage Awards 2019 hosted by Visit Heritage on 25th March at the Grocers’ Hall in London where the winners in each category will be announced.

The UK Heritage awards celebrate the best of UK heritage and hospitality. The full shortlist is as follows:

Full Shortlist 2019

Malvern Hills

Askham Hall

The Alnwick Garden

Chillingham Castle

Hever Castle

Petwood Hotel

Thirlestane Castle

The Guild Chapel

Back to backs

Harvington Hall

78 Derngate

Orlean’s House Gallery

The Listed Property Owners Club


Castle Howard


Royal Scots Club

Blenheim Palace

St Giles House

Bamburgh Castle

Broughton Hall

Adlington Hall

Dunvegan Castle

Winterbourne House & Garden




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