VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

What is it?

The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence provide an opportunity for all tourism businesses and attractions in England to gain recognition for excellent service.

Now in their 30th year, the Awards celebrate the very best in English tourism, championing excellence in best practice and customer service.

Go to the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence website for more information.

Cream of England’s tourism industry announced at VisitEngland’s annual Awards for Excellence

VisitEngland has revealed the cream of England’s tourism industry, announcing the winners of its Awards for Excellence for 2018.

The 21 winners were announced on St George’s Day at an event hosted by Kirstie Allsopp at the Bath Assembly Rooms. VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said:

“These awards shine a spotlight on our fantastic tourism industry, with the winners showcasing the quality, innovation and excellence on offer throughout the country.

 “From an outstanding boutique hotel in the Dales to a guided tour of York’s chocolate-making history, from pine holiday lodges on the sandy beaches of Cornwall to a quintessentially English country-pub in Hertfordshire, these winners provide outstanding and truly memorable visitor experiences.”

Award Winners

Bed & Breakfast of the Year

GOLD
Alkham Court Farmhouse, Kent

SILVER
The 25 Boutique B&B, Devon

BRONZE
South Lodge Boutique B&B, Buckinghamshire

Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year

Business Tourism Award

GOLD
Sage Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

SILVER
Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa, Cheshire

BRONZE
Tewkesbury Park, Gloucestershire

Dog Friendly Business of the Year

GOLD
Wallops Wood Cottages, Hampshire

SILVER
Bulleigh Barton Manor, Devon

BRONZE
Salad Days Beach Hut, Somerset

Guided Tour of the Year

GOLD
York’s Chocolate Story, Yorkshire

SILVER
World of Wedgwood, Staffordshire

BRONZE
Cotswolds Distillery, Warwickshire

Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year

GOLD
Landal Gwel an Mor, Cornwall

SILVER
Seafield Caravan Park, Northumberland

BRONZE
Polmanter Touring Park, Cornwall

Hotel of the Year

GOLD
Rudding Park, Yorkshire

SILVER
Lucknam Park, Wiltshire

BRONZE
Seaham Hall, County Durham

Inbound Tourism Award

GOLD
Beiwei 55°, London and Tyne & Wear

SILVER
The Roman Baths & Pump Room, Bath & North East Somerset

BRONZE
The Grand Hotel & Spa, Yorkshire

Inclusive Tourism Award

GOLD
The Roman Baths & Pump Room, Bath & North East Somerset

SILVER
Mylor Sailing & Powerboat School, Cornwall

BRONZE
Cottage in the Dales, Yorkshire

Innovation in Tourism Award

GOLD
British Airways i360, East Sussex

SILVER
Go North East, Tyne & Wear

BRONZE
English Lake District China Forum, Cumbria

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

GOLD
National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire

SILVER
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

BRONZE
Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Dorset

New Tourism Business Award

GOLD
Stasher, London

SILVER
Ascent Trampoline Park, Lancashire

BRONZE
Loose Reins, Dorset

Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

GOLD
The Charterhouse, London

SILVER
Hall Hill Farm, County Durham

BRONZE
Screech Owl Sanctuary & Wildlife Park, Cornwall

Sustainable Tourism Award

GOLD
Laverock Law Cottages, Northumberland

SILVER
Browsholme Hall, Lancashire

BRONZE
Colton House, Staffordshire

Taste of England Award

GOLD
Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park, Wiltshire

SILVER
Miller’s Fish and Chips, Yorkshire

BRONZE
Askham Hall, Cumbria

Tourism Pub of the Year

GOLD
The Riverside at Aymestrey, Herefordshire

SILVER
The Cartford Inn, Lancashire

BRONZE
The Bruce Arms West Tanfield, Yorkshire

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Special Awards

Tourism Superstar:
Jamie O’Reilly, Red Funnel Ferries, Isle of Wight
The Tourism Superstar competition, run with the Daily Mirror, was this year won by Jim Reilly, a customer service adviser with Red Funnel Ferries.

Travel Article of the Year
Richard Mellor
, The Guardian, for Party in the Sea – Between the Isles of Scilly
Richard Mellor is the winner of the Travel Article of the Year 2018 award for his piece in The Guardian titled Party in the Sea – Between the Isles of Scilly. This citation recognises the important contribution of the media in shaping domestic tourism.

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism
Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in recognition of the powerful draw the royal palaces have on domestic and international visitors.

2019 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence Event Sponsors

Each year our sponsors help make the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence a shining success.

If you would like to be associated with the most prestigious awards in English tourism please contact: stuart.heath@visitbritain.org or telephone 020 7578 1440 to discuss the opportunity.

Barclays

 Barclays is a transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 83,500 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.barclays.com

Hotels & More

Hotels & More is a leading inbound tour operator for the UK and Ireland, providing a wide range of services for groups, small groups and individual travellers. As a member of Tour Partner Group, a collection of specialised destination management companies and travel experts, they can create bespoke and authentic multi-destination itineraries covering the UK, Ireland, Nordics and Baltics from a single point of contact.

Hotels & More is thrilled to be an event sponsor of this year’s VistEngland Awards for Excellence which recognises the best in the business and plays a key role in showcasing the range of high quality tourism services and experiences on offer.