Gardens score highly in VisitEngland assessment of visitor attractions

Nearly a third of the Gold accolades awarded by Visit England this year have gone to gardens or sites where gardens are a visitor feature.

Gold attraction: Blenheim Palace. Image: Blenheim Palace
Gold attraction: Blenheim Palace. Image: Blenheim Palace

Overall 10 garden sites out of a total of 31 were given the accolades, as part of VisitEngland’s Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme.

The accolades recognise those attractions going the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable visitor experience. 

The garden attractions with Gold accolades this year are:

  • Beaulieu
  • Bishops Palace & Gardens
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Compton Verney
  • Highgrove Gardens
  • Holkham Hall
  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr
  • Trentham Gardens
  • Waddesdon Manor
  • Westonbirt Arboretum

Awards are allocated to Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme members through a scoring system based on an annual assessment by VisitEngland. They include the Welcome accolade, Hidden Gem, Best Told Story, Quality Food & Drink and the Gold accolade for top-scoring attractions.

This year there were 72 accolades awarded overall, out of 1,000 sites assessed by VisitEngland.

Blenheim Palace was highly commended in last year's Horticulture Week Custodian Awards, in the Best Gardens or Arboretum category. 

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