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Win for Waddesdon at VisitEngland Awards

Waddesdon Manor has just been announced as ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’ at the National VisitEngland Awards, hosted by Sue Perkins at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Waddesdon was presented with the award by Denis Wormwell, Chairman of the VisitEngland Advisory Board and pipped both the Mary Rose Museum and the Roman Baths & Pump Room to the post to receive the honour. This is the first time that Waddesdon has won this type of national accolade and all staff and volunteers are delighted, especially given the calibre of the finalists in this category.

As well as being impressed by recent improvements at Waddesdon, judges were particularly full of praise for the friendliness of staff and quality of visitor service received during the day of the mystery assessment visit.

Kim Hallett, Head of Business Development & Tourism at Waddesdon:
“We are delighted to have won such a prestigious award from Visit England and to be recognised in this way as one of best tourism organisations in England. It means so much to all the staff and volunteers whose commitment makes Waddesdon what it is today. We welcomed over 420,000 visitors last year, and we have worked hard to ensure that everyone, whether on a day trip, family outing or group visit, experiences and enjoys the gardens, the extraordinary house and its collections, the aviary, wine cellars, special events, walks and talks, as well as our restaurants and shops throughout the year.”

Sally Balcombe, VisitEngland Chief Executive:
“This year’s awards were fiercely contested and we had some terrific applications, showcasing not only the excellence on offer within English tourism but also the outstanding innovation and the sheer diversity of experiences throughout the country. “From afternoon tea in a railway carriage to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ boutique hotel rooms, from great family friendly animal attractions to cottages for one, all well deserved the recognition of their quality and service.”