Heritage Awards nominees announced

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The shortlist for the 2016 Hudson’s Heritage Awards has been announced, recognising the best visitor experiences at heritage attractions in the UK.

The nominees include historic houses, heritage gardens, museums, galleries in historic buildings, archaeological or industrial sites and other places associated with the past.

Established in 2011 the Hudson’s Heritage Awards are an independent scheme, judged by an expert panel chaired by Norman Hudson, OBE. The winners and highly commended will be presented at Goldsmith’s Hall in London on 1 March 2016.

Of the finalists Sarah Greenwood, publisher of leading heritage guide Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens said “We are thrilled to announce our shortlist and look forward to revealing our winners next March. The Hudson’s Heritage Awards recognise all aspects of historic properties and gardens which make a visit memorable and enjoyable. Our finalists this year have all excelled in their field, providing a high quality experience for visitors.”

The nominees are:

Best Family Day Out

         Chester Cathedral, Chester

         Newby Hall, North Yorkshire

         Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford Upon Avon

         The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland


Best Eating Out

         Glansevern Gardens, Mid Wales

         Northern Ireland Assembly, Belfast

         Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye

         Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire.


The Best Shopping

         Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, Cumbria

         Dartington Hall, Devon

         The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire

         Cotehele, Cornwall


Best Accommodation

         Leeds Castle, Leeds

         Bruisyard Hall, Suffolk

         The Churches Conservation Trust

         Frampton Court, Gloucester


Best Loos

         The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

         Lowther Castle, Cumbria


Best New Discovery

         Bletchley Park Trust, Milton Keynes

         The Judge’s Lodging, York

         Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Bedford


Best Innovation

         Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire

         Attingham Park, Shropshire

         Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

         Croome Park, Worcester

         Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Bedford


Best Wedding Venue

         Wentworth Conservatory, Barnsley

         Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

         Chiddingstone Castle, Kent

         Combermere Abbey, Shropshire


Best Event/Exhibition

         Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester

         The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

         Houghton Hall, Norfolk

         Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

         Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Bedford


Best Hidden Gem

         Winterbourne House & Gardens, Birmingham

         Keats House, London

         Painshill Rococo Gardens, The Crystal Grotto, Surrey

         St Mary’s House & Garden. West Sussex


The Best Picnic Spot award is the only award which is by public nomination. The nominated lunchtime locations are:

         Lowther Castle, Cumbria

         Clearburn New Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland

         Durham Cathedral Woodlands, Durham

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