Award winner 2017
Waddesdon Manor is the winner of this year's VisitEngland’s Large Visitor Attraction Award, the first time we have won this type of national accolade.
The judges were particularly full of praise for our staff and volunteers who were so friendly and welcoming on the day of the mystery assessment visit. They were impressed with all the improvements to the site, and the quality of everything they experienced.
We are very proud to have won, especially given the quality of the other finalists, the Mary Rose Museum and the Roman Baths & Pump Room.
Simon Wales, Waddesdon’s General Manager says: “We are delighted and honoured to receive this award from VisitEngland. This recognition 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.”
VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “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.”