Visit York Tourism Awards 2022 finalists revealed

Finalists in the Visit York Tourism Awards, sponsored by LNER, have been revealed today. The prestigious awards ceremony returns on Thursday 3rd March 2022 with the best of York’s businesses going head to head to win one of 15 trophies. The event aims to shine a spotlight on excellence in York’s tourism sector and reward outstanding service, innovation, quality and resilience.   

These prestigious ‘Tourism Oscars of the North’ will be hosted by York Mix Radio Presenters Ben Fry and Laura Castle and will be held at the splendid York Racecourse. Eligible winners across a number of categories will be automatically put forward to the national Visit England Awards for Excellence 2022 to compete for the crown of the country’s best.  

New categories for 2022 include ‘Resilience & Innovation Award’ to honour organisations who have built on their strengths, innovated their business and showed incredible resilience during a difficult time for the industry. Another new ‘Unsung Hero’ award recognises an individual working for a tourism business who excels in their role and deserves to be applauded for their work and commitment to the industry. 

Ashley Young, Senior Marketing and Communications Manager at Make It York, said: “We are so proud of the vibrant and flourishing tourism sector in York, which welcomes millions of visitors to the city each year as well as creates an atmosphere full of culture and diversity for the residents. There are so many organisations around the city working incredibly hard year round to deliver the highest quality visitor experiences, which has been especially challenging during the past two years. The awards will reward those who are truly exceptional in their field. Good luck to all finalists – we all look forward to celebrating the successes at the ceremony in March.” 

David Horne, Managing Director at LNER, said: “From historic sites to wonderful places to eat and stay, York has so much to offer and is one of our most popular destinations on the LNER route. It is therefore great to see so many of the city’s businesses and individuals who work incredibly hard to create outstanding visitor experiences, recognised at the Visit York Tourism Awards.” 

Councillor Darryl Smalley: Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “We all know what an incredibly challenging 18 months these businesses will all have faced, and that’s why it’s more important than ever to celebrate the incredible range of businesses that York is lucky enough to be home to. These businesses are an essential part of our great city and I am delighted to see such a diverse group of finalists this year. I wish them all the best of luck and whilst it’s been said many times before, it really is a significant achievement to be shortlisted and you are all winners already.” 

Visit York Tourism Awards Finalists 2022:  

B&B and Guest House of the Year ** 

MonkBridge House 

Tower Guest House 

Westergate House 

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year ** 
Springwood Shepherd Huts Glamping York 

Wigwam Holidays Ball Hall Farm 

Wolds Walk Glamping 

Experience of the Year ** 
Castle Howard 

The Bloody Tour of York 

The Cookery School at The Grand, York 

The Deathly Dark Tours 

Event of the Year* ** 
That JORVIK Viking Thing 

The Great Ryedale Maze 

York Balloon Fiesta  

York Maze 

Large Hotel of the Year – Sponsored by Streamline Taxis 

Hotel Indigo York 

Middletons Hotel 

The Grand, York 

The Principal York 

Sandburn Hall Hotel 

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – Sponsored by YO1 Radio 
JORVIK Viking Centre 

The York Dungeon 

York Art Gallery 

York’s Chocolate Story 

New Tourism Business of the Year – Sponsored by City Cruises 
The Deathly Dark Tours 

Malmaison York 

Sandburn Hall Hotel 

York Riverside Apartments 

Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Hunter Gee Holroyd 
House of Trembling Madness Lendal 

House of Trembling Madness Stonegate 

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub 

Self Catering Accommodation of the Year ** 

Heritage Escapes (York) 

Roomzzz Aparthotels – York City 

Staycity Aparthotels 

The Enchantment Chamber 

The Riverside York 

Resilience and Innovation Award – Sponsored by Fabler & Co 

The Deathly Dark Tours 

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub 

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway 

The Web Adventure Park 

Trembling Madness Ltd 

York Gin 

Shop Experience of the Year* – Sponsored by Fidomoney  
The Antiques Centre York 

York’s Chocolate Story 

York Gin 

Small Hotel of the Year – Sponsored by Hospitality Staffing 
Galtres Lodge 

Grays Court Hotel & The Bow Room Restaurant 

The Judge’s Lodging 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year ** 

Fairfax House 

Mother Shipton’s  

York Army Museum 

Taste of England Award** 
Forest at Galtres Lodge 

Mr Chippy York 

Plush Café 

The Bow Room Restaurant at Grays Court Hotel 

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub 

Unsung Hero Award - Sponsored by LNER 

Dean Court Hotel 

Middletons Hotel 

Galtres Lodge 

*Visit York only. These categories are not eligible to go forward to the Visit England Awards for Excellence. 

**Sponsorship opportunities available. 

Tickets for the glittering awards ceremony event on Thursday 3rd March 2022 are available from today. Book your tickets here. 


For further information please contact:  

Sarah Foster, Communications Manager at Make It York 


Notes to Editors: 

Make It York  

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.  The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, Shambles Market and festivals and events. 

Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand  

Under the brand Visit York, Make It York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York. 

Key tourism facts (pre-covid): 

8.4 million visitors annually, £765 million total visitor spend, supporting 24,000 jobs 

Winners of the Visit York Tourism Awards 2020: 

B&B and Guest House of the Year – sponsored by  
Winner: Woodlands Farm Thimbleby 
Finalists: No.21 York 

Business Events Venue of the Year – sponsored by Spark 
Winner: The Grand, York  
Finalists: Novotel, York BarbicanYork Racecourse 

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year – sponsored by Minster FM 
Winner: Vale of Pickering Caravan Park 
Finalists: Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges, York Holiday & Cycle Stop  

Experience of the Year – sponsored by LNER 
Winner: The Bloody Tour of York 
Highly Commended: The Cookery School at The Grand, York 
Finalists: Castle Howard, Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience 

Event of the Year* – sponsored by LNER 
Winner: York Maze Hallowscream 
Highly Commended: York Minster – The Northern Lights 
Finalists:  JORVIK Viking Festival 

International Tourism Award – sponsored by City Cruises York 
Winner: The Grand, York  
Finalists: OE Media 

Large Hotel of the Year – sponsored by Streamline Taxis 
Winner: The Grand, York 
Finalists: Grantley Hall, Hotel Indigo York, The Principal Hotel 
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – sponsored by Fowlers of York 
Winner: Castle Howard  
Finalists: JORVIK Viking Centre, National Railway Museum 

New Tourism Business of the Year – sponsored by Minster FM  
Winner: Grantley Hall 
Finalists: Northwood Trail, England’s Fairy Sanctuary, OE Media, Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours 

Pub of the Year – sponsored by Hunter Gee Holroyd 
Winner: The Drovers Arm Restaurant & Country Pub 
Finalists: House of Trembling Madness (Lendal), The Ackhorne, The Botanist York 

Self Catering Accommodation of the Year – sponsored by HomeAway 
Winner: Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges 
Finalists: Serenity Inn the City, The Enchantment Chamber 

Shop of the Year* – sponsored by York BID 
Winner: York Gin 
Highly Commended: Bluebird Bakery 
Finalists: The Balloon Tree Farmshop & Café, The Shop That Must Not Be Named 

Small Hotel of the Year – sponsored by Yorkshire Laundry Services 
Winner: Grays Court Hotel 
Finalists: Dean Court Hotel, The Parisi Hotel 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year – sponsored by York Pass 
Winner: Energi Trampoline Park  
Finalists: Barley Hall, Locked in Games York, Mother Shipton’s Cave, York Army Museum 

Taste of York Award – sponsored by Morrell Middleton 
Winner: Roots, York 
Highly Commended: The Whippet Inn 
Finalists: Plush Café, The Star Inn The City, The York Roast Co 

Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Award – sponsored by Yorkshire Gas & Power  
Winner: JORVIK Group of Attractions 

Tourism Champion of the Year* 
Winner: Ben Fry 

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