Finalists Announced for Visit York Tourism Awards 2024

Finalists in the Visit York Tourism Awards, sponsored by LNER, have been revealed today. Celebrating the best in tourism, hospitality and culture, finalists will go head-to-head to win one of 16 trophies in a glitzy ceremony on Thursday 14th March 2024 at York Racecourse.  

Eligible winners across a number of categories will be automatically put forward to the national Visit England Awards for Excellence 2024 to compete for the crown of the country’s best. York has a strong record of national glory, with Middletons Hotel’s General Manager, Adam Wardale, taking the national Unsung Hero Award in the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2022, and The Dovecote Barns a silver runner-up in the Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year in the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2023. 

New categories for 2024 include The Best of York Award, and Independent Business of the Year. 

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director of Make It York, said: “We’ve had some really strong applications this year, across the board. A huge congratulations to our finalists who have been announced today, and who have demonstrated excellence in their sectors. The Visit York Tourism Awards celebrate the countless organisations who work tirelessly year-round to deliver the best experiences for visitors and residents, we look forward to celebrating their successes and achievements at the ceremony in March.” 

David Horne, Managing Director at LNER, said: “We are proud to support the Visit York Tourism Awards, helping to celebrate the individuals and businesses that continue to work hard to make York such a great place to visit. From historic sites to wonderful places to eat and stay, the city has so much to offer and is one of the most popular destinations on the LNER route.  Congratulations to all those who have been selected as a finalist.”  

Tickets for the glittering awards ceremony event on Thursday 14th March 2024 are available from today. Book your tickets here. (Tickets cost £75 plus VAT for Visit York members, or £70 plus VAT when booking a table of 10. Tickets cost £95 plus VAT for non-members). 

More information about the Visit York Tourism Awards can be found at 

Visit York Tourism Awards Finalists 2024:  

B&B and Guest House of the Year 

  • MonkBridge House 
  • The Bar Convent Guest House 
  • The Fat Badger, York  

Business Event Venue of the Year (sponsored by Business Enterprise Fund) 

  • The Guildhall, York  
  • City Cruises 

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year 

  • Flaxton Meadows 
  • Wigwam Holidays Ball Hall Farm 
  • High Oaks Grange 

Experience of the Year (sponsored by LNER) 

  • Sharmini’s Inspirational Indian Cuisine 
  • The Bloody Tour of York  
  • The Deathly Dark Tours 
  • The Wizard Walk of York 

Large Hotel of the Year (sponsored by Streamline Taxis) 

  • Middletons Hotel 
  • Moxy York  
  • The Grand 

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year (sponsored by Ward Hadaway) 

  • The York Dungeon 
  • National Railway Museum 
  • The Web Adventure Park  
  • Yorkshire Air Museum  

New Tourism Business Award (sponsored by PPS Essentials) 

  • Hart Lake Escapes 
  • The Wizard Walk of York 
  • Hocus Pocus Tiny Hotel 

Pub of the Year (sponsored by Hunter Gee Holroyd) 

  • The Lime Tree Inn  
  • The Fat Badger, York  
  • Social 8 Lounge 
  • The Drovers Arms Restaurant and Country Pub 

Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year 

  • 101 House At The End 
  • Roomzzz Aparthotel York  

Small Hotel of the Year (sponsored by 

  • The Pheasant Hotel 
  • Clementines Town House 
  • Hocus Pocus Tiny Hotel 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 

  • The Bar Convent Heritage Centre 
  • World of James Herriot 
  • The Hole in Wand 
  • York Army Museum 

Taste of England Award (sponsored by Fowlers of York) 

  • Legacy at The Grand 
  • Fish & Forest 
  • Ate O’Clock 

The Best of York Award* (sponsored by York St John University) 

  • The Wizard Walk of York 
  • Millers Fish & Chips 
  • The Bloody Tour of York 

Independent Business of the Year* (sponsored by Clarion Housing Group) 

  • Avorium 
  • The Deathly Dark Tours 
  • The Wizard Walk of York  
  • Breezy Knees Gardens 

Event, Festival or Cultural Experience of the Year* (sponsored by North York Moors) 

  • Christmas at Castle Howard 
  • Hallow Scream at York Maze 
  • York Pride 
  • York Mansion House 

Retailer of the Year* (sponsored by York BID) 

  • York Gin 
  • Love Cheese 
  • The Potions Cauldron 

* These categories are local awards and not eligible for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 


For more information: 

Brittany Guymer 

Communications Executive at Make It York 

Notes to Editors: 

About 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. 

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