Finalists revealed in York’s ‘tourism Oscars’

The 2019 Tourism Awards winners. Photograph: Visit York
5 Feb 2020 @ 7.37 am
| Business

Finalists in the Visit York Tourism Awards have been announced – ranging from glampers to bakers to zombies.

New categories for 2020 include the ‘International Tourism Award’ which celebrates businesses who create exceptional experiences for international visitors.

The ‘Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award’ highlights businesses that provide the best experiences for visitors with accessibility requirements and ‘Event of the Year’ rewards “truly memorable and immersive activities”.


Sponsored by LNER, the awards take place on St George’s Day – Thursday, 23 April.

Head of marketing and communications at Make It York Paul Whiting said:

  • There are so many organisations around the city working incredibly hard year round to deliver the highest quality visitor experiences – and these awards will reward those who are truly exceptional in their field.

Eligible winners across a number of categories will be automatically put forward to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020 to compete for the crown of the country’s best.

The finalists

B&B and Guest House of the Year
No.21 York
Woodlands Farm Thimbleby

Business Events Venue of the Year
Novotel
The Grand, York
York Barbican
York Racecourse

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year
Vale of Pickering Caravan Park
Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges
York Holiday & Cycle Stop

Experience of the Year
Castle Howard
The Bloody Tour of York
The Cookery School at The Grand, York
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Event of the Year
Jorvik Viking Festival
York Maze Hallowscream
York Minster Northern Lights

International Tourism Award
OE Media
The Grand, York

Large Hotel of the Year
Grantley Hall
Hotel Indigo York
The Grand, York
The Principal Hotel

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Castle Howard
Jorvik Viking Centre
National Railway Museum


New Tourism Business of the Year
Grantley Hall
Northwood Trail, England’s Fairy Sanctuary
OE Media
Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours

Pub of the Year
House of Trembling Madness (Lendal)
The Ackhorne
The Botanist York
The Drovers Arm Restaurant & Country Pub

Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
Serenity Inn the City
The Enchantment Chamber
Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges

Shop of the Year
Bluebird Bakery
The Balloon Tree Farmshop & Café
The Shop That Must Not Be Named
York Gin

Small Hotel of the Year
Dean Court Hotel
Grays Court Hotel
The Parisi Hotel

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
Barley Hall
Energi Trampoline Park
Locked in Games York
Mother Shipton’s Cave
York Army Museum

Taste of York Award
Plush Café
Roots York
The Star Inn The City
The Whippet Inn
The York Roast Co

Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Award
To be revealed at the awards ceremony

Tourism Champion of the Year
To be revealed at the awards ceremony