Shortlist for the 2017 Hudson’s Heritage Awards Announced

09.12.2016 | category: General

The Hudson’s Heritage Awards celebrate the high quality experiences enjoyed by visitors to a wide range of heritage attractions. 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 14 March 2017. A number of sites connected to Capability Brown are on the shortlist and we have marked them with *.

Sarah Greenwood, publisher of leading heritage guide Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens, has congratulated this year’s shortlist. “At Hudson’s we want to recognise the best experience visitors can have at heritage attractions in the UK and we are delighted to have such a high calibre of finalists for this year’s Hudson’s Heritage Awards.  We are not just talking about beautiful places but about giving visitors exactly what they want, whether it’s a day out, a great cup of coffee or an unforgettable place to stay.” Hudson's Heritage very kindly developed the Capabilit-Teas recipes for the Capability Brown Festival.

The Hudson's Heritage Awards shortlist.

Best Family Day Out:  

  • Battle Abbey & Battlefield (English Heritage) , East Sussex.  
  • Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire.  
  • Holkham Hall, Norfolk.* 
  • The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Warwickshire. 

Best Eating Out: 

  • Northern Ireland Assembly, Belfast. 
  • Tintagel Castle (English Heritage), Cornwall. 
  • Durham Cathedral, County Durham. 
  • Sherborne Castle, Dorset.*

The Best Shopping:

  • Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, Cumbria 
  • Durham Cathedral, County Durham. 
  • Sherborne Castle, Dorset. 
  • Holkham Hall, Norfolk.* 

Best Accommodation:

  • Weston Park, Shropshire.* 
  • Combermere Abbey, Shropshire. 
  • Dylan Thomas Birthplace, Swansea.  
  • Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland.  

Best Loos:

  • Eastnor Castle, London.  
  • Hedingham Castle, Essex.           

The Hunters Award for Best New Discovery (Sponsored by Hunters Solicitors):

  • Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.* 
  • Dylan Thomas Birthplace, Swansea.  
  • Eltham Palace (English Heritage) , London. 
  • Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library, London.*

The Savills Award for Best Innovation (Sponsored by Savills):

  • Castle Ward (National Trust), County Down. 
  • Durham Cathedral, County Durham. 
  • Tintagel Castle (English Heritage), Cornwall. 

Best Wedding Venue:

  • Hedingham Castle, Essex.  
  • Waddesdon Manor (National Trust), Buckinghamshire  
  • Wasing Park, Berkshire.  
  • Weston Park, Shropshire.* 

Best Event/Exhibition:

  • Battle Abbey & Battlefield (English Heritage), East Sussex.  
  • Berrington Hall (National Trust), Herefordshire.*   
  • Bronte Parsonage Museum, West Yorkshire.   
  • Stonehenge (English Heritage), Wiltshire.  

The Smith & Williamson award for Best Hidden Gem (Sponsored by Smith & Williamson):

  • Adlington Hall, Cheshire.  
  • Down House (English Heritage), Kent. 
  • Easton Walled Gardens, Lincolnshire.  
  • Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, Warwickshire.  
  • Plumpton Rocks, North Yorkshire.