Blenheim Palace has been named Large Visitor Attraction of the Year by Tourism South East at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence.
The Oxfordshire stately home, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site this year, was awarded the title at the ceremony which took place at the Grand Hotel in Brighton on Wednesday (November 29th).
The Awards are run by Tourism South East to recognise and celebrate excellence in the industry.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have been given this award by an association which represents so many of the UK’s leading tourism businesses,” said Blenheim Palace’s Head of Marketing Stephanie Duncan.
“The entire team here at Blenheim Palace are constantly looking at new and exciting ways to improve the overall visitor experience and this will act as an inspiration to work even harder next year,” she added.
Tourism South East is a partnership organisation providing services and expertise to support the performance and growth of tourism businesses and destinations.
Nigel Smith, Chief Executive of Tourism South East, said: “Last night reminded me again of the sheer quality of tourism businesses in the South East.
“Never mind the UK, some easily stand up to comparison with the very best tourism businesses in the world. All of the finalists can be very proud of what they have achieved through a commitment to reinvestment, training and a relentless drive to be the best. I hope their example will inspire others.
“I am looking forward to our winners taking on England’s best at the Visit England Awards,” he added.
Built in the early 18th century to celebrate Britain’s victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession, Blenheim Palace is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.