The Lost Gardens of Heligan struck gold last night at the prestigious 2016 British Travel Awards, winning the award for the Best UK Leisure Attraction. The announcement was made at the glamorous Gala Awards ceremony, held in East London and attended by close to a thousand travel industry professionals.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a 200 acre historic estate; situated on the stunning South coast of Cornwall and next year celebrate 25 years since first opening their gates to the public. They hold the accolade for housing the Finest Productive Gardens in Britain and are still to date, Europe’s Largest Garden Restoration.
“May I take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank each and every member of the public that voted us, the Best Leisure Attraction in the UK. We are honoured to be presented with this prestigious award and to be recognised for all our hard work by our loyal visitors. It is an incredible achievement not only for us but for Cornish tourism as a whole” George Elworthy – Managing Director at The Lost Gardens of Heligan
British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “The Lost Gardens of Heligan are to be congratulated on winning Best UK Leisure Attraction. Competition was fierce this year with more companies entering the competition than ever before – but ultimately it is the travelling public who decide the winners by voting for the travel companies they consider the best in the business. The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK and to win is truly an accolade and testament to the great products and services travel companies offer to their customers.”
Recently the Lost Garden’s made the surprising move of purchasing the Historic ‘Shipwreck & Heritage museum’ at Charlestowm, location for much of the recent Poldark series as well as a recent episode of Dr Who. Tim Smit, who discovered Heligan back in 1990, commented at the time “I have been an archaeologist and, a wreck diver ever since I was 18 years old and have dived all over the world. The Charlestown Heritage collection is like a walk through my romantic imagination, I love it. The Museum was my first destination when I came to Cornwall. We had to ensure its future and, to be honest, indulge a boy hood passion in a way that we could share with everybody.”
The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK created to reward the best companies in travel. The British Travel Awards are easily the most recognisable of all travel industry accolades amongst consumer and industry professionals alike with categories spanning all types of holiday experience – transport, destination, cruise, customer service, holiday extras, and accommodation.