1st June 2015

Two Shropshire Winners in the 2015 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

Two Shropshire Winners in the 2015 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

Congratulations to Shropshire Tourism members, The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and The Old Rectory of St James Guest House, who have both won awards in the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has won the top Gold Award in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category (for venues that welcome more than 50,000 visitors per annum) and The Old Rectory of St James Guest House has won the Bronze Award in the Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year category.

VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015 celebrate the best of English tourism. They promote healthy industry competition and high standards, helping to ensure England's place as a world-class destination. This year, they attracted 345 applications. The awards were announced at a ceremony held on 11th May at Sage Centre in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

Delighted with their award, Anna Brennand, Chief Executive Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust commented: “It was a great achievement to once again reach the finals of these prestigious awards, as this positions us amongst the best tourist attractions in the country. Trustees, volunteers and staff are all delighted that we have received the Gold award, which is a wonderful testament to all their hard work over the years”.

Speaking on behalf of The Old Rectory of St James Guest House, owners Rosemary and Adrian Brown said: “We are delighted and very proud to have received the Bronze Award. We feel our hard work over the last 4 years has paid off, but it would not have been possible without our guests taking time to write such wonderful reviews, our local suppliers providing the best of Shropshire and all the local businesses who contribute to the tourism industry in one way or another. This puts us in the top three Guest Houses in England and helps to put Shropshire firmly on the map.”

For more information about Shropshire’s two winners visit www.ironbridge.org.uk and www.theoldrectoryofstjames.co.uk

For information about the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence visit www.visitenglandawards.org

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