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In South East England we love to celebrate tourism excellence. On one hand it's very easy to do, as we have such an outstanding array of businesses that fit the bill! On the other hand, there are too many amazing businesses across the destination to acknowledge them all!

Each year the Beautiful South Awards celebrates the cream of the South East’s tourism industry, celebrating the top places to stay, visit and enjoy across the region, awarding Gold, Silver, Bronze and Commended in recognition for the work undertaken over the past year.  These awards celebrate the tourism businesses that go that extra mile, creating visitor experiences that customers enjoy time and time again.  They celebrate great places to stay with an extra special warm South East welcome and places to eat that champion local producers and seasonal produce. They also honour some of the top events happening within the destination that you just shouldn't miss and those businesses within the industry that are bringing about change in sustainability, inclusivity, staff training and development.

Take a look and discover this years award-winning hotels, top places to visit and events that will be pulling in the visitors for 2024.  See what an award-winning destination South East England is. Why not include some of them in your holiday and days out plans, using the list below or at the bottom of the page, you'll find a host of accommodation choices, attractions to visit, places to eat and even to get married in!

The Visit England national awards takes place in June annually with most gold winners below going forward to these awards. Take a look and discover how the regional award-winners faired at the national awards.  A massive congratulation to them, choosen from hundreds of tourism businesses across England. 

Best Places to Visit

  • Oxford Castle & Prison, Oxford - Bronze winner of Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, Arundel - Silver winner of Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award
  • Wellington Country Park, Riseley - Bronze winner of  Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • Winchester Visitor Information Centre, Winchester - Gold winner of Visitor Information Service of the Year
  • White Cliffs Country Visitor Information Centre, Dover - Silver winner of Visitor Information Service of the Year
  • Winchester Science Centre, Winchester - Bronze winner of Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • See Southampton Tour Guides, Southampton - Bronze winner of Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award
  • Kent Event Centre, Maidstone - Bronze winner of Business Events Venue of the Year
  • Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth - Bronze winner of Business Events Venue of the Year
  • Kent Wildlife Trust, Maidstone - Silver winner of the Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award
  • Ridgeview WIne Estate, Ditchling Common - Bronze winner of the Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award
  • Emily Anderson, Powell-Cotton Museum, Birchington - Bronze winner of the Unsunf Hero Award
  • Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes - Gold winner of Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • Leeds Castle, Maidstone - Silver winner of Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • Wakehurst, Haywards Heath - Silver winner of Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • Bodleian Libraries, Oxford - Commended winner of Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • Electra, Milton Keynes - Silver winner of New Tourism Business Award
  • Battle of Briatain Memorial, Folkestone - Gold winner of Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • The Brickworks Museum, Southamopton - Commended winner of  Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • Chapel House Estate. Ramsgate - Gold winner of Wedding Venue of the Year

Oakley Hall Hotel, Gold winner of Hotel of the Year

Best Places to Stay

  • Stubcroft Farm Campsite, Chichester - Gold winner of Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award, Gold winner of Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award and Gold winner of Camping and Caravanning Park of the Year
  • Mill Rythe Coastal Village, Hayling Island - Bronze winner of Holiday Park of the Year
  • Kits Coty Glamping, Aylesford - Gold winner of Glamping Business of the Year
  • Rebel Farmer Tipi, Ashford - Bronze winner of Glamping Business of the Year
  • Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts, Ashford - Silver winner of Glamping Business of the Year
  • Shorefield Holidays, Lymington - Silver winner of Dog Friendly Business of the Year
  • Oakley Hall Hotel, Basingstoke - Silver winner of Large Hotel of the Year and Silver winner of Wedding Venue of the Year
  • The Bosham Boathouse B&B, Bosham - Gold winner of B&B and Guesthouse of the Year
  • The Gallivant, Camber - Gold winner of Small Hotel of the Year, Silver winner of Business Events Venue of the Year, Silver Winner of Restaurant of the Year
  • Hurley House Hotel, Hurley - Gold winner of Business Events of the Year
  • Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, Bembridge - Bronze winner of Holiday Park of the Year
  • Hoburne Naish, New Milton - Commended winner of Holiday Park of the Year
  • Seal Bay Resort, Selsey - Commended winner of Holiday Park of the Year
  • Sandy Balls Holiday Village,  Fordingbridge - Gold winner of Holiday Park of the Year
  • Crowhurst Park, Battle - Silver winner of Holiday Park of the Year and Brett Hawkes - Gold winner of the Unsung Hero Award
  • Solent Hotel & Spa, Fareham - Commended winner of Wedding Venue of the Year
  • Art Deco House UK, Shanklin - Silver winner of Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
  • The Loch & the Tyne, Windsor - Commended winner of B&B Guesthouse of the Year and Bronze winner of the Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award
  • Lytton Lawn Touring Park, Lymington - Silver winner of Camping and Caravanning of the Year
  • Badgells Wood, Birling Estate, Meopham - Bronze winner of Camping and Caravanning of the Year
  • Frasers, Ashford - Silver winner of the Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award, Bronze winner of Small Hotel of the Year and Bronze winner of  Wedding Venue of the Year
  • Rogue's Cottage, Keepers Cottage, Kent - Bronze winner of Dog Friendly Business of the Year
  • New Place Hotel, Southampton - Gold winner of the Future of Hospitality Award
  • Kevin Cockram, Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Goudhurst - Silver winner of the Unsung Hero Award
  • Cave Hotel and Golf Resort, Faversham - Gold winner of Large Hotel of the Year
  • Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa, Brockenhurst - Silver winner of Large Hotel of the Year
  • The Castle Hotel, Windsor - Commended winner of Large Hotel of the Year
  • Boys Hall, Ashford - Gold winner of New Tourism Business Award
  • Heath Farm Holiday Cottages, Oxford - Gold winner of Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
  • Coldharbour Log Cabin, Tenterden - Bronze winner of Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
  • Stable Oak Cottages, Maidstone - Bronze winner of Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
  • Sussex Luxury Accommodation, Wellness Retreats & Fine Dining, Horsham - Commended winner of Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
  • The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu - Silver winner of Small Hotel of the Year
  • Beachcroft Hotel, Bognor Regis - Commended winner of Small Hotel of the Year
  • The Star, Polegate - Commended winner of Small Hotel of the Year
  • Tottington Manor Hotel, Henfield - Commended winner of Small Hotel of the Year and Bronze winner of Wedding Venue of the Year

The Vineyard, Newbury, Gold award winning Restaurant of the Year

Best Places to Eat and Drink

  • The Vineyard, Newbury - Bronze winner of Restaurant of the Year
  • The Glasshouse Restaurant at Oakley Hall Hotel, Basingstoke - Gold winner of Restaurant of the Year 
  • MadHatter Tea Room & Gift Shop, Hayling Island - Gold winner of Café/Tearoom of the Year
  • The Gallivant, Camber, Silver winner of Restaurant of the Year
  • Fresco DeliKafessen, Guildford - Bronze winner of Café/Tearoom of the Year
  • The Royal Hotel, Ventnor - Silver winner of Restaurant of the Year
  • Wiston Estate, Washington - Commended winner of Restaurant of the Year
  • The Apple Orchard, West Wycombe - Silver winner of Café/Tearoom of the Year
  • The Castle, Farnham - Gold winner of the Casual Dining Award
  • The Gomshall Mill, Gomshall - Gold winner of Pub of the Year
  • The Loch & the Tyne, Windsor - Silver winner of Pub of the Year
  • The Cricketers Inn, Southampton - Bronze winner of Pub of the Year

SenSpa, New Forest, Gold Award Winning Spa

Best Events and Experiences

  • SenSpa, Brockenhurst - Gold winner of Spa & Wellbeing Experience of the Year
  • Tour & Tasting at Wiston Estate, Washington - Gold winner of Experience of the Year (Active or Learning)
  • Distillery Tour and Tutored Tasting – Maidstone Distillery, Maidstone - Silver winner of Experience of the Year (Active or Learning) and Silver winner of Small Visitor of the Year
  • Distillery Tour – Copper Rivet Distillery, Chatham - Bronze winner of Experience of the Year (Active or Learning)
  • Isle of Wight Walking Festival, Newport, - Gold winner of Tourism Event/Festival of the Year
  • A Tree-mendous Christmas at Petworth, Petworth - Silver winner of Tourism Event/Festival of the Year
  • The Santa Specials, Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden - Bronze winner of Tourism Event/Festival of the Year
  • Illuminated – Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens - Commended winner of Tourism Event/Festival of the Year

Congratulations to all the 2024 award-winners, a massive thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to make the South East an award-winning destination to work in, visit and holiday in.  

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  1. Bodleian Libraries

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    Historic Site

    Oxford

    See one of the oldest libraries at the heart of Oxford's historic University. Discover the Divinity School, a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture, or choose one of the guided tours, including a visit to Duke Humfrey's library.

  2. Mill Rythe Holiday Village

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    Holiday Village

    Hayling Island

    This well-known, quality resort offers catered Adult Only and Family breaks with a superb range of facilities and services in an attractive and secluded location.

  3. Seal Bay Resort & Warner Farm

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    Static Units

    CHICHESTER

    Seal Bay Resort, formerly Bunn Leisure, is a multi-award-winning holiday park on the South Coast. Ideal for family beach holidays, self-catering breaks and much more! Split into 4 areas of Warner Farm (Touring & Camping) Green Lawns, White Sands and…

  4. Eton Information Centre

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    Tourist Information Centres

    Eton's Information Centre can provide you with up to date and relevant information for your stay in Eton and around the surrounding area. Pick up your free Eton walkway brochure and browse our shop for souvenirs.

  5. Wakehurst

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    Garden

    HAYWARDS HEATH

    Wakehurst Place and the interactive Millennium Seed Bank exhibition are the perfect answer for visitors of all ages, whatever time of the year. Open all year.

  6. Sandy Balls Holiday Village

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    Holiday Village

    Fordingbridge

    Five-star, award-winning facilities and the breathtaking forest on your doorstep - the ideal combination for a long weekend, midweek break or longer holiday.

  7. Leonardslee Gardens

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    Countryside, Parks & Gardens

    Horsham

    One of the finest gardens in Britain, Leonardslee will reopen to the public in March 2018. The Grade 2 listed Italianate style ropery will house dining facilities and become a local attraction for wedding groups and events.

  8. Arundel Wetland Centre

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    Nature Reserve

    ARUNDEL

    WWT Arundel Wetland Centre is a 65-acre reserve in an idyllic setting, nestled at the base of the South Downs National Park.

  9. Kits Coty Glamping

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    Glamping

    Aylesford

    Ideally located close to both Maidstone and the Medway Towns our Shepherds Hut,Festival Tent and themed Bell Tents are perfect for short breaks,romantic getaways, or longer self-catering holidays in the Kent countryside.

  10. Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

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    Science Centre

    Morn Hill, Winchester

    Winchester Science Centre is more than a day out. It’s a chance to spark your children’s curiosity in science which could lead them on an exciting journey for life! Situated in the stunning South Downs National Park, this exciting family destination…

  11. Ascot Racecourse

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    Sports Ground

    Ascot

    Ascot Racecourse is synonymous with quality, excellence and a truly memorable day out. The highlight is Royal Ascot in June with five days of tradition, pageantry and style. Outside of Royal Ascot spectacular racing takes place throughout the year.

  12. The Clifton

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    Hotel

    SHANKLIN

    The Clifton’s privileged location on the clifftop offers an amazing sea view and makes it an ideal retreat for those in search for tranquillity. Stunning sea views can be enjoyed from the lounge and the lovely garden offering the perfect visual…

  13. Walnut Barn, Walnut Cottage & Walnut Studio

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    Self-Catering

    Horsham

    Walnut Studio, Walnut Cottage & Walnut Barn – luxury, fully furnished and serviced properties on the outskirts of Horsham available to rent individually or together for 2-16+ guests. In-house fine dining service available by arrangement. Wellness…

  14. Oakley Hall Hotel

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    Civil Licensed Venues

    Basingstoke

    Oakley Hall offers 47 elegant bedrooms in both the main house and the converted 19th century stable block. Bedrooms have been individually designed and furnished to a very high standard complete with every modern convenience.

  15. Wiston Estate Winery

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    Vineyard

    PULBOROUGH

    Awarded Winery of the Year 2018, the beautiful family-run Wiston Estate offers Wine Tours by appointment from their vineyard nestled in the heart of the rolling South Downs in West Sussex. Each tour concludes with a guided tasting of their English…

  16. Bletchley Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Milton Keynes

    Once Britain’s Best Kept Secret, today Bletchley Park is a heritage site and vibrant tourist attraction. Open daily, visitors can explore some of the iconic WW2 Codebreaking Huts and Blocks and marvel at the astonishing achievements of the…

  17. Leeds Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Maidstone

    Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, Leeds Castle is the perfect backdrop to your day out. The historic castle, glorious gardens, attractions and programme of events awaits visitors.

  18. The Vineyard

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    Hotel

    Newbury

    The Vineyard is a 5 red star 49 bedroomed hotel, with a 3 rosette restaurant and Tasting Room. Located in Stockcross, Berkshire, the hotel boasts a 30,000 bottle wine cellar, one of the largest private artwork collections in the UK and a private…

  19. Petworth House & Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Petworth

    Explore this majestic mansion and beautiful landscaped deer park.

  20. White Cliffs Country Visitor Information Centre

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    Tourist Information Centres

    Market Square, Dover

    Dover, the gateway to England, welcomes millions of visitors every year. Pop into Dover Visitor Information Centre and find out more about exploring White Cliffs Country.