Mevagissey harbour  Visiting Cornwall Logo - background is part of Bodmin Moor as seen from Jamaica Inn at Altarnun. The road in the picture is the main A30 through Cornwall. Eden Project near St Austell 

Tourism Awards for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

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Along with voting for favourites in reality television shows, the Great British public also love to vote for places they have visited on holiday. The British Travel Awards have been around since 2008 but Which? magazine, the Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Visit England, Nivea, the Daily Telegraph and TripAdvisor have also been asking the public for their opinions about their favourite holiday destinations, beaches and tourist attractions.

2016

Caerhays Estate, near St Austell, has been honoured by the Historic Houses Association with the 2016 Garden of the Year Award.

Trip Advisor Travellers Choice 2016
Travelodge Holiday Index top destination for a UK "Staycation" is Cornwall.
Top 25 Beaches in the UK: 5th place Porthmeor Beach at st Ives, 6th place Fistral Beach at Newquay, 7th place Porthminster Beach at St Ives, 8th place Perranporth Beach, 16th place Porthgwidden Beach at St Ives, 18th place Porth Beach at Newquay, 19th place Crantock Beach near Newquay.
Top 25 B&Bs in the UK: 8th place Trevose Harbour House at St Ives, 18th place The Lookout Guesthouse at St Austell
Top 25 B&Bs in Europe: 14th place Trevose Harbour House at St Ives
Top 25 B&Bs in the World: 16th place Trevose Harbour House at St Ives
Top 25 Hotels for Romance in the UK: 20th place Trelaske Hotel and Restaurant at Looe
Top 10 UK Islands: 3rd - St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

VisitEngland national tourism awards – Awards for Excellence 2016
Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year to Treworgey Cottages in Looe
Bed & Breakfast: Gold to Trevose Harbour House in St Ives
Sustainable Tourism: Gold to Railholiday in Saltash
Taste of England : Silver to The Dining Room in Rock
Self Catering Holiday Provider: Bronze to Whalesborough Cottages in Bude
Bed & Breakfast: Bronze to Pebble House in Mevagissey
Small Hotel of the Year: Bronze to the UK's most westerly hotel, Hell Bay Hotel on the island of Bryher in the Isles of Scilly
Highly Commended awards to Padstow Touring Park (Holiday Park), the Rising Sun in Truro (Tourism Pub) and Wheal Martyn (Small Visitor Attractions)

Hell Bay Hotel, on the island of Bryher in the Isles of Scilly, has also been named the Best Seaside Hotel in Great Britain and Ireland for 2017 by The Good Hotel Guide 2017 and awarded a prestigious Cesar award.

Although not a Tourisn Award, it is worth mentioning that Knightor Winery near St Austell has also won a Gold Medal for their Mena Hweg (which means Sweet Hill in Cornish) in the Critics Choice category of the Sommelier Wine Awards.

British Travel Awards 2016
Cornwall has held onto its crown as the Best UK Holiday Destination in the British Travel Awards for the eighth consecutive year.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan gained the gold award in the Best UK Leisure Attraction category with the Eden Project dropping to the silver award after holding the gold award for five consecutive years.
Bude retained the gold award for Best UK Coastal Resort for the second tear running.

National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2016
The Eden Project has been voted their UK Attraction of the Year.

2015

British Travel Awards 2015
Cornwall has held onto its crown as the Best UK Holiday Destination in the British Travel Awards for the seventh consecutive year.
The Eden Project also triumphed by retaining its gold title in the Best UK Leisure Attraction category for the fifth year running.
Bude improved on their third place in 2014 year by taking the first place for Best UK Coastal Resort.

Heritage Education Trust's Sandford Award for Excellence in Heritage Education has been awarded to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall's Education Team.

Telegraph Top 10 best family-friendly hotels in England include two in Cornwall - the Bedruthan Steps and the Watergate Bay, both near Newquay.

St Austell Brewery wins Best Pub Menu at Restaurant Magazine's Development Chef Awards 2015 for their Coastal Pub and Kitchen menu.

National Community Rail Awards The Love Looe scheme was awarded first prize for the Best Marketing Campaign.

The Eden Project came second in a poll of favourite places in England funded by the National Lottery.

Trip Advisor Traveller's Choice Top 25 UK Beaches 2015: 5th - Porthminster Beach, St Ives; 6th - Perranporth Beach; 7th - Fistral Beach, Newquay.
Top 10 UK Islands 2015: 9th - St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Top 25 UK Small Hotels 2015: 5th - The Tide House, St Ives
Top 25 UK B & B's and Inns 2015: 14th - West By Five Guest House, St Ives, 17th - Newmoor Park, Launceston
Top 25 Hotels for families 2015: 10th - Sands Resort and Spa, Newquay, 17th - Fowey Hall, Fowey
Top 25 UK Hotels for Service 2015: 12th - The Tide House, St Ives

UK’s most romantic wedding venue is Polhawn Fort, which overlooks the sea on the Rame peninsula according to a competition run by the romance publisher, Mills and Boon

2015 Times guide to British beach escapes
First place - Sky House, at St Agnes; Second place - The Sand House, at Portreath; Third place - The Beach Hut, at Widemouth Bay; Fourth place - Trevone Farm, near Padstow.

Cornwall is joint first as British tourist destination along with Scotland.

National Caravan Council, The Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravannning Club survey of parents with children under 16 revealed that Cornwall is third on a "must see" list behind the Lake District and Stonehenge.
The survey found parents choose to holiday in the UK over trips abroad for the natural beauty of the region (67%), to get on the beach (43%) and to be active as a family (39%).

TripAdvisor's list of the UK's ten best ice cream parlours has Perran Dairy Ice Cream Parlour in Perranporth in second place with Moomaid of Zennor in St Ives at eighth.

The Camel Trail in North Cornwall has come second in a national vote to find the UK's favourite National Cycle Network route under 30 miles long, in a poll hosted by charity Sustrans.

In the National Geographic Traveller Awards the Eden Project won the Green category.

2014

Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award was won by the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Cornwall Today Awards The National Maritime Museum Cornwall was named Cornwall’s Best Museum.

British Travel Awards 2014
Cornwall has held onto its crown as the Best UK Holiday Destination in the British Travel Awards for the sixth consecutive year.
The Eden Project also triumphed by retaining its gold title in the Best UK Leisure Attraction category for the fourth year running.
The National Maritime Museum Cornwall won silver for Best UK Heritage Attraction for a second year.
Bude added further to Cornwall’s success this year by taking the bronze award for Best UK Coastal Resort.

Loo of the Year Awards 2014
Judges decided the best place to spend a penny was the Cribbar, on Gover Lane in Newquay, which scooped a platinum award.
All of the toilets are graded from bronze to gold, with unacceptable toilets not graded at all.
The platinum rating is given only to outlets which offer "exceptional toilets".

Google most searched holiday destination of 2014 for UK travellers
In 6th place was Cornwall - the only UK destination in the Top Ten.

Trip Advisor Traveller's Choice 2014
Top 25 UK Beaches: 3rd - Porthminster Beach, St Ives; 5th - Perranporth Beach; 8th - Fistral Beach, Newquay; 18th - Godrevy Head, Hayle.
Top 25 UK Small Hotels: 5th - Boskerris Hotel, St Ives
Top 25 Hotels with exceptional service: 17th - Boskerris Hotel, St Ives
Top 25 UK B&Bs and Inns: 13th - Trevose Harbour House, St Ives; 15th - No 1, St Ives

2013

TripAdvisor Awards: Second place in the Top 25 Small Hotels in the United Kingdom category to the Boskerris Hotel in St Ives.
Third place to the Boskerris Hotel in St Ives, fourth place to Trelaske Hotel and Restuarant at Looe and 9th place to the Scarlet Hotel at Mawgan Porth in the Top 10 Hotels for Romance - United Kingdom .
Seventh place to Pollaughan Farm at Portscatho and 21st place to Pencubitt Country House at Liskeard in the Top 25 Bargain Hotels in the United Kingdom category.
Second place to No 1 at St Ives, 18th place to the Bosanneth Hotel in Falmouth, 22nd place to the Little Leaf Guest House in St Ives and 24th place to Salt House in St Ives in the Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the United Kingdom category.
Third place to Porthminster Beach St Ives, 6th place to Fistral Beach Newquay, 13th place to Perranporth Beach and 25th place to Godrevy Head near Hayle in the Top 25 Beaches - United Kingdom category.
Second place for the Sands Resort and Spa at Newquay and 8th place for The Bedruthan Hotel and Spa at Mawgan Porth in the Top 10 Hotels for Families — United Kingdom category.

Visit England Awards: The Rashleigh Arms at Charlestown, St Austell was Highly Recommended in the Tourism Pub of the Year category.
Trethem Mill Touring Park, St Just In Roseland was the Silver Winner in the Caravan Holiday Park category.
Bedruthan Hotel & Spa at Mawgan Porth was the Silver Winner in the Large Hotel of the Year category.
Bosinver Farm Cottages, near St Austell, was Highly Commended in the Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year category.
The Scarlet Hotel at Mawgan Porth was Highly Commended in the Small Hotel of the Year category.

2012

British Travel Awards: Fal River Cornwall was voted second best UK water and Lake Boat Operator, the Eden Project won gold for the best UK Leisure Attraction for the second year running and the Minack Theatre won bronze in the Best UK Heritage Attraction category.

Visit England Awards: Pentillie Castle & Estate at St Mellion were Gold Winners of the Bed and Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year Award - Roundhouse Barn Holidays of Roseland were Highly Commended in the same category.
Gwel an Mor at Portreath was Gold Winner of the Caravan Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year Award.
Roundhouse Barn Holidays of Roseland were Silver Winners in the Self-Catering Holiday category.

The section of the South West Coast Path between Tintagel and Crackington Haven was voted Number 1 in a poll of Britain’s top 50 walks.

Cornwall is officially the top UK holiday destination for those aged 50 and over in the first 50+ Awards 2012. (York was second and London was third.) 211,465 votes were cast across 53 categories.

2011

British Travel Awards: Cornwall was voted the Best UK Holiday County or Region for the third year running, St Ives was voted the Best UK Seaside Town for the second year running and the Eden Project won gold for the Best UK Leisure Attraction.

Visit England Awards: Global Boarders of Cornwall were Silver Winners in the Best Tourism Experience category.
Bedruthan Steps Hotel and Spa were Gold Winners in the Sustainable Tourism category.
Porthminster Beach Café at St Ives were Gold Winners in the Taste of England category.

Three Cornish resorts were in the top 10 British Resorts in the TripAdvisor Awards - First place going to St Ives, Second place to Newquay and 8th place to Padstow.

Five of the 15 Nivea Sun best family beach awards have gone to Cornish beaches - Gold Award: Gyllyngvase, Silver Award: Harlyn Bay, Bronze Awards: Sennen Cove, Portreath and Kennack Sands.

2010

British Travel Awards: The Eden Project won the silver award for Best UK Heritage Attraction, Cornwall received the Gold award in the Best UK Holiday County or Region category and St Ives won the Gold award in the Best UK Seaside Town category.

Responsible Tourism Awards: Highly Commended for Bedruthan Steps Hotel and Spa in the Best Accommodation for the Environment.

Visit England Awards: Woodlands Country House, Padstow was a Regional Winner in the Bed and Breakfast/Guest Accommodation category.
Cornwall Classic Car Hire of Bodmin was a National Finalist in the Best Tourism Experience category.
Trethem Mill Touring Park, Roseland, Truro was the Winner of the Caravan Holiday Park category.
The Eden Project, St Austell was a Regional Winner in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category.
Boscrowan at Penzance was a Regional Winner in the Self Catering Holiday of the Year category.
The Cove, Maenporth Beach, Falmouth was a Regional Winner in the Taste of England category.

Cornwall took first place in the Favourite UK Country Escape in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine’s Reader Awards 2010.

Cornwall is officially the most scenic county in Britain, taking 65% of the vote in a survey commissioned by TV channel Blighty.

A Which? Holiday survey put Newquay (6th) and St Ives (8th) into the top ten favourite seaside towns.

2009

British Travel Awards: Cornwall received the Gold award in the Best UK Holiday County or Region category.

Visit England Awards: National Maritime Museum, Falmouth was a Regional Winner in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category

2008

British Travel Awards: Cornwall received the Bronze award in the Best UK Holiday County or Region category.

2006

Responsible Tourism Awards: Highly Commended for Bedruthan Steps Hotel in the Best Large Hotel (more than 50 rooms) in the World category.
Highly Commended for The Trelowarren Estate (near Camborne) in the Best for Innovation or Technology category.


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