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Visit York's Tourism Industry Awards

Visit York is proud to have won a multitude of industry awards. This is not only testimony to our magnificent city, but our member tourism businesses that go the extra mile to make the world recognise our achievements.

Please do use York’s awards in your own marketing – we have lots to shout loud and proud about in York.

Provided below is a selection of many accolades York has achieved:

Summary of York’s Awards Success – updated June 2015

  • Winner - Best UK Destination for Groups at the Group Travel Awards 2015
  •  Gold Award at the ‘China Tourist Welcome’ Awards 2015 for ‘Best Performance’
  •  Silver Award for ‘Best Tourism Campaign’ in the Travel Marketing Awards 2015
  •  Finalist for the Interrail Destination of the Year Award 2015
  • No.2 in The Telegraph’s ‘Britain’s Ten Best Cities’ list, voted for by Telegraph readers
  • Best Visitor Information Centre at the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2014
  • Best Local Operator in Viator Travel Awards 2014
  •  Winner of Best Travel Website in Group Leisure Awards 2013
  •  Best Travel Information Website in Travolution Awards 2013
  • Best 50+ UK day out in the 50+ Awards 2013
  • May 2013 – York scooped the top spot in an independent poll of over 2,000 people to discover the nation’s favourite town or small city. Chosen for its history, fantastic architecture and friendly atmosphere, York came first on a list of over 200 small cities and towns including Bath, Cambridge, St Ives and Stratford-upon-Avon (Discover Britain Magazine)
  •  Finalist for the Most Group Friendly UK destination in the Group Travel Organiser Awards 2012.
  • Shortlisted for the Best 50+ UK destination in the 50+ Awards 2012
  • Best Cycle Rail Station in the UK (Nov 2011), awarded by East Coast
  •  York has been crowned the best gastro destination in the UK and fifth best in Europe by Trip Advisor, the largest on line travel review site (Oct 2011)
  • York was voted the best place to visit in three out of six categories including best family day out, best historical place to visit, and best for rest and relaxation in a new survey by East Coast rail (Sep 2011)
  • York has been hailed as Britain’s most beautiful city – and the place where most people want to live (July 2011). York received 17% of the votes in an independent survey conducted by the search engine Bing to find the most attractive place in the UK and one in ten people named York as the city they would most like to move to.
  • York was voted (May 2011) ‘Britain’s Favourite Small City’ in an independent poll commissioned by the Rough Guide (and conducted by YouGov)
  • Petergate has been shortlisted as the ‘Best Shopping Street’ in the UK in the 2011 Google Street View Awards.
  • Winner - Most Group Friendly UK Destination – Group Travel Awards – 2011
  • Finalist – Coach Tourism Awards 2011 – Coach Friendly Town or City of the Year category
  • York was given an ‘Honourable Mention’ in Annual British Heritage Awards, awarded by
  • Chief Executive of Visit York, Gillian Cruddas, was awarded an MBE for services to the York tourism sector, 2011.
  • York won a European Excellence Awards (2010) – for ‘Best Tourism Campaign’, awarded by the magazine ‘Communication Director’.
  • York won 'best city' in the Yorkshire and Humber region in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition for the first time in 2010, with a Silver Gilt Rose award for the spring judging and the rare and coveted Gold for the summer round. Yorkshire in Bloom is a regional heat of the Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom competition.
  • York won a Silver Gilt Award in the National Finals of Britain in Bloom 2011 – representing the Yorkshire region in the ‘City’ category. York was one of 77 villages, towns, cities and urban communities from across the UK competing for the coveted RHS medals.
  • 2010 - Google Street View Awards –

The Shambles – Most Picturesque Street in Britain
Stonegate – 2nd Best for Fashion in Britain
Fossgate – 3rd Best in Britain for Food

  • York has topped a new list of friendliest places to live, beating 28 others including Cambridge, Edinburgh and Newcastle.

A survey by health insurance company National Friendly, Coined ‘the Friendly Index’, questioned 3,000 people in the UK about how often they spoke to their neighbours and whether they knew the names of their local postman, policeman and milkman. York was voted friendliest place in the UK to live.

  • York was voted ‘safest place to visit’ in the 2010 Conde Nast Readers’ Traveller Awards.
  • York crowned ‘City of the Year’ at the Coach Tourism Awards 2010. Coach operators and readers of Coach Monthly Magazine, which organises the awards, voted for York above other tourism hot spots including Bath, Chester, Liverpool and Southport. This is the third time York has won this accolade at the Coach Tourism Awards having scooped the ‘City of the Year’ title in 2006 and 2008.
  • York was a Finalist in the Group Leisure Travel Awards – Best UK City – 2010
  • Winner - Most Group Friendly UK Destination – Group Travel Organiser Awards – 2009
  •  Best UK City – Telegraph Travel Awards - 2008
  • Finalist – Most Group Friendly UK Destination – Group Travel Organiser Awards - 2008
  • Best UK City – Telegraph Travel Awards - 2007
  • European Tourism City of the Year – European Cities Marketing - 2007/2008
  • Coach Tourism City of the Year – Coach Tourism Awards - 2008
  •  Most Group Friendly UK Destination – Group Travel Organiser Magazine Awards - 2006
  •  Best British City - Period Living and Traditional Homes Best of British Awards - 2004
  •  Best UK City – Telegraph Awards - 2004
  •  Visitor City of the Year – Good Britain Guide - 2004
  • Britain’s Favourite English City – Guardian Observer Travel Awards - 2001
  • Best UK City - Group Leisure Magazine Industry Awards - 2000

York is in the top ten UK destinations, in the top 100 world destinations and in the top 25 European destinations as voted in the Traveller's Choice Destination awards by Trip Advisor. Winners are determined by a combination of travellers’ favourite places and overall popularity.

Lonely Planet – Top 200 Cities - What do Paris, York and New York have in common with Bled, Slovenia, and Luang Prabang in Laos? All of them appear in Lonely Planet's new "Cities: A Journey Through the Best Cities in the World" , a coffee-table book describing 200 of the world's best cities, as ranked by Lonely Planet's staff and readers. Sitting alongside Rome, San Francisco, Bangkok, Cape Town, Istanbul, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Katmandu, Prague, Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin, Jerusalem and Montreal, York England is in good company. York is placed 76 out of 200 of the top cities in the world to visit.


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