Telford tourist attraction awarded Gold VisitEngland Accolade
7th March 2016
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One of Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge Museums has received the highest Gold accolade from VisitEngland in recognition of the quality of its visitor experience.

Blists Hill Victorian Town, which is one of ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums spread across the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, received the award for visitor experience. Paul Gossage, Director of Engagement at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust said: “It was a great achievement to receive this accolade, which positions Blists Hill Victorian Town among the best tourist attractions in the country. It is wonderful that the hard work of all the staff and volunteers has once again been recognised by VisitEngland.”

Introduced by VisitEngland in 2014, the awards are only available to attractions, which are members of the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme; they are allocated through a scoring system based on an annual and unannounced assessment by VisitEngland. There are five categories including Best Told Story; Hidden Gems; Food and Drink; Welcome and the top-scoring Gold accolade.

The accolades highlight elements that matter most to visitors and recognise attractions that go the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Sally Balcombe, Chief Executive of VisitEngland said: "Attractions have received an accolade either for their warm welcome, unique storytelling or high-quality food and drink; ensuring an all-round quality experience for visitors. They reflect the wide variety of world-class attractions on offer in England and provide the perfect reason to book a visit.”

This year the  Ironbridge Gorge Museums celebrate their  30th anniversary. Together they attract over half a million visitors annually to Shropshire.

For more information about Ironbridge Museums click here. Or call 01952 433424.


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