Welcome Accolade awarded to Kielder Observatory

We are delighted to share the news that Kielder Observatory has been awarded a VisitEngland Welcome accolade.

VisitEngland has announced the 2021-2022 winners of its Visitor Attraction Accolades highlighting the quality and diversity of visitor experiences on offer across the country... and we're one of them!

Kielder Observatory has been awarded a VisitEngland Welcome accolade as a testament to the high standards achieved, which the assessors felt were truly deserving of recognition.

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We are in excellent company with our Northumberland friends at Roman Army Museum, The Vindolanda Trust and The Alnwick Garden who have all received accolades. 

The winning attractions have gained the accolades based on scores received following their annual VisitEngland Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme assessments. Marks were allocated to the 97 attractions for the outstanding experiences they provide to visitors across categories including Welcome, Best Told Story, Quality Food and Drink, Hidden Gem and Gold for overall winners.

VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said:

"It's so exciting to see our brilliant attractions providing experiences for visitors and to recognise and showcase the variety and quality across the country.

England has unmissable visitor attractions and experiences that deliver world-class customer service. They also provide the warmest of welcomes and unforgettable storytelling that connects the whole experience, including retail and food and drink offers that exceed expectations."

Introduced in 2014, the accolades are available to VisitEngland's Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme participants across a wide range of tourism experiences in England from museums and galleries, farm attractions, historic houses and gardens to churches, cathedrals and country parks. Participating attractions are supported by a network of highly trained experienced assessors who advise them on improving and promoting the quality, accessibility and sustainability of their offer.

Wee the full list of attractions to recieve VisitEngland 2021-2022 Visitor Attraction Accolades here.