Hudson’s Heritage Awards are open to all historic houses, heritage gardens, museums, galleries in historic buildings, archaeological or industrial sites and other places associated with the past in the UK. Only places open to the public may enter.

Awards are made in a series of categories. The categories have been devised to reflect the many different ways in which visitors enjoy a heritage experience and any heritage attraction may enter more than one.

We welcome commercial sponsors for any award category. Please email for details

1. Best Family Day Out
A great day out for a mix of age groups; including play areas, interactive displays, guides, games, trails or activities for children and plenty to occupy Mums, Dads, Grannies and Grandfathers.

2. Best Places to Eat
Do you have a tearoom, café, kiosk or restaurant that is out of the ordinary; that has exceptional service, local produce, home cooked foods, a superb interior or special setting?
3. Best Places to Stay
A place to stay overnight within the House or immediate surroundings, catered for or self-catered. Visitors will enjoy comfort, style and presentation, uniqueness and empathy with the surroundings.


4. Best New Discovery - Sponsored by Hunters Solicitors
Something newly found, uncovered, researched or restored - perhaps an artefact, a landscape feature or even a new historical insight, particularly one that has enriched the visitor experience.


5. Best Hidden Gem
A special place waiting to be discovered i.e. the main house, a folly or chapel or special feature somewhere unexpected in the house.

6. Best Wedding Venue
The perfect place for a wedding, providing a truly memorable wedding day.


7. Best Event or Exhibition
An original event, a concert or opera, a festival, temporary exhibition, community project or temporary commercial enterprise.


8. Best Innovation

A new commercial idea which is unusual, original and stands out from the crowd or a new commission on public display, perhaps a painting or piece of furniture, sculpture or new planting or a garden feature – the heritage of tomorrow.

9. Best Places for Shopping

A really exciting retail experience, with a range of original, local products, excellent merchandising and display, well trained staff and demonstrable success.

10. Best Loos
Public toilets provided for visitors which are not only clean and well maintained but which have a little heritage flair.
Entry to all categories is unrestricted and free of charge and entries may be made to any number of categories in one year. Please submit separate entry forms for each category.
For every entry, please send us details as requested and return with photographs and relevant supporting evidence (menus, indication of profitability, published or promotional material etc). Recognition will always be given to recent investment and development.