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Two Shropshire Finalists in the 2015 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence (8th April 2015)

Two Shropshire Finalists in the 2015 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and The Old Rectory of St James Guest House have both been named as finalists in their respective categories for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year in the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.

As finalists Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and The Old Rectory of St James Guest House, both members of Shropshire Tourism, now go forward to the glittering Awards Ceremony which is being held on Monday 11 May 2015 at the Sage Gateshead. 

The VisitEngland Awards attracted a total of 345 applications. They will have to wait until the Awards Ceremony to find out which award they will receive.  All finalists are guaranteed to receive either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award.

James Berresford, Chief Executive of VisitEngland said: "It's been another successful year for our Excellence Awards as we've received hundreds of applications of an extremely high standard. That's why all the finalists should be incredibly proud that they've been short-listed against such tough competition. I’d like to congratulate all the finalists who now represent the top five in their category in England and wish them all the very best of luck on Awards night at the Sage Centre in Gateshead - a spectacular venue to celebrate the industry's best.”

Speaking on behalf of The Old Rectory of St James Guest House, owners Rosemary and Adrian said: "We are delighted that our quintessentially English Guest House has been selected as one of the finalists. We have endeavoured over the last four years to be one of the best in Telford and Shropshire, so to be in the top five nationally is a wonderful achievement for us. We make the most of what Shropshire has to offer - its food, attractions, countryside and heritage – to tempt guests from all over the world to stay with us.  Their stay usually exceeds their expectations."

Also delighted with their place as a finalist, Paul Gossage Director of Marketing and PR at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust said, “It is wonderful that the hard work of the Trustees, staff and volunteers has been recognised by Visit England and that the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is seen as one of the best attractions in the country.”

The ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums are spread across six square miles of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, together attracting around half a million visitors per year. Intended for venues that welcome more than 50,000 visitors per annum, the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Category will be judged on the overall quality of the experience they provide.

For more information about Shropshire's two finalists visit and