Seven Oxfordshire tourist institutions were honoured at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence in Brighton last week.
The awards recognise and celebrate excellence in the tourism sector with the aim of inspiring other businesses to reinvest and raise standards in quality, innovation and customer service.
Blenheim Palace was crowned Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and Oxford Castle Unlocked won Small Visitor Attraction of the Year.
Oxford Castle Unlocked marketing manager Saffron Bowdler said: “The castle has played such an important role in the development of our city and it’s a pleasure to bring the site’s 1,000 years of history to life.
“We are over the moon that the team’s commitment to delivering a first class attraction has been recognised with this gold award.”
Restaurant 56 at the Sudbury House Hotel in Faringdon won the Best Restaurant/Bistro of the Year.
Other awards included: Oxford’s Visitor Information Centre, silver in the Information Service of the Year; Baskerville in Henley-on-Thames, silver in the Pub of the Year; The Chesnuts in Shilton, silver in the Self-Catering Business of the Year and Wisteria Cottage in Watlington, highly commended in the Sustainable Tourism Award.