The team at Hartlebury Castle are celebrating after being awarded Visit England’s Hidden Gem Accolade.

Hidden Gem is a national award for smaller attractions that offer a very good visitor experience. Awards are made for a high quality experience and memorable visit.

The Award follows a Visit England assessment of Hartlebury Castle which took into account all areas of activity; from cleanliness and catering to the visitor welcome and customer care.

Assessors noted in particular the excellent range and variety of content at the site, the impressive appearance of the Castle buildings and the enthusiasm of visitor assistants.

Hartlebury Castle is steeped in history, having been home to the Bishops of Worcester for 1,000 years. Following Heritage Lottery-funded developments visitors can now tour grand state rooms, explore previously unseen grounds and gardens and enjoy the Worcestershire County Museum’s fascinating collections including costumes, transport and toy gallery.


County Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Chair of the Joint Museums Committee said:

The Hidden Gem Accolade is a fabulous recognition of the commitment of the partnership between Museums Worcestershire and the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust to provide the best possible experience for all our visitors.”


Vicky Bagnall, Chair of the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust said:

“Hartlebury Castle is supported by a brilliant team of Trustees, volunteers and staff. Offering an excellent visitor experience is a priority for every one of us. We hope this award will encourage many more visitors to come and find Hartlebury Castle.”


Hartlebury Castle reopened last year following significant Heritage Lottery-funded developments, making it a larger visitor destination. A new Café opened at the historic site just two weeks ago.

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