A host of award winning Welsh attractions
Published: Friday 27th Nov 2015
Written by: Ginnie James
Visit Wales (the Welsh tourist board) have been running their Visitor Attractions Quality Scheme for quite a number of years but they have recently introduced Attraction Accolades that recognises attractions that make an exceptional effort to create the best experience that they can for their visitors.
The full list can be viewed here on the Visit Wales website and it is great to see the winners reflect the wide range of attractions that our country has to offer. The categories were Gold Accolade, Hidden Gem, Best Told Story, and Quality Café. From gardens to museums, forest parks to historic houses and castles, throw in a water park and a whiskey distillery for good measure and we have it all!
One of the Hidden Gems is just a few minutes down the road from our office and I wasn’t surprised to see it featured. Glansevern Hall Gardens is easy to get to, being located right off the A483 by the village of Berriew, between Newtown and Welshpool.
On the banks of the River Severn the 25 acres include a traditional kitchen garden, rose garden and Victorian grotto and rockery. My daughter loves running around the lovely space and with plenty of hiding places it’s great for a game of hide and seek! The Potting Shed Café in the Georgian courtyard offers tea and cakes or more substantial dishes. The last time I visited indulged in an Autumn Salad with couscous and roasted pigeon breast and then couldn’t resist a piece of the most delicious looking carrot cake.
There is a charge for going into the gardens but not if you just want to visit the café or the Chic Shed shop opposite which has a great range of unusual gifts. The café is now also open on Friday nights with a full dinner menu available but booking is advised! There are also plenty of events always in the pipeline and couple of festive examples are Children’s Christmas Trails in the gardens to a Bucks Fizz Brunch in run up to Christmas so do take a look at their website for full details.