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Chiddingstone Castle awarded Best Wedding Venue at 2016 Hudson's Heritage Awards

4th March 2016

Ali Ditzel, Natalie Wilkins and Georgina Bennett from Chiddingstone Castle receiving the Hudson’s Heritage Award 2016 for Best Wedding Venue from celebrity historian, Dan Cruickshank

Chiddingstone Castle in Kent has won one of the prestigious 2016 Hudson's Heritage Awards which were announced today Tuesday 1 March. Chiddingstone Castle picked up the award in the category of Best Wedding Venue. Established in 2011, the awards are an independently judged, annual, national scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites and celebrate the very best visitor experiences.

Dan Cruickshank, distinguished architectural historian, presented the awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London with invited guests including owners and managers of the winning entries, representatives of the heritage tourist industry and the media.

The lunch was hosted by an independent judging panel of heritage experts including Chairman Norman Hudson OBE, heritage consultant; Lucinda Lambton, writer and broadcaster; Jeremy Musson, architectural writer; Simon Foster, consultant to Channel 4’s Country House Rescue and Ken Robinson, CBE, tourism business consultant.

Sarah Greenwood, publisher of market leading guide, Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens said “We are thrilled to reveal the winners of Hudson’s Heritage Awards today. The judges have been impressed by the standards of innovation and the range of visitor experiences this year. From great food to original loos, visitors to today’s heritage sites can expect more than just history and beauty on a day out, though there is always plenty of both!”

Ms Ali Ditzel, Director of Chiddingstone Castle, said “We are delighted to have won a 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Award. It demonstrates the high standards and commitment we offer our visitors to ensure their experience is the very best. We are delighted to have the acknowledgment and recognition that Chiddingstone Castle is amongst the elite of heritage attractions in the UK”.

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