The best attractions, operators, destinations, suppliers and experiences for groups, according to the people that keep the group travel industry moving - our readers. 

Here are your 2024 GLT Awards winners…

Best UK Attraction for Children & Families

  • Chester Zoo
  • Go Ape
  • LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort (winner)
  • Monkey World
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
  • West Midlands Safari Park
  • Black Country Living Museum
  • King Richard III Visitor Centre
  • London Transport Museum (winner)
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • The National Gallery
  • The Royal Mint Experience

Thank you to our official 2024 Awards Partners…


Best Historic Attraction or Venue

  • Hatfield Park
  • Leeds Castle
  • Longleat
  • Tower of London (winner)
  • Waddesdon Manor
  • Windsor Castle

Best Garden Visit

  • Chelsea Physic Garden
  • Exbury Gardens
  • RHS Garden Wisley
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (winner)
  • The Savill Garden
  • Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Kew Gardens

Source: RBG Kew

Highlights at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which won the Best Garden Visit category, include the historic Palm House.

Best Coach or Tour Operator - UK Tours

  • Airedale Tours
  • Alfa Travel
  • Daish’s Holidays
  • Dunwood (winner)
  • Greatdays Travel Group
  • Norman Allen Group Travel
  • Brittany Ferries
  • DFDS
  • Irish Ferries (winner)
  • LeShuttle
  • P&O Ferries
  • Wightlink

What happened on the night?

Click the button below to read about what happened on a night to remember in London as the best of the best were crowned in a five star ceremony in Kensington.

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Best Event for Groups

  • BBC Gardeners’ World Live
  • Blackpool Illuminations (winner)
  • Bournemouth Air Festival
  • Kynren
  • RHS Malvern Spring Festival
  • Royal Ascot

Best Christmas Experience

  • Blenheim Palace
  • Christmas at Kew
  • Gloucester Quays
  • Hever Castle
  • Thursford Christmas Spectacular (winner)
  • Waddesdon Manor

GLT Awards trophy

GLT readers voted in their thousands to decide who took home this year’s trophies.

Best Guided Tour

  • Emmerdale The Village Tour
  • Manchester City Stadium Tour
  • The Royal Mint Experience (winner)
  • Tootbus London
  • Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
  • Windsor Castle

Best Accommodation for Groups

  • Brend Collection
  • Celesta Venues
  • Daish’s Holidays
  • Potters Resorts
  • Richardson Hotels
  • Warner Hotels (winner)

Best Group Dining Experience

  • City Experiences
  • East Lancashire Railway
  • Faulty Towers The Dining Experience (winner)
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Mamma Mia! The Party
  • Yeadon Town Hall Theatre Dinner Shows

Best Theatre Production

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • The Lion King
  • Mamma Mia! (winner)
  • Mrs Doubtfire
  • The Play That Goes Wrong
  • Wicked

Best Cruise Line

  • Amadeus River Cruises
  • Ambassador Cruise Line
  • CroisiEurope
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines (winner)
  • Saga
  • Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen

Source: Fred. Olsen

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines came out top in the Best Cruise Line category for 2024. 

Best Ticketing Agency

  • Delfont Mackintosh
  • Disney Tickets
  • Group Line (winner)
  • LW Theatres
  • Nimax Theatres
  • The Ticket Factory

 Best UK Destination

  • Isle of Wight (winner)
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • London
  • Norwich
  • Wiltshire
  • York

Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Source: Visit Isle of Wight

For a second year running, you decided that the Isle of Wight should take home the Best UK Destination category.

Best International Destination

  • Disneyland Paris, France
  • Flanders, Belgium
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Lake Garda, Italy (winner)
  • New York City, USA

The Excellence Award

  • Marcia Clement, RHS
  • Charlotte Howle, Chester Zoo (winner)
  • Hayley Walker, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Flo Wallace, Visit Wiltshire/Great West Way®

Find out more about each of the finalists in our special feature.

Buckingham Palace in London

Source: Visit London/Jon Reid

Buckingham Palace has been crowned the winner of the Best UK Attraction.

Best Group Tour Operator

  • HF Holidays
  • Leger Holidays (winner)
  • Ramble Worldwide
  • Simply Groups
  • Success Tours
  • Travel Editions

Best UK Attraction

  • Buckingham Palace (winner)
  • Coronation Street Experience
  • London Eye
  • London Zoo
  • National Memorial Arboretum
  • Stonehenge

GTO of the Year Award®

  • Joyce Cook, Basingstoke & Old Basing U3A (winner)
  • Nicola Haynes, Theatre Trips Essex
  • Patsy Steadman, Force Club, Avon & Somerset Police
  • Gwen Wright, The Arts Society, Cranleigh

Find out more about each of the finalists in our special feature.

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