Here are your 2023 Group Leisure & Travel Awards finalists. The winners will be revealed at the ceremony on Wednesday 4th October. 

Thank you to the readers who nominated their favourites during Round 1 and who have voted in Round 2. Voting is now closed. 

The winners of each of the 18 categories listed below will be announced during the GLT Awards ceremony on Wednesday 4th October at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, Milton Keynes.

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Here are your 2023 GLT Awards finalists…

Best UK Attraction for Children & Families

  • Cadbury World
  • Howletts Wild Animal Park
  • LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
  • Monkey World
  • Norfolk Lavender
  • West Midland Safari Park
  • Aerospace Bristol
  • King Richard III Visitor Centre
  • National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
  • National Waterways Museum
  • Royal Air Force Museum London
  • The Royal Mint Experience

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Best Historic Attraction or Venue

  • Blenheim Palace
  • Hereford Cathedral
  • Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
  • Tower of London
  • Waddesdon Manor
  • Windsor Castle

Best Garden Visit

  • Borde Hill
  • Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • RHS Garden Wisley
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • The Savill Garden

Tulip border

With so much choice, groups are spoilt for choice when it comes to garden visits.

Best Coach or Tour Operator - UK Tours

  • Alfa Travel
  • Airedale Tours
  • Daish’s Holidays
  • Dunwood
  • InterChoice
  • Just Go Holidays
  • DFDS
  • Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
  • Irish Ferries
  • P&O Ferries
  • Stena Line
  • Wightlink

Best Event for Groups

  • BBC Gardeners’ World Live
  • Kynren
  • London International Horse Show
  • Qatar Goodwood Festival 
  • Royal Ascot
  • Southport Flower Show

Best Christmas Experience

  • Christmas at Kew
  • Gloucester Quays
  • Hever Castle
  • Thursford Christmas Spectacular
  • Waddesdon Manor
  • York Christmas Festival

Christmas decorations

Who will receive the festive crown for the 2023 Best Christmas Experience Award?

Best Guided Tour

  • Bombay Sapphire Distillery
  • Historic Dockyard Chatham
  • Manchester City Stadium Tour
  • Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • The Royal Mint Experience

Best Accommodation for Groups

  • Brend Collection
  • Daish’s Holidays
  • Leisureplex
  • Potters Resorts
  • Richardson Hotels
  • Warner Leisure Hotels

Best Group Dining Experience

  • Bateaux London
  • Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
  • The Floating Grace
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Mamma Mia! The Party
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s Pullman Dining Carriages

Did you know that America’s Got Talent winner and Las Vegas headliner, Paul Zerdin has been confirmed as the special guest and host of the 2023 Group Leisure & Travel Awards ceremony? For event and ticket info click here.

Paul Zerdin

Star ventriloquist and America’s Got Talent winner Paul Zerdin is set to be a big hit at the 2023 Awards ceremony. 


Best Theatre Production

  • Disney’s Frozen The West End Musical
  • The Lion King
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Pretty Woman The Musical
  • SIX
  • Wicked

Best Cruise Line

  • Amadeus River Cruises
  • Ambassador Cruise Line
  • CroisiEurope
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • P&O Cruises
  • Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

Cruise deck

Ocean and river cruising is big for groups.

Best Ticketing Agency

  • ATG Tickets
  • Delfont Mackintosh
  • Group Line
  • LW Theatres
  • Nimax Theatres
  • The Ticket Factory

 Best UK Destination

  • Isle of Wight
  • Leicestershire
  • London
  • Staffordshire
  • Wiltshire
  • York

The city of York, England

York came out on top of the Best UK Destination category in 2022.

Best International Destination

  • Flanders
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • Slovenia

The Excellence Award

  • Faye Brant-Key, National Memorial Arboretum
  • Jackie Cook, Success Tours
  • Sophie Dart, Nimax Theatres
  • Daniel Pocock, Potters Resorts

Best Group Tour Operator

  • Airedale Tours
  • Alfa Travel
  • HF Holidays
  • Simply Groups
  • Success Tours
  • Travel Editions

Best UK Attraction

  • Brighton i360
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Coronation Street The Tour
  • Longleat
  • National Memorial Arboretum
  • Windsor Castle

Group Travel Organiser of the Year®

  • Mary Gotts, GOTT 2 TRAVEL
  • Andy Hine, The Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain
  • Linda Hubbard, Bexley Civic Society
  • Richard Preston, The Valentine Club

You can read more about each of the GTO of the Year® finalists in our special feature on them here

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Voting for the categories listed above closed on Sunday 2nd July, 2023, and all winners will be announced at the ceremony on Wednesday 4th October at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Milton Keynes. 

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