Cardiff Castle has been shortlisted in the prestigious 2010 Group Travel Awards for the categories of Best Venue offering Guided Tours and Best On-line Information.
The Group Travel Awards represents the Group Travel Organisers Association, a leading body in the travel trade within the UK. Voting took place during the winter by their members and the votes have now been counted to give the shortlists in each of the 26 categories.
The category for Best Venue offering Guided Tours is closely fought, with other attractions in the shortlist being BBC Television Centre, Black Country Living Museum, City and Village Tours of London, The National Trust, Blue Badge Guides and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Guided tours at Cardiff Castle have been the highlight of a visit for many years. All the guides are passionate about the site and many have worked at the castle for years, unable to drag themselves away from such a wonderful venue. The tours take visitors through the spectacular apartments of the castle, designed in the Gothic Revival style by William Burges in the 19th century.
Castle Manager, Kevin Burt, explains, “We are delighted to be shortlisted for these awards, especially to be included in 2 categories, not just one. We have always known that our guided tours are the highlight for many castle visitors, and this is testament to the hard work and dedication of our team of guides.”
Nigel Howells, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said “The Council’s aim is to make Cardiff Castle a world-class visitor attraction and to be shortlisted in these awards is great news. It demonstrates that the high quality visitor experience is appreciated by professionals in the industry.”
The winners in each category will be announced at an awards ceremony on the night of Friday 11th June.