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Get the 'wow' factor – the best attractions to visit in England

Discover the best visitor experiences as rated by VisitEngland

Every year, VisitEngland highlights the attractions best rated for visitor experiences. The impressive 'Hidden Gem' accolade is awarded by VisitEngland to attractions that have gone the extra mile in providing a quality visitor experience. Look out for it when you're looking through Rated Trips.

It's a select list and every one of them is worth visiting when lockdown is over. Select an attraction to read more about it.

Oliver Cromwell's House, Ely, Cambridgeshire


Quaker Tapestry Museum, Kendal, Cumbria


Renishaw Hall & Gardens, Renishaw, Derbyshire

RSPB Blacktoft Sands Nature Reserve, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire

The Cotswold Tour Guide, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Rochdale Pioneers Museum, Rochdale, Greater Manchester

Chawton House, Alton, Hampshire

La Hougue Bie, Grouville, Jersey
Hamptonne Country Life Museum, St Lawrence, Jersey
Royal Engineers Museum, Library & Archive, Chatham, Kent
Liverpool Cycle Tours, Liverpool, Merseyside
Sheringham Museum, Sheringham, Norfolk
Scarborough Fair Collection, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Charles Rennie Mackintosh House, Northampton, Northamptonshire
RSPB Coombes Valley and Consall Woods, Leek, Staffordshire
The Red House, Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

The Cotswolds Distillery, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire
Sussex Prairie Garden, Henfield, West Sussex
REME Museum, Chippenham, Wiltshire

Wadworth Brewery Visitor Centre, Devizes, Wiltshire
Hartlebury Castle, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

About VisitEngland

Introduced by VisitEngland in 2014, the Visitor Attraction Accolades are available to members of the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme. They include the Welcome Accolade, Hidden Gem, Best Told Story, Quality Food and Drink and the Gold Accolade for all-round top-scoring attractions.

Members of VisitEngland’s Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme represent a wide range of tourism experiences across England, from museums and galleries, farm attractions, historic houses and gardens to churches, cathedrals and country parks. They are supported by a network of highly trained assessors who advise on improving and promoting the quality, accessibility and sustainability of their offer.

Discover more great experiences and places to visit on Rated Trips