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Accommodation in Northern  Ireland

Certification Explained

Northern Ireland’s accommodation sector is unique to any other part of the UK. It is the only region where legislation exists to ensure properties meet basic standards for visitors.

In Northern Ireland, tourist accommodation properties must be inspected by Tourism Northern Ireland (Tourism NI). This is compulsory under the Tourism (Northern Ireland) Order 1992. This means that properties must reach an acceptable standard before they can operate and offer accommodation to tourists.

It is illegal for a property to operate without having a valid Tourism NI certificate in place.

There are 8 categories of accommodation which are covered by the legislation and inspected by Tourism NI:



Guest House

Guest Accommodation

Bed & Breakfast          

Campus Accommodation

Self Catering


Look before you Book

Booking accommodation in Northern Ireland has never been easier. The popularity of online booking agents is growing and giving consumers more choice and convenience than ever before.

However, be sure to check the property appears on before confirming your reservation. This is the only website that can guarantee that all advertised properties are certified by Tourism NI.

Look before you book! Certified properties have been inspected for minimum standards and comply with other statutory regulations.

Star Ratings

Star ratings are valued by visitors and form an important part of the decision making process. A property displaying a star rating has been officially and independently assessed by Tourism NI. Choosing to have a star rating is voluntary but many proprietors understand its importance and have chosen to apply for a star. You can search for a star rated property by using the filter on the accommodation page.

Tourism Northern Ireland (Tourism NI) is the trading name of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

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