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Florence Court, County Fermanagh

Visitor Experience Star Ratings Explained

In Northern Ireland, Visitor Attractions and Experiences can choose to be star rated.

The NITB Quality Grading Scheme offers tourism providers a chance to be awarded with a star rating. We use a 1 – 5 star grading system to indicate the quality visitors can expect when visiting a participating attraction.

Visitors to Northern Ireland can have confidence that quality graded tourism operators have been thoroughly assessed before being awarded a star. The number of stars awarded indicates the standard visitors can expect.


 *        Fair and acceptable
 **       Good
 ***      Very good
 ****     Excellent
 *****   Outstanding


The quality assessment takes multiple aspects of the customer experience into account, from making your booking, to paying for your t-shirt at the till.


The scheme is open to a huge range of attractions including:

  • Wildlife Experiences
  • Gardens
  • Art Venues
  • Castles
  • Activity Providers
  • Tours
  • Historic Attractions
  • Tourist Shop
  • Leisure Centres
  • Garden Centres
  • Museums
  • Historic Houses
  • Activity Centres

Look out for the stars! Tourism businesses displaying a NITB quality star rating have been officially quality assessed by NITB.

Places To Visit

Pickie Fun Park, Bangor

Following a major facelift and an investment of £2.6 million, Pickie Funpark has reopened in style and is now back on the must visit attraction list.

Old Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills

Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Streamvale Open Farm, Belfast

Streamvale Open Farm Streamvale is a family run dairy with so much to see and do! From feeding the animals to cuddling the baby rabbits, taking pony rides or taking a tractor drive. There are a host of activities here for all the family to enjoy.

Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland, Bushmills

The world famous Giant's Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt is the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland and is a must see for visitors.

Andrew Jackson Cottage and US Rangers Centre, Carrickfergus

Located less than a mile from the Town Centre, off the Larne Road, the Andrew Jackson Cottage is a traditional thatched Ulster –Scots farmhouse built in 1750s.

Carnfunnock Country Park, Ballygally, Larne

Carnfunnock Country Park covers 191 hectares of mixed woodland, colourful gardens, walking trails and spectacular coastline, with panoramic views of the Antrim Coast and North Channel.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Antrim, Northern Ireland, Ballintoy, Ballycastle

Carrick-a-Rede boasts unrivalled coastal scenery and an exhilarating rope bridge experience accessed by a short coastal footpath. On the way, there are wonderful vantage points to stop and take in the natural beauty.

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Holywood

Discover town and countryside with cottages, farms, schools and shops to explore in the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum. Climb on and off majestic steam locomotives or experience the sensation of flight in the Transport Museum.

WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Comber, Newtownards

Ireland's largest collection of ducks, geese and swans. Viewing from hides, waterfowl gardens, woodland walks. Extended gardens and woodlands with a gift shop, home made food, art gallery and coffee shop.

Enniskillen Castle Museums, Enniskillen

Enniskillen Castle overlooks Lough Erne in Enniskillen, once the stronghold of Gaelic Maguire chieftains. The castle's history is traced from its beginnings as a Maguire Castle until its use as a barracks in the 1700s and 1800s.

Florence Court, Florence Court Demesne, Enniskillen

Florence Court is a truly welcoming home. The house, formerly the home of the Cole family, Earls of Enniskillen, is surrounded by a large area of parkland, garden and woodland, with breathtaking views to Benaughlin and the Cuilcagh Mountains.

Tower Museum, Londonderry/Derry

The Tower Museum houses two permanent exhibitions The Story of Derry and An Armada Shipwreck - La Trinidad Valencera as well as other temporary exhibitions. The top of the Museum provides an open air viewing facility in the heart of the city centre.

Bangor Abbey, Bangor

The main body of the building dates from 1830's, the tower from 15th century and steeple dates from around 1693. There are old and interesting gravestones including a memorial to the assistant surgeon of the Titanic local man John Edward Simpson.

Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre, Belleek, Enniskillen

When you step into the world of Belleek Pottery you enter one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most fascinating attractions. Unique pieces are made using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation.

Armagh Public Library, Armagh

Established in 1771, Armagh Public Library is one of the oldest libraries in Ireland. There are many rare and valuable books housed here and it is also a registered museum which holds prints, ancient Irish artifacts, gems and coins.

Linen Hall Library, Belfast

Founded in 1788, Linen Hall Library is a truly unique institution. As the oldest library in Belfast and the last subscribing library in Ireland, it has an impressive Irish and Local Studies Collection and houses a significant genealogy section.

The Guildhall, Londonderry/Derry

Fashioned in neo-gothic style, the Guildhall is one of the most striking buildings in the North West and was originally built in 1887. The building now boasts a multifaceted tourism experience providing a central hub for visitors exploring the city

Saint Patrick's Cathedral (Church of Ireland), Armagh

Saint Patrick founded his chief church here on the Hill of Armagh in 445AD, and there has been a Christian church on the site ever since. The present building dates from the 13th Century and was last restored in 1834.

Island Arts Centre, Lisburn

We look forward to welcoming you to ISLAND Arts Centre.

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Legnabrocky, Enniskillen

The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, the only UNESCO Geopark in Northern Ireland, is one of Europe's finest show caves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers.

Superdrive Motorsports Centre, Portadown, Craigavon

Set on ten acres in County Armagh’s beautiful countryside, Superdrive Motorsports Centre near Portadown is a world of adrenalin and experience for children and adults, groups and individuals.

Hillmount Nursery Centre, Belfast

Our new conservatory style shop makes a visit enjoyable whatever the weather. Choose from our wide selection of products including giftware, pet accessories, house ware indoor/outdoor plants and garden sundries.

Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh

Immerse yourself in the story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life.

Carrickfergus Museum & Civic Centre, Carrickfergus

The Museum presents an exhibition of treasure excavated in Carrickfergus. There are multi-media and audio-visual presentations.

Cockle Row Cottages, Groomsport, Bangor

Cockle Row cottages are perfect for the whole family to visit. Free weekend entertainment for all including craft fairs, children's crafts, live music and local craft demonstrations.

Mount Ida Pottery, Banbridge

The stunning views from mount Ida studio has been inspirational in much of Trevor’s work. The unspoilt rural landscape and assortment of rural buildings steeped in history, feature in ceramic framed pieces.

Larne Museum and Arts Centre, Larne

The Carnegie Centre houses Larne Museum, a temporary exhibition gallery, auditorium and education centre. The Museum charts Larne Borough’s maritime, agricultural, industrial and social history through a range of exhibits.

Drumbo Park Stadium, Lisburn

If you’ve never experienced greyhound racing before then it’s time you came up to speed. Drumbo Park offers three action packed race nights every week and every one’s a winner.

Belfast City Sightseeing, Belfast

The Belfast City Sightseeing Hop-On / Hop-Off open-top bus tour departs every 30 minutes from Castle Place in Belfast city centre.

Our full day Giant's Causeway and Antrim Coast Tour remains our flagship daily tour.

No 5 Vicars' Hill, Armagh

Built in 1772 as the Diocesan Registry to hold records for the Church of Ireland Diocese, this Grade A listed building has been restored and was formally opened to the public in March 2011.

FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge

An award winning art gallery dedicated to the memory of world-renowned sculptor Frederick Edward McWilliam who was born in Banbridge.

Dobbies Garden World, Lisburn

Dobbies Garden World, Lisburn features an extensive range of plants and gardening products, a Farm Foodhall specialising in locally-sourced produce, as well as a stunning 350-seater restaurant, and an educational Greenhouse area.

Campsie Karting Centre, Eglinton, Londonderry/Derry

Now rated a 4* Activity Centre by NITB. We are the only indoor karting centre in the Northwest. We have 22 new fast karts.

Titanic Belfast, Belfast

'Highly Commended' Best Visitor Experience & Marketing and Sales Excellence NITA Awards 2013. Titanic Belfast is a 'must see' visit in any tour of Belfast, and is now Northern Ireland's top visitor attraction.

Laurel View Equestrian Centre, Templepatrick, Ballyclare

Laurel View Equestrian Centre is a family run British Horse Society approved riding school, livery yard, competition, training and exam centre.
The Centre has two large indoor arenas, plus outdoor arenas and cross country facilities.

Martin McCrossan City Tours, Londonderry/Derry

The Only Northern Ireland Tourist Board 5 Star Tour in the City. Tours operate all year round at 10am,12noon,2pm and 4pm. Only £4 per person. Tour includes Free Tea or Coffee and includes St Columbs Cathedral. Step on guides available. Winner of numerous awards including NITB Tourism Hero Award.

Laurel Villa Tours Of Seamus Heaney Country, Magherafelt

Take a bespoke guided tour of Seamus Heaney's native South Derry - Heaney Country - to find out more about the people, places and countryside that inspired Ireland's Greatest Poet.

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