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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 Funpark, Bangor

Pickie Funpark is one of the top ten visitor attractions in Northern Ireland. The park provides a fun day out for all: An 18-hole mini-golf course, giant pedal swans, Pickie Puffer train, children's play area, children's electric car track and more

Old Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills

Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim, on the beautiful North Coast close to the Giant's Causeway. On your visit you will be shown round a working distillery with all the associated sights and smells.

Streamvale Open Farm, Belfast

The real farm experience for every visitor - you can see the dairy production as well as take a nature walk with views of Belfast, feed and cuddle baby animals, join in all the farm fun and enjoy the delicious home made ice cream.

Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland, Bushmills

The world famous Giant's Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt is the only UNESCO 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

Packed full of fun family activities and attractions, Carnfunnock Country Park offers over 191 hectares of mixed woodland, colourful gardens, way-marked walks and spectacular coastline, with panoramic views of the Antrim Coast and North Channel.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, 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 & Transport Museum, Holywood

Step back in time and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Explore thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum and step aboard majestic steam locomotives 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

Founded in 558AD the main body of the building dates from 1830's, the tower from 15th century and steeple dates around 1693. Interesting gravestones include 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, holding rare and valuable books, ancient Irish artefacts, and print, gem and coin collections. Visitors and researchers, individuals and groups, are all welcome.

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

ISLAND Arts Centre offers a wide range of cultural events. Enjoy an eclectic mix of live theatre, special events and a range of hands–on arts activities, led by professional artists designed to recharge your batteries in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

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, Belfast

From the stunning gift department, through to the fabulous, all weather plant area, you'll find ideas, inspiration and lots of helpful advice from our friendly garden experts. The cafe serves everything from a quick coffee to a three course meal.

Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh

Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier.

Carrickfergus Museum, Carrickfergus

Local museum interpreting the long and distinguished history of the town and surrounding area, with artefacts 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

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

Drumbo Park Greyhound Stadium, Lisburn

If you’ve never experienced greyhound racing before then it’s time you came up to speed. Drumbo Park offers two 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. Fully accessible. Interactive displays for all ages.

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

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 and highly commended riding school, livery yard, competition, training and exam centre. It 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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