Four star rating for two local tourist facilities

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Two tourism facilities in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough are jointly celebrating after being awarded a four star rating in a recent quality assessment grading carried out by Tourism Northern Ireland.

Armagh City Youth Hostel has maintained its four star accommodation grading. Located in the centre of the city, nestled close to St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral and Armagh Public Library the hostel provides high quality accommodation for those visiting the area. The hostel has welcomed guests from destinations across the world.

The F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge, has also been awarded a four star rating for the second consecutive year. Opened in 2008, the Gallery celebrates the life and work of Banbridge born sculptor, F.E. McWilliam, who found fame as an artist in London. The Gallery attracts over 40,000 visitors annually and holds four temporary exhibitions per year, which are popular with local art lovers and cross-border day trippers. Facilities include a replica of F.E. McWilliam’s studio, a Sculpture Garden, Quails Café and a Craft shop showcasing the work of local designers and makers.

The Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Garath Keating was delighted with the two recent accolades.

He said, “Visitors to our Borough are seeking quality places to overnight in and visit. We have such a magnificent array of tourism, arts and cultural facilities in our Borough and I am so pleased that Tourism NI has recognised these two wonderful assets through their accreditation scheme”.