Derry’s newly opened Siege Museum has achieved a four-star rating from Tourism Northern Ireland’s visitor experience grading quality scheme.
The museum was presented with the four-star plaque on Wednesday by Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell.
Minister Bell congratulated all those involved in helping the local museum achieved the prestigious four-star rating.
“The Siege of Derry in 1689 is one of the landmark events in British and Irish history. The creation of this permanent display presents not only the historical context but also promotes a common understanding of the shared history of the Unionist and Nationalist communities of Londonderry and the North West,” said Minister Bell.
Opened to the public for the first time in October, the purpose-built museum on Society Street is laid out over three floors and is a permanent display of the history of the Siege of Derry and the Associated Clubs of the Apprentice Boys of Derry.
“The presentation of the Tourism NI four star rating, gained on the first application, is an outstanding achievement and indicates the attraction is of an ‘excellent’ standard,” added Minister Bell.
“The range of artefacts, video and interactive media, gives visitors an excellent insight into this important event in the history of Londonderry. In addition visitors are also afforded a tremendous opportunity to view one of the finest collections of meeting rooms used by the Loyal Orders. The Siege Museum represents a valuable and interesting addition to the tourism product already available here in the city and I have no doubt it will attract even more visitors to the North West.”
Minister Bell added: “I applaud the Siege Museum for its commitment to excellence and for setting an example for quality, customer service and delivering a visitor experience. The professionalism and planning here at the museum send a strong message to our visitors about the quality available in our tourism product.”