One of Belfast’s biggest tourist attractions, HMS Caroline, has been awarded a five-star visitor attraction rating.
This signifies that the attraction is operating to an ‘outstanding’ level.
The recently restored last floating survivor of the 1916 Battle of Jutland was awarded under the Tourism Northern Ireland Visitor Attraction Experience Quality Grading scheme – which is designed to provide visitors with quality grading information on Northern Ireland’s tourist attractions.
To achieve a star-rating, attractions are subject to unannounced Tourism Northern Ireland Quality Advisor checks from a mystery visitor and are assessed in up to six categories.
HMS Caroline is now the second visitor attraction to receive a five-star rating in the Titanic Quarter, further enhancing the rich maritime history offering for visitors to Belfast.
As the focus of the centenary commemorations of the Battle of Jutland, HMS Caroline opened its doors on 1 June 2016 and has since welcomed over 10,000 visitors.
The restoration of the vessel, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by the Department for the Economy, was led by National Museum of the Royal Navy Chief of Staff Captain John Rees OBE who accepted the five-star rating certificate at a ceremony on board the ship this week.
“It is a great honour for HMS Caroline to receive the Tourism Northern Ireland five-star quality grading.
“HMS Caroline is a world class heritage asset and restoration work has brought the ship back to life as a museum commemorating the 10,000 Irishmen who participated in naval activities during World War 1,” said Captain Rees.
“The HMS Caroline visitor experience is particularly enhanced by a marvellous team of on board staff and guides.”