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Four-star tourism rating for Armagh's Museum of Orange Heritage

The Museum of Orange Heritage in Co Armagh has been presented with a prestigious four-star visitor experience award.

The Loughgall facility at Sloan’s House received the official acknowledgement from Tourism Northern Ireland.

The independent grading scheme awards tourist facilities and services with a one to five-star rating to indicate the level of quality a visitor can expect when visiting an attraction or activity.

The four-star rating means visitors to the museum - which is recognised as the birthplace of Orangeism - can expect to enjoy an ‘excellent’ overall experience.

Co Armagh Grand Master, Denis Watson, hailed the four-star award as an “outstanding achievement”.

“This recognition from Tourism NI is a wonderful reward not only for the museum, but for all those involved in its everyday operation,” he said.

“I would like to express my gratitude to all the members of the management committee and our volunteers who have helped the Museum of Orange Heritage achieve so much in our first two years of operation."

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Caroline Adams, Tourism NI Quality and Standards Manager, added: “I have no doubt the museum will play an important part in the local tourism economy helping to attract an increasing number of visitors.”

The museum officially opened in June 2015.

The site is part of the REACH Project (Reaching out through Education and Cultural Heritage), which received £3.6 million from the EU’s PEACE III programme.

The Prince of Wales paid a visit to the museum in 2016 when he was shown a pair of gloves worn by King William of Orange in the 17th century.

He also entered the parlour where the first documents were signed to herald the formation of the Orange Order in 1795.

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