Tourism NI’s five star approval for Montalto Estate

Montalto Estate located just outside Ballynahinch in County Down has recently received a five star visitor attraction grading from Tourism NI.

Montalto Estate opened its doors to the public for the first time in September 2018 and received its 100,000th visitor by August 2019. The property offers tourists and locals a wonderful visitor experience including a café, trails, gardens and an exciting natural play area for children as well as a newly developed history trail where visitors can learn about the estate’s rich history including the location of the Battle of Ballynahinch.

Caroline Adams, Quality & Standards Manager at Tourism NI, commented;

“Montalto Estate is a significant addition to the tourism product in Northern Ireland. September 2018 marked the first time that the estate was opened to the public and it has gone from strength to strength ever since. Our Quality & Standards team informed Montalto Estate on what is required from a five-star visitor attraction, and they fully embraced the challenge.

“I commend the team at Montalto for their hard work and for offering visitors an exceptional experience. Congratulations on a very well deserved five star grading.”

Keith Reilly, Operations Director at Montalto Estate commented on the five star grading;

“Luxury, quality, attention to detail and customer care are paramount at Montalto and so we are thrilled to be awarded this five-star grading from Tourism NI as recognition for our sustained commitment. Our team always work exceptionally hard to create a stand-out visitor experience that showcases an element of Northern Ireland which is memorable to all who come here. We are humbled not only by the amount of people that have signed up to be a member of the estate, but also the number of new visitors that come each week.”

He continues, “To maintain our appeal, we will be continuing to develop our offering with further plans for trails, gardens, events and play to name a few. It makes me immensely proud to be part of a team that made this all happen, and I can’t thank our staff enough.”

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