Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster Launches Linen Hall Library Plans to Remain One of Top Tourist Destinations

31st January 2014

Today, 30 January, the Linen Hall Library introduced a new series of tours to show the world why it remains one of Northern Ireland's most popular tourist attractions. At the event the Linen Hall also unveiled a new three-star visitor rating plaque awarded by the NITB Quality Grading Scheme for Visitor Attractions.

Linen Hall Library

Arlene Foster, MLA Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, officially launched the tour brochure with details of the new tours, and announced the three-star award.

Support and funding for the new tour brochures has been given by Belfast City Council’s Destination Belfast programme. The scheme aims to drive the competitiveness and growth of Belfast’s tourism sector.

The NITB Quality Grading Scheme for Visitor Attractions, which has awarded the Linen Hall a three-star rating, defined as a ‘very good standard’, focuses on the quality of the visitor experience and assists operators to continually improve and maintain their standards.

  • The new tours will give Library visitors an unprecedented glimpse behind the bookcases to reveal the exceptional cultural literary treasures that are held in Belfast’s oldest library. There will also be genealogy workshops for the increasing numbers of people now researching their family history, as well as guided literary tours by well known writers, and in-depth exposure of our world-renowned Northern Ireland Political Collection.

    Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Chair of Belfast City Council’s Development Committee, said: “As part of our Destination Belfast programme, the Linen Hall Library is one of our 20 ‘Tourism Champions’ – a group of ambassadors we’ve created to help us to to enhance and promote the visitor offering in their different localities. We’ve supported these champions through workshops, mentoring, education and bursaries for product development – helping, in a practical way, to drive the competitiveness of our local hospitality and service sectors.”

  • Julie Andrews, Linen Hall Library Director, says: “Tourism is high on the agenda for Northern Ireland for the foreseeable future, and the Linen Hall Library is looking at ways to increase its already significant tourist footfall. The combination of new tours of our exceptional holdings and our three-star rating will go towards further building our presence on the province’s tourist trail, as well as encouraging more local interaction.”

    For more information about this event, the tour guide brochure and the Linen Hall Library in general, please visit our website at linenhall.com