Congratulations to Heritage Island Award-Winning Attractions

Congratulations to Heritage Island Award-Winning Attractions

By Heritage Island on  February 28, 2017

It's great to see so many of our member attractions being 'accoladed.'

Heritage Island attractions win at Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2017

Heritage Island members were to the fore at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2017, with 20 finalists and four overall category winners.

The Awards give recognition to people, companies and organisations that have made significant contributions to tourim in Ireland. Our category winners at the Awards were:

  • Best Leisure Tourism Innovation (City): King John’s Castle, Limerick City

  • Best Leisure Tourism Innovation (County): Westport House, Co. Mayo

  • Best Food & Beverage Experience: Airfield Estate, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

  • Best Cultural Experience (over 100,000 visitors): GPO Witness History, Dublin City

Heritage Island Members who were shortlisted for the awards, by category, were as follows:

Best Environmental Tourism Innovation: Doolin Cave – Clare and Burren; and Cliffs of Moher Geopark – Clare

Best Food & Beverage Experience: Airfield Estate – Dublin (category winner); New ‘Guinness & Food Experience’ at the Guinness Storehouse – Dublin

Best International Marketing Initiative: Guinness Storehouse

Best Local Authority Innovation: Fingal Tourism Strategy 2015-2018 – Fingal County Council; The Jackie Clarke Collection – 1 man – 100,000 items – 400 years of Irish history – Mayo County Council.

Best Cultural Experience - Large: GPO Witness History Visitor Centre – Dublin (category winner); House of Waterford Crystal – Waterford; Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden – Galway

Best Cultural Experience - Small: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum – Dublin; Lough Gur Heritage Centre – Limerick

Best Leisure Tourism Innovation - City: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum – Dublin; GPO Witness History – Dublin; King John's Castle - Limerick (category winner); Smithwick’s Experience – Kilkenny

Best Leisure Tourism Innovation - County: Fortress Spike Island – Cork; Lough Key Forest & Activity Park – Roscommon; Powerscourt Estate – Wicklow; Westport House – Mayo (category winner).


Ireland’s Most Loved Attractions 2017 (Irish Independent Reader Awards)

The Irish Independent is one of Ireland’s most-read newspapers and their popular online news channel. They recently unveiled their 2017 Reader Travel Awards, their first ever reader-driven travel awards.

Following thousands of entries, they named Ireland’s top ten attractions, five of which were Heritage Island Member Attractions— including the overall winner and runner-up.

Our five member attractions (and rankings) were:

#1 Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare (overall winner)

#2 The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City

#4 Giant’s Causeway, Co. Antrim

#6 Aillwee Cave, Co Clare

#8 Hook Head, Co Wexford


Titanic Belfast crowned ‘World’s Leading Tourist Attraction’

Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, was crowned ‘World’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards in the Maldives in December 2016.

Having already beaten the Colosseum, the Acropolis and the Eiffel Tower to become Europe’s official Leading Tourist Attraction, Titanic Belfast sailed its way to victory to become the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, with over 1 million votes cast from over 216 countries in the red-carpet awards, known as the ‘Tourism Oscars’.

The ‘King of the World’ attraction is now on par with previous winners including the Taj Mahal, Las Vegas Strip and the Pyramids of Egypt.

Titanic Belfast not only tells the story of Titanic but is home to some of the most significant Titanic artefacts, including the last letter ever to be written on board the Titanic by Essex-born Esther Hart and her seven-year-old daughter. 


County Donegal is #1 in National Geographic Traveller Magazine’s ‘Cool List’ for 2017.

It’s a wonderful accolade and the county is being celebrated for, among an array of reasons, its activity options and its “weathernibbled coast, spotted with sea stacks, Blue Flag beaches and offshore islands”.

If you are visiting Donegal, check out the Donegal County Museum and discover Donegal’s fascinating story from the Stone Age to the twentieth century. Admission is free.