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Experts familiarise themselves with borough’s visitor attractions

Mayor Fraser Agnew pictured with representatives from Tourist Information Centres at Sentry Hill as part of the tourism group familiarisation visit organised by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councils. INNT 11-514CON

Mayor Fraser Agnew pictured with representatives from Tourist Information Centres at Sentry Hill as part of the tourism group familiarisation visit organised by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councils. INNT 11-514CON

Newtownabbey Borough Council welcomed a group of tourism industry representatives to several local visitor attractions recently as part of a familiarisation visit.

Representatives from the tourism industry, including staff from Tourist Information Centres, had the opportunity to experience first-hand some of the attractions and activities that the boroughs of Antrim and Newtownabbey have to offer.

Highlights of the tour included visits to Sentry Hill and Ballyrobert Cottage Garden.

Sentry Hill, a 19th century farmhouse near Glengormley, provides a rare insight into life in rural Ulster.

Home to the McKinney family, it houses a remarkable collection of books, diaries, letters and souvenirs from their travels abroad. There is an on-site cafe located in the renovated stables. The group availed of a guided tour of the house and its extraordinary collection of artefacts.

They then visited Ballyrobert Cottage Garden - a beautifully designed and maintained garden and well-stocked nursery that holds a series of workshops and events throughout the year.

As part of the day’s itinerary, the group also visited Antrim Forum and Antrim Castle Gardens at Clotworthy House.

Lisa O’Kane, Tourism & Events Manager at Newtownabbey Borough Council commented: “These visits help ensure the tourism trade is well informed in their role of providing visitors with information in connection with visiting local sights. We are delighted to showcase some of the many features and sights within the Antrim and Newtownabbey area.”

The visit was jointly organised by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councils and funded by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

To find out more visit the council’s website - www.newtownabbey.gov.uk - or email lokane@newtownabbey.gov.uk

 
 
 

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