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Historical Attractions

Northern Ireland offers many unique attractions and experiences which you can immerse yourself, from historic museums and villages to maritime and military heritage there are lots on offer for all types of interests.

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Places To Visit

Old Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills

Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim, on the beautiful North Coast close to the Giant's Causeway. On your visit you will be shown round a working distillery with all the associated sights and smells.

Nautilus Centre, Mourne Maritime Visitor Centre and Tracing your Roots Exhibtion, Kilkeel, Newry

The Nautilus Centre overlooks Kilkeel's busy and picturesque fishing port and houses the Mourne Maritime Visitor Centre, Kilkeel Visitor Information Centre, Tracing Your Mourne Roots Exhibition and the Mourne Seafood Cookery School.

Flame Gasworks, Carrickfergus

Carrickfergus boasts Ireland's sole surviving coal gasworks and is one of the only 3 left in Great Britain and Ireland. Opened in 1855, it supplied Carrickfergus with gas made from coal for over 100 years.

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Holywood

Step back in time and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Explore thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum and step aboard majestic steam locomotives in the Transport Museum.

Down County Museum, Downpatrick

Down County Museum is located in the old county Gaol of Down. It houses fascinating exhibitions on the history of Down as well as restored cells with life-size figures of prisoners and their gaolers.

Somme Heritage Centre, Newtownards

The Museum examines Ireland's role in the 1st World War with special reference to the cross-community involvement in the 3 local volunteer Divisions: the 10th and 16th (Irish) Divisions and the 36th (Ulster) Division.

The Guildhall, Londonderry/Derry

Fashioned in neo-gothic style, the Guildhall is one of the most striking buildings in the North West and was originally built in 1887. The building now boasts a multifaceted tourism experience providing a central hub for visitors exploring the city

Downpatrick & County Down Railway, Downpatrick

Travel back to the past with real vintage steam trains through St. Patrick's Country, over the River Quoile and under the graceful Down Cathedral to peaceful ruins of Inch Abbey.

Patterson's Spade Mill, Templepatrick, Ballyclare

Listen to the hammers, smell the grit, feel the heat and witness the thrill of the only surviving water-driven spade mill in Ireland.

Siege Museum, Londonderry/Derry

The new Siege Museum and Exhibition is a permanent display of the history of the Siege of Londonderry and of the Associated Clubs of the Apprentice Boys of Derry, including artefacts, video and interactive media.

Northern Ireland War Memorial, Belfast

The purpose of the War Memorial is to be an enduring memorial to those who fell in World War One and World War Two, and to commemorate the association of the US Armed Forces with Northern Ireland in World War Two.

Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh

Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier.

Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen, Banbridge

Visit the last remaining Irish Linen weaver – Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen

A visit to Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen offers visitors a rare opportunity to see Irish Linen at its various stages of production.

Museum of Free Derry, Londonderry/Derry

The Museum of Free Derry focuses on the civil rights campaign which emerged in the 1960s and the Free Derry/early Troubles period of the early 1970s. It has an archive of over 25,000 individual items relating to this period in the city’s history.

Island Turf Crafts Visitor Centre, Coalisland, Dungannon

Island Turf Crafts gifts are hand crafted using 5,000 year old Irish turf from some of Ireland's oldest bog lands. The unique antique brown finish highlights every detail of the delicate ancient Celtic designs.

HMS Caroline, Belfast

HMS Caroline, a World War 1 Light Battle Cruiser, is the last surviving ship from the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Having undergone extensive restoration, the new visitor experience in Belfast's Titanic Quarter.

Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum, Enniskillen

A trip to Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum is like taking a remarkable journey into the past bringing the golden age of steam travel vividly to life. It's the only barber shop and railway museum in the world and a friendly welcome awaits!

Sheans Horse Farm, Armoy, Ballymoney

Whether you’re a total beginner or a confident rider, experience the freedom, fun and buzz of horse riding at Sheans Horse Riding and Heritage Centre. Located close to the village of Armoy, adjacent to the Glens of Antrim on the Antrim Coast.

Antrim Old Courthouse, Antrim

The Old Courthouse is most certainly one of the jewels in Antrim’s crown. Its opening has created a fantastic opportunity to host a range of performing arts events on a year round basis in the new multi-purpose auditorium.

Scullion Hurls Economusee, Ballymena

Scullion Hurls are located in the village of Loughguile. The Scullion family invite you to visit the workshop and experience the traditional Irish Craft of Hurl making. You can also buy the hurls and other gifts in the giftshop.

Sion Stables - Museum and Restaurant 1861, Sion Mills, Strabane

Sion Stables is a visitor attraction located in the historic linen village of Sion Mills on the A5, midway between the Walled City of Derry and the Ulster American Folk Park.

Brownlow HQ, Craigavon

Brownlow House is Located in the centre of Lurgan adjacent to Lurgan Public Park, a grade A listed building now open for viewing.

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