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Living History

How would you like to learn what it was like to battle in the 16 century? Or how monks tended to their abbeys? Or even how we lived in early times? Come along to one of these living history events at the many sites and monuments.

Places To Visit

Celebrate Easter with a Cistercian Monk at Inch Abbey, Downpatrick

Find out how the Medieval monks celebrated Easter at Inch Abbey.

Celebrate Brian Boru's Anniversary at Armagh Friary, Mowhan, Armagh

Join in the celebrations as Armagh City celebrates Brian Boru. Our early Celtic-Christian monk will walk the grounds of Armagh Friary, ready to convert the heathen and tell his story as a contemporary of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s most famous bishop.

Have-a-Go at Archery at Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus

For something interesting to do on bank holiday Mondays in May, come along to Carrickfergus Castle.

NIEA Moira Depot Open Day, Moira, Craigavon

Open Day at NIEA craft works depot. Meet some of NIEA's specialist conservation craft team which includes stone carvers, conservation joiners and architectural blacksmiths.

1798 Bus Tour, Downpatrick

Down County Museum invite you to explore sites associated with the 1798 rebellion.

Portadown's Secret Bunker, Portadown, Craigavon

15 feet below a field on the outskirts of Portadown lies a relic of the Cold War. This former monitoring bunker was once part of a wider network of similar structures built to study and report the effects of Nuclear explosions and the Radioactive Fallout.

Excavations at Struell Wells, Downpatrick, Downpatrick

This exciting excavation will be open to the public each Friday during June so that everyone will have the opportunity to find out what the archaeologists are discovering.

Tour of Carrickfergus Walls and Town, Carrickfergus

Learn more about Carrickfergus’ varied history during these special tours of Carrickfergus town walls with Ruairi O’Baoill and the WW1 sites within the town with Philip Orr.

Igniting Carrick! Flame, the Gasworks Museum, Carrickfergus

Learn how light was brought to Carrickfergus. Meet some of the characters who ran the Carrickfergus gasworks, including Thomas O'Hara, the first manager in 1855, along with other workers of the time.

Meet the Men of the 'Battle of Benburb', Benburb, Dungannon

Join in the fun of Benburb Sunday! Take the opportunity to visit Benburb Castle and meet our Living History Musketeers and hear about the Battles of Benburb and Yellowford.

Knights of Dundrum Castle, Dundrum, Newcastle

Our Living History Norman Knights will demonstrate their weapons and fighting techniques in the grounds of John de Courcy’s castle.

Hidden Histories of Belfast - Walking Tour, Belfast

Find out more about Belfast on our 'Hidden History' tour of the City Centre with Ruairi O’Baoill.

The Aras Colmcille~St. Columba Heritage Centre, Londonderry/Derry

Opening in June, this restored B2 listed building, dates from 1815. It ran as an infant’s school until its closure in 1899 and still has many original features.

Feast Day at Nendrum Early Christian Monastery, Comber, Newtownards

The feast day of St. Mo-Choí was a great celebration at Nendrum in times gone by. This was a time of festivities at Nendrum Monastery. Come and help us celebrate this important event.

Hands on History at Carrickfergus Museum, Carrickfergus

Carrickfergus Museum is hosting a fun, family day out. As part of our Archaeology Days celebrations we will have Northern Ireland’s first Pop-Up Museum, see archaeological artefacts from our 10,000 year history, as well as replicas and specially designed displays.

Learn the secrets of the herbs at Grey Abbey, Greyabbey, Newtownards

How did the monks know which plants cured which diseases? Visit Grey Abbey’s Physic Garden, talk to the monks, the gardeners and an herbalist.

Meet the Man-at-Arms at Greencastle,

Find out about the great deeds and battles that occurred at this 13th century castle. Meet our Man-at-Arms and see his weaponry, armour and accoutrements, handle a sword and feel the weight of armour and mail.

Sundays at Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus

NIEA welcomes you to Carrickfergus Castle for our series of Living History events.

Saturdays at Dunluce Castle, Bushmills

Visit Dunluce Castle in July and experience life in the medieval times with our Living History events at the Castle.

Medieval Fair at Dunluce Castle, Bushmills

NIEA welcomes the return of the Dunluce Medieval Fair! Come along and experience the bustle of a medieval Fayre.

Medieval Mystery Tour of Down, Downpatrick

On Sunday 20th and 27th July join your guide from Down County Museum on an epic afternoon of adventure discovering the medieval treasures of Downpatrick.

Time to be Tudor at Narrow Water Castle, Newry

Time to be Tudor: Good Queen Bess is on the throne and the castle denizens celebrate with food, music, dancing - and a little bit of fighting too! But not to worry the Barber-Surgeon is on hand to bind up the wounds and offer treatments to all.

Early Life on the Island, Enniskillen

Every Sunday in July travel back in time with our Early Christian monk and learn about his way of life on this important and busy Irish island monastery.

Cistercian Life at Inch Abbey, Downpatrick

Every Sunday in July travel back in time with our Living History Cistercian monk at beautiful Inch Abbey, a Cistercian foundation funded by John de Courcy.

Meet St 'Moninne' at Killevy Churches, Killeavy, Newry

Visit these important churches in the company of our Living History 'Moninne' on her Saint's Day and learn more about her way of life as a nun in a medieval monastery. St Bline's Well is said to have power to heal in the name of Moninne to this day.

Ulster Military Vehicle Club at Grey Point Fort, Helen's Bay,

The annual Ulster military Vehicle Club is storming the Fort this weekend. Come and see a fine collection of military vehicles on display at Grey Point Fort. There are lots of military stalls for the enthusiasts and an opportunity for visitors to ask questions.

A Summer of Archaeology at the Ulster Museum, Belfast

Why not indulge in a ‘Summer of Archaeology’ with the Ulster Museum?
This year’s theme, is the Georgians, with a series of interactive weekend activities for all the family.

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