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NIEA Historic Settlements & Monuments

Explore a range of historic sites and monuments across Northern Ireland – all with rich early history and heritage and connections to the past preserved to this day for your enjoyment. 

Our rich history has left us with many impressive tombs, ancient burial sites, towers and forts dotted all over the countryside. Travel back in time 9,000 years and trace our culture and history back to the first people who settled here.

 

 

Places To Visit

Giant's Ring, Belfast

Refreshingly little is known about this prehistoric enclosure, over 600 ft in diameter, with an earthen bank 20 foot wide and 12 foot high and a dolmen in the centre.

Ballycopeland Windmill, Millisle, Newtownards

Take a Vitual Tour
Late 18th-century tower mill in use until 1915 and still in working order.

Bellaghy Bawn, Bellaghy, Magherafelt

Built around 1619 by Sir Baptist Jones, Bellaghy Bawn is a fortified house and bawn (the defensive wall surrounding an Irish tower house).

Mountsandel Fort, Coleraine

Mountsandel Wood is the earliest known settlement of man in Ireland dating to between 7600 and 7900BC.
Flint tools were found here, indicating that Stone Age hunters camped here to fish salmon in the natural weir.

Beaghmore Stone Circles, Cookstown

Mysterious complex of 7 Bronze Age stone circles and alignments. It's where megalithic tombs and the mysterious Beaghmore stone circles stand as silent witnesses to the settlements that thrived here 6,000 years ago.

Tullaghoge Fort, Cookstown

Tullaghoge Fort was a royal power centre which came to historical prominence in the 11th Century when it was a dynastic centre for Cerel nEogain (later the O’Neills).

Grey Point Fort, Helen's Bay,

Grey Point Fort is a key part of Belfast's maritime heritage. At no cost, visitors can get a unique feel for living history, marvel at the huge guns and savour the excellent military and radio collection in the museum. Expert guides add great value.

Ardboe Old Cross, Cookstown

A 10th Century Cross situated on a rocky height on the shores of Lough Neagh. It is a national monument which is believed to be the first High Cross of Ulster. The cross stands 18.5 feet high and 3.5 feet wide, Its 22 panels depict various ...

Historic Walls of Derry, Londonderry/Derry

Londonderry/Derry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and is one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. A walk around the walls reveals a city crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene.

Navan Fort, Armagh

To the west of Armagh City lies Navan Fort, the ancient “Emain Macha” of Irish history and legend and one of the earliest provincial capital of Ulster. It is a large earthwork on top of a drumlin and is thought to be the site of a pagan sanctuary.

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