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Ancestry Tours & Itineraries

Northern Ireland has a fascinating history spanning from early Christian times, so why not take an ancestral journey to discover your family heritage.

Visit some of Northern Ireland's ancient monastic sites or take a heritage tour. Tours are a great way to learn about your family's history. Take a guided tour at the newly refurbished Guildhall which was first built in 1887, or immerse yourself in the story of Irish immigration on a self-guided tour at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh.

There are many local organisations and tour guides who can assist with your search of your family tree. Click here for a list of these organisations and resources.

 

Places To Visit

Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum Library, Lisburn

The Irish Linen Centre showcases one of Ireland's best known industries. Take an audio visual tour and see the weaving centre and hand looms. It also showcases events and exhibitions which recreate and honour Lisburn's rich, local history.

Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus

For more than 800 years, Carrickfergus Castle has been an imposing monument on the Northern Ireland landscape whether approached by land, sea or air. The castle now houses historical displays as well as cannons from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

Armagh County Museum, Armagh

The oldest county museum in Ireland is set in Armagh’s beautiful Georgian tree lined Mall. Its collections capture centuries of stories relating to the people who lived, worked and had connections with this famous city and historic county.

The Argory, Dungannon

The Argory was built in the 1820s and its hilltop location offers wonderful views over the gardens and 320 acre wooded riverside estate.

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.

North Down Museum, Bangor

Visit North Down Museum to explore the fascinating saga of the North Down area from the Bronze Age to the present day. The Museum takes you on a journey through Early Christian heritage and the Vikings to Scottish Settlers and the Victorians.

Tower Museum, Londonderry/Derry

The Tower Museum houses two permanent exhibitions The Story of Derry and An Armada Shipwreck - La Trinidad Valencera as well as other temporary exhibitions. The top of the Museum provides an open air viewing facility in the heart of the city centre.

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).

Springhill House, Moneymore, Magherafelt

Step back to 1912 as you experience the Lenox-Conyngham home on the morning they left to board Titanic. See the exhibition, featuring pieces from the Titanic era, including 11-year-old Eileen Lenox-Conyngham’s letter, written on Titanic headed paper.

Grant Ancestral Homestead, Dungannon

John Simpson was born here in 1738. He was the great-grandfather of Ulysses Simpson Grant, the 18th US President, 1869-1877. Civil war exhibition and video. Agricultural instruments. Butterfly garden. Wildlife pond. Wheelchair access limited.

Derry Genealogy Centre, Londonderry/Derry

Derry Genealogy Centre offers a 'one-stop' shop and point of contact for anyone tracing roots in North West Ireland. The service is operated by the Heritage and Museum Service of Derry City Council.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Belfast

PRONI holds an extensive range of private archives and is the main venue for researching family and local history or for discovering the economic, social and political history of Northern Ireland.

Armagh Public Library, Armagh

Established in 1771, Armagh Public Library is one of the oldest libraries in Ireland, holding rare and valuable books, ancient Irish artefacts, and print, gem and coin collections. Visitors and researchers, individuals and groups, are all welcome.

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

First Derry Presbyterian Church and The Blue Coat School Visitor Centre, Londonderry/Derry

Explore the Blue Coat School Visitor Centre and discover the compelling, and often surprising story of First Derry Presbyterian Church that has been at the heart of its community since the 17th century.

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.

The Navan Centre, Armagh

The Navan Centre interprets one of Ireland’s most important ancient monuments, Navan Fort, the ancient capital and seat of the Kings of Ulster.

Bagenal's Castle and Newry and Mourne Museum, Newry

Bagenal’s Castle located in historic Newry is a 16th century fortified house and adjoining 19th Century warehouse, and has been sympathetically restored to house Newry & Mourne Museum and Newry Visitor Information Centre.

Dunluce Castle,

Magnificent cliff top castle

No 5 Vicars' Hill, Armagh

Built in 1772 as the Diocesan Registry to hold records for the Church of Ireland Diocese, this Grade A listed building has been restored and was formally opened to the public in March 2011. Fully accessible. Interactive displays for all ages.

Titanic Belfast, Belfast

'Highly Commended' Best Visitor Experience & Marketing and Sales Excellence NITA Awards 2013. Titanic Belfast is a 'must see' visit in any tour of Belfast, and is now Northern Ireland's top visitor attraction.

Lissan House, Cookstown

Lissan House is an enchanting country residence set within a 260 acre demesne of ancient woodland and forestry. The estate was created in the 17th century and remained the home of the Staples family for nearly 400 years.

Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre, Dungannon

Discover the history of the O’Neills, the Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster at the permanent, interactive exhibition in Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre. Take a stroll on the Hill of the O’Neill and take in the excellent views.

Did You Know?

Ancestry Links

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
(www.proni.gov.uk)

www.ni-libraries.net
www.ulsterscotsagency.com 
www.ancestryireland.com
www.nationalarchives.ie
www.askaboutireland.ie
www.historyfromheadstones.com
www.discovereverafter.com
www.rjhuntercollection.com
www.placenamesni.org