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History Mad Dad

Does Dad relish history and heritage?  If so, there are plenty of great attractions and tours across Northern Ireland for him to indulge his interests this Father's Day weekend.

TBFor a true maritime experience bring dad to the iconic Titanic Belfast, the world's largest Titanic visitor experience and hop aboard SS Nomadic in Belfast's Titanic Quarter.  Built in 1911 as the first and second class passenger tender to Titanic, it's the last remaining White Star Line ship, restored to her original glory and back home in historic Hamilton Dock. 

Stop off at the newly restored HMS Caroline, a World War 1 Light Battle Cruiser, it's the last surviving ship from the Battle of Jutland in 1916 providing a visitor experience to discover a range of historic spaces. 

wee tramFinish your maritime journey at The Wee Tram – a unique and informative way of travelling around the area's main sights, recreating the electrically-powered trams which served the Shipyard workers when Titanic was built. 

16291_Crumlin_Road_GaolTreat Dad to a guided tour of Belfast's Crumlin Road Gaol where he can sit in the Governor's chair, visit the underground tunnel connecting the gaol to the courthouse across the road, and see the condemned man's cell and execution cell.  Take your dad on a trip to the Walled City of Derry~Londonderry.  A city rich in heritage and culture and home to the magnificent 17th century City Walls.  In fact it's the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples in Europe. 

Learn about the city's past and present on a walking or taxi tour, and visit fascinating attractions such as the Tower Museum, Saint Columb's Cathedral, Saint Columba Heritage Centre, Museum of Free Derry and the beautiful Guildhall

Watch Dad turn green with envy when he spies the iconic Delorean and other rare, locally built cars at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra, County Down.  There are also steam locomotives, electric trams, scooters, motorcycles, buses, vans, lorries and fire engines and even aircraft.

Headhunters, EnniskillenVisit Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh where Dad can enjoy an educational haircut as he learns all about local railway history. If your dad loves all things vintage, bring him along to The Abingdon Collection near Omagh, County Tyrone (visits by appointment only).  This private collection contains various classic cars and motorcyles, other automobilia as well as a wealth of items relating to the Second World War. 

The Ulster American Folk Park, a fascinating open-air museum telling the story of Irish emigration to the New World, is nearby and also has a transport-related collection. 

Castle Coole, Co. FermanaghIf your dad enjoys visiting the stately houses of yesteryear, there are plenty of wonderful options around Northern Ireland.  Ideas include the refurbished Mount Stewart House & Gardens in Newtownards, County Down, Lissan House near Cookstown, County Tyrone, The Argory in County Armagh and Castle Coole in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. 

Your dad might also like Castles, Monuments & Monasteries
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Places To Visit

Paranormal Tours, Belfast

Crumlin Road Gaol has been interconnected with Paranormal Activity since it closed its doors in 1996. Some prison officers and prisoners would suggest this relationship has been longer.

On the Brink 1914-1916 Exhibition, Coleraine

Exhibition exploring the impact of and local connections to the events of 1916 Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme across the Causeway and Mid Antrim area.

Armed Forces Day, Antrim

Antrim town will host this year's annual Armed Forces Day in Northern Ireland; a day of celebration of the Armed Forces but also a great fun day out for the whole family.

The Annual Armed Forces Day is set for Antrim on Saturday 18 June....

Famous Cities of Ireland, Coleraine

Coleraine Museum at Coleraine Town Hall: Famous Cities of Ireland Exhibition 5 May - 6 July.

Famous Cities of Ireland, written by Stephen Gwynn and illustrated by Hugh Thomson was published in 1915.

Faces of Hillsborough, Hillsborough

Faces of Hillsborough is a specially curated photography exhibition displaying images of some of the many people who have played a part in Hillsborough Castle's history, including the family who built the castle, staff who have worked there, and ...

Guided Walking Tours of Armagh City, Armagh

You’ll walk through Armagh’s rich history as you hear stories and anecdotes about the area, learn about the City’s renowned Georgian architecture and stroll along the distinct cobbled streets as you unearth some of the City’s hidden gems.

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