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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.

Below are some suggestions to treat your history-mad dad.

• Why not hop aboard SS Nomadic in Belfast's Titanic Quarter?  Built in 1911 as the first and second class passenger tender to Titanic, the last remaining White Star Line ship has been restored to her original glory and is back home in the historic Hamilton Dock.  Dads will love exploring over 100 years of authentic maritime and social history.  And if he hasn't already been, be sure to bring him to nearby Titanic Belfast, the world's largest Titanic visitor experience.

• Take your dad on a trip to last year's, inaugural UK City of Culture Derry~Londonderry.  The city is rich in heritage and culture and home to the magnificent 17th century City Walls.  Derry is in fact 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, Museum of Free Derry and the beautiful Guildhall

• Does your dad have an interest in Saint Patrick and Christian heritage?  If so, take him for a drive along the Saint Patrick's Trail, a 92-mile route running between Bangor and Armagh City connecting various key sites related to our patron saint and his legacy.

Castle Coole, Co. Fermanagh• If your dad enjoys visiting the stately houses of yesteryear, there are plenty of wonderful options around Northern Ireland.  Ideas include 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. 

• Dad can try on some armour and handle the weapony at an exciting history event – Meet the Men of the Battle of Benburb in County Tyrone, or Knights of Dundrum Castle in County Down (both on 15 June).  Other history events he might enjoy include the Tour of Carrickfergus Walls and Town (14 June) and Hidden Histories of Belfast Walking Tour (15 June)

For more ideas of days out for your history-mad dad, see Culture, History and Heritage in Northern Ireland.

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