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.
• Why not 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. Dads can explore over 100 years of maritime and social history. And if he hasn't already been, bring him to nearby Titanic Belfast, the world's largest Titanic visitor experience. Don't miss 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.
• Treat 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. The city is 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!
• Visit 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.
• If your dad enjoys visiting the stately houses of yesteryear, there are plenty of wonderful options around Northern Ireland. Ideas include the recently reopened and 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.
See below for some history-themed events your dad might enjoy or for more ideas of days out for your history-mad dad, see Culture, History and Heritage in Northern Ireland.