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Family on Derry's Walls

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 particular interests this Father's Day weekend.

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

• Why not hop aboard the newly opened SS Nomadic?  Built in 1911 as the first and second class passenger tender to the Titanic, the last remaining White Star Line ship has been restored to her original glory and is back home in Belfast’s 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 your dad to nearby Titanic Belfast, the world's largest Titanic visitor experience.

• Take your dad on a trip to the 2013 UK City of Culture, Derry~Londonderry.  The city is rich in heritage and culture and is 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 (reopening on 10 June). 

• 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.

• 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 on the banks of the River Blackwater in County Armagh and Castle Coole in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. 

• You could take your dad along to a special tour taking place at historic sites throughout Northern Ireland.  These include the Open Day at Martello Tower at Magilligan Point, County Londonderry (8 - 9 June), a fascinating Hidden Histories Walking Tour of Belfast City centre (9 June) and the NI Environment Agency's Archaeological Walking Tours of Derry's Walls (15 June).

• Why not take dad and the whole family along to a living history event and get up close and personal with a host of colourful characters?  Find out what happens when the Celts meet the Georgians at the Navan Centre and Fort in Armagh (15 - 16 June), or meet the monks and find out about their daily routine at Nendrum Monastic Site near Comber, County Down (22 June). 

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

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