Top things to do around Lough Neagh
Surrounded by some of the island of Ireland’s most charming villages, tranquil Lough Neagh is a paradise for nature lovers and foodies alike. This is Lough Neagh, Ireland’s largest lake and a destination that ripples with history, heritage, nature and beauty.
The Seamus Heaney HomePlace
The Seamus Heaney HomePlace celebrates the life and work of one of the world’s greatest poets, Seamus Heaney, who grew up here in the village of Bellaghy. This is more than just a museum – it’s a fascinating collection of artefacts and memorabilia, donated by Heaney’s family as well as members of the public, which gives a very personal insight into the life of the Nobel Laureate.
The best way to enjoy Lough Neagh? Well, it’s got to be from the water! Abháinn Cruises offers lots of boat tours around the lake with very knowledgeable guides, but one of the best has got to be the trip to Coney Island from Toome Canal, a Game of Thrones filming location. Antrim Castle Gardens.
Antrim Castle Gardens
More idyllic natural beauty awaits at the 400-year-old Antrim Castle Gardens. Walk in the footsteps of the Massereene family at this unique 17th-century estate, which is home to the impressively refurbished Clotworthy House, as well as an art gallery, coffee shop and museum.
Newforge House: A royal visit
Set within extensive grounds, Hillsborough Castle is not a castle at all – it’s actually an 18th century country house that is the official residence in Northern Ireland of Queen Elizabeth II.
Armagh Food and Cider festival
A visit to Brownlow House overlooking scenic Lurgan Park will have fans of costume drama sighing with joy before they’ve even arrived. Get a taste of the finer life and unwind at this stunning country manor complete with ornate ceilings, spiral staircases and opulent stained glass windows. Eisenhower helped plan the famous D-Day landings.
Built-in the 1820s and set on a delightful hillside location, the Argory offers inspirational views across County Armagh. It’s a wonderful place to wander around for a few hours, discovering garden, woodland and riverside walks, enjoying afternoon tea in Lady Ady’s tea room, or ambling along the environmental sculpture trail. Afterwards, pop into Deli on the Green in Dungannon and sample the amazing produce Northern Ireland’s flourishing food scene has to offer.
Drum Manor Park
Explore the wilderness of County Tyrone’s rugged beauty at Drum Manor Forest Park. Enjoy a magnificent stroll or cycle around the exquisite gardens, mixed woodlands and old manor ruins along serene walking trails.