Exploring Omagh: A Guide to the Town’s Highlights


Nestled in the heart of Tyrone, Omagh is a heart-warming town brimming with history, culture, and activities perfect for a summer getaway. Whether you’re a local looking to explore more of what your town has to offer or a visitor seeking a warm welcome, Omagh has something for everyone. Here’s your guide to the best highlights in Omagh.

  1. Strule Arts Centre

For a taste of culture, visit the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh’s hub for arts and entertainment. This modern facility hosts a diverse range of performances, including theatre, music, dance, and visual arts exhibitions. Enjoy a delicious coffee on-site at the famous Strule Café which overlooks the picturesque river Strule

Family Entertainment: Throughout the summer, the centre offers family-friendly shows and workshops. Check their schedule for children’s theatre productions, art classes, and performances that will captivate both young and old.


  1. Omagh Leisure Complex

Cool off from the summer heat at the Omagh Leisure Complex, which features a range of facilities to keep the whole family entertained. The complex includes swimming pools, state-of-the-art fitness suite, sports halls, and outdoor pitches.

Splash Time: The 14-metre learner pool is perfect for children, with its fun water features, slides, and splash areas. For the more adventurous, there are also swimming lessons and diving boards. After a swim why not relax in the café and taste the delectables as you take the weight off your feet.


  1. The Bar Scene in Omagh

From open mic nights to traditional Irish music in a homely thatched Irish pub. Omagh has one of the most exciting bar scenes in Northern Ireland. Live music is a staple every weekend with local and high-profile acts to suit all tastes in every pub. So, take your pick – Bogans, Sallys of Omagh, The Aviary, Broderick’s Bar, Main Street Omagh, Silverbirch Hotel… the choice is yours!


  1. Omagh Riverside Walk

For a leisurely stroll, the Omagh Riverside Walk offers a peaceful escape along the banks of the River Strule. This picturesque walk offers new views of some of Omagh’s most historic landmarks. From the Abbey Bridge, completed in 1900 to St Patrick’s Park the path is well-maintained and ideal for those summer strolls.

Scenic Strolls: The walk is suitable for prams and young children, with plenty of spots to sit and enjoy the view. Ideal for keen cyclists also which ultimately finishes off at Hunter’s Crescent.


  1. Events & Festivals

Omagh comes alive in the summer with a variety of festivals and events that cater to all ages. From music and arts to food and sports, there’s always something happening to make your visit extra special.

Don’t Miss: The Omagh Show, held annually in July, is a highlight with agricultural displays, live entertainment, food stalls, and funfair rides. The annual Ulster Fleadh takes place in Dromore with a line up of fantastic Irish traditional culture.


  1. Omagh Library

On a rainy day or for a quieter activity, head to Omagh Library. The library offers a welcoming space with a wide range of books, activities, and events for children such as Lego club, Mindful Colouring and Cryptic Corner.

Reading and Activities: It’s a perfect spot to encourage a love of reading and learning in a relaxed environment.


  1. Omagh Craft Collective

Situated in Omagh town centre lies a truly wonderful little gem. The Omagh Craft Collective is a vibrant hub for local artisans, makers, and all things handmade. We celebrate the unique talent and skill found right here in Omagh, providing a platform for artists to showcase their work and connect with the community.

More Than Just a Shop: The collective is more than just a place to buy beautiful, handcrafted goods. It’s a space that fosters creativity, collaboration, and a sense of community.

  1. The Grange Playpark

Fun and laughter for everyone at this state-of-the-art, inclusive ‘destination play park’ in Omagh town. Spend the day as your little one explores the ‘bridges and spires’, reflecting the landscape and heritage of Omagh.

Not just a park: The sensory garden situated against the backdrop of mature trees, a wildflower meadow and a tree trail gives that perfect blend of history and environment for all to enjoy.


9. Omagh Music Heritage Trail

Omagh’s vibrant history extends beyond its charming streets and scenic landscapes. Music lovers, take note! The Omagh Music Heritage Trail is a self-guided walking tour that immerses you in the town’s rich Showband era.

Step back in time: Rewind to a time of dazzling performances and infectious rhythms. The trail highlights iconic locations that were once at the heart of Omagh’s music scene. Even if the physical spaces have changed, the trail keeps the memories alive. Stop off for some lunch at Main Street Omagh once known as The Royal Arms Hotel, a popular venue for Showband performances.


  1. Inter Church Walk

Omagh boasts a rich tapestry of cultures and denominations, reflected in its beautiful historic churches. Here’s a glimpse of four notable houses of worship:

  • St Columba’s Church of Ireland: Standing tall on Church Street, this Anglican church features stunning stained-glass windows and is known for its distinctive three-spired facade.
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church: This impressive building on James Street welcomes visitors with its warm atmosphere and commitment to community.
  • Omagh Methodist Church: A welcoming space on Market Street, the Omagh Methodist Church is known for its friendly congregation and active role in the local community.
  • Sacred Heart Church: Located in its glory on Church Street, this architecturally beautiful building is a haven for worship and connection.

These are just a few of the many churches that contribute to Omagh’s spiritual landscape. Each offers a unique architectural style, rich history, and a warm welcome to all. So, embark on a self-guided tour and discover the spiritual heart of Omagh.

Omagh is a town that truly shines in the summer, offering a perfect blend of history, nature, culture, and fun. So pack your bags, bring your loved ones, and get ready to discover the best of Omagh this summer!

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