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10 Things To See & Do in Omagh & the Sperrins

10 Things To See & Do in Omagh & the Sperrins

Explore and enjoy lots of things to do in the beautiful Omagh & the Sperrins this Summer. Tick these 10 exciting activities off your summer bucket list!

The sun has been peeping through the clouds and the temperature has been rising which can only mean one thing… we are in the midst of Summer! We are aware that most of the population is suffering from itchy feet and are ready to get out and explore the beautiful and adventure-packed surroundings that are available right here in Northern Ireland. There is so much to discover and do within the area that you will want to start your adventures now to make sure you can pack it all in by the end of Summer!

Let us help you start planning for your summer bucket list with these suggested top 10 things to do in Omagh & the Sperrins this Summer.

 

  1. Ulster American Folk Park

Embark on a journey back in time from the Old World of Ulster to the New World of the American frontier.

Wander the well-trodden pathways of rural Ulster, complete with a bustling street and welcoming farmhouses. Board a full-scale emigrant ship and experience the cramped quarters where hundreds of people lived during their twelve-week Atlantic crossing. Emerge in the New World and marvel at the ingenious solutions these resourceful newcomers created on the frontier. Experience demonstrations of traditional crafts daily by our costumed guides, from forge work and wool spinning to turf cutting and willow weaving.

  1. The Abingdon Collection

If you have lived through the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, or are simply a huge fan of big boy’s toys, then you won’t want to drive through the Omagh and Sperrins region without paying a visit to this spectacular exhibition. The Abingdon Collection represents over 55 years of passionate collecting and is divided into two distinct areas of interest. The first is comprised of Classic Cars; Motorcycles, over 500 Die Cast Model Cars, a selection of Photographs, eEnamel Signs, Jukeboxes and Automobilia. The second part concentrates on World War Two and represents over 3,000 items on permanent display to the public. The Abingdon Collection is open by appointment only, but free of charge to both individuals and small groups.

  1. An Creagán

An Creagán is a place that connects people to each other and to the natural world, offering a year-round programme of events, workshops and activities to suit all ages. Families can enjoy natural outdoor play in the Wild Woods and Play Garden, while the bog and forest walks offer breath-taking vistas across the Sperrin Mountains. After the Great Outdoors try the Great Indoor experience in our Licensed Restaurant, Coffee Shop and Craft Shop, serving locally produced food, drink and crafts. Catering for functions, weddings and conferences, with self-catering cottages available on site. Free parking and open access, all year round.

  1. Gortin Glen Forest Park

Gortin Glen Forest Park, located 6 miles from Omagh, is a wonderfully family friendly outdoor facility with a destination play park, trim trail, additional parking, Mountain Bike Trails, walking trails, horse trails, on site delectable café and toilet facilities.  Visitors can also enjoy the truly wonderful biodiversity of the local area. A fantastic destination for a family day out or for those looking for some thrills shred some speed on the vast mountain bike trails.

Meandering trails takes visitors through a leafy undergrowth with the option for those with tired legs of take a guided e-Bike tour of the Forest resulting is breath-taking views of the Sperrin Mountains.

 

  1. Glen Park Estate

Glenpark Estate is located at the foot of the Gortin Glens Forest Park just outside Omagh, Co. Tyrone. The site of the former Ulster History Park now offers luxury hotel rooms, a caravan park & campsite, a woodland lodge, a delicious licensed restaurant & bar, children’s soft play, a farm shop, access to the beautiful grounds, an open farm featuring rare breed animals and is also a venue for weddings and events. It has something for everyone!

  1. Stories in the Stones at Peader Joe’s

Stories in the Stones is a unique, intimate and highly entertaining story telling seisiun where Brendan will share with you a little insight into Peader Joe and his life living in Sperrins.  A special feature of this experience is your opportunity to enter into the cottage and see how Peader Joe might have lived.  This modest stone cottage dating back to the 18th century is a wonderful example of how life was lived in days gone by.

Brendan will regale you with stories of the Sperrins and its abundantly wonderful archaeological features from giant graves, to Beaghmore Stone Circles, tombs, ringforts and more.  You will be highly entertained by Brendan’s collection of myths and legends, with a few tall ones (questionably true) thrown in for good measure. Sample some of the homemade breads and cake made by the talent chefs at The White Hare Restaurant over a cup of tea. When the stories and kettle run dry, you will have the opportunity to walk around the farm exploring this unique setting. Stories in the Stones will shine a new light on some of the Sperrins most celebrated ancient archaeological features and enthuse you to explore this ancient landscape and its abundance of ancient monuments.

 

  1. Mysterious Tyrone with Foyle Trails

On this experiential tour you will discover the quirky stories behind sacrificial Bog Body habitats and the ritual significance of Giant`s Graves and Stone Circles from expert local guide Martin Bradley.  Explore pagan sites that are rich in local folk lore where even the history of how, these ancient sites, have survived for over two thousand years make fascinating tales on their own.  Martin will also bring you to Pagan Wells and Fairy Trees where you will also discover the myths and stories that are woven into the history of these sacred sites.

On this tour visitors will enjoy unique story telling experiences where ecology, archaeology and folklore merge to provide a series of fascinating insights that help explain the origins of many of Ireland`s cultural traditions.

 

  1. Dún Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre

To develop a deeper awareness of Ireland’s ancient cultural heritage, then look no further than the Dún Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre, situated right at the heart of Ulster. Visitors are invited to enjoy colourful evenings filled with traditional music, song, dance and storytelling, all of which celebrate native Irish culture and arts. The Centre supports local performers by providing them a platform to showcase their talents, while educating visitors on true, authentic Irish culture.

  1. Strule Arts Centre

Strule Arts Centre is an award-winning contemporary arts venue that is home to theatre performances, comedy, music, dance, workshops, visual arts and museum exhibitions and Café. With state-of-the-art facilities and stunning views, it’s the perfect place to call in for a coffee, a walk around the Gallery and Roof Top Museum or for a great night out.

  1. Sperrin Sculpture at Mullaghcarn

The Sperrin Sculpture Trail will consist of three innovative, unique yet linked artworks commissioned by an internationally renowned artist which will be installed at key locations within the Sperrins region. Visitors will use the stunning walking trails and dramatic driving and cycle routes to travel between the sculptures enabling them to immerse themselves in the cultural heritage of the Sperrins.

Although the sculptures will be considered tourist attractions individually, they are linked by one story so that when tourists visit one sculpture, they will be enticed to travel to the other sculptures to appreciate the complete story told by the sculptures. This will provide a structured trail which allows visitors to appreciate the stunning location of the Sperrins resulting in tourists extending their stay in the Sperrins region.

The locations are: Sperrin Heritage Centre in Cranagh, Mullaghcarn Mountain which is located on the edge of Gortin Glen Forest Park and Davagh Forest.

Shop Local

Shop local

As we recover from the impact of Covid 19 on our communities, the importance of shopping and spending locally this year is higher than ever. Investing back into Omagh and the Sperrins Region will be wee buns once you’ve read this list of must-see places where you can shop this festive season. The prices are competitive and it’s the perfect time of year to pick up some yoke for a bargain.

Omagh Winter Wonderland 

This exciting and unique event will run from Friday 3rd December 2021 until Sunday 2nd January 2022. In addition to craft stalls and food vendors, there will be a beverage tent, a performance stage for music and drama, a 36 metre LED Ferris Wheel, family fun fair rides and a Christmas trail. . Opening times are expected to run from Monday to Thursday 5-9pm, Friday 5-11pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am-11pm. Santa’s grotto will be open until 9pm each day up until the 23rd December.

Keep your eyes peeled for further news regarding festive events happening at the Ulster American Folk Park and Glen Park Estate too! Be sure to keep up to date with current Covid Restrictions and remember to stay safe this festive season while out exploring Omagh and the Sperrins Region.

omagh winter wonderland christmas

Jack McGinn & Co

Located on the Dublin road in Omagh, Jack McGinn & Co sell everything from furniture, carpets & vinyl flooring and upholstery. Offering excellent service and a great range of products it’s the local go to place if you’re looking to treat yourself this festive season and finally give your home the makeover you’ve dreamed of.

Jack McGinns furniture shop omagh

Omagh Craft Collective

This non profit social enterprise promotes local crafts people from the Omagh and surrounding areas by running a permanent Gift Shop in Omagh Town Centre.

Offering a Christmas club allowing you to put gifts aside, don’t delay in treating someone special to a unique hand made gift this festive season.

Russells of Omagh

Russells of Omagh are a family run, independent retailer specialising in high quality footwear and a range of ladies and children’s clothing at affordable prices, catering for the whole family. Established in 1906, Russells are the longest established shop in Omagh, County Tyrone.

With an unrivalled selection of over 3000 styles of footwear including popular brands Converse, Rieker, Vans, Dr Martens, Pod, Ecco, Quiksilver, Skechers and many more, all foot shapes are catered for from wide or problem feet to footwear tailored for diabetics, through to hiking and running shoes.

Russells Omagh Shoe Shop

Slevins Chemist

Going above and beyond for all their customers, Slevin’s Chemist are there to help you feel better and look great with a range of products and brands such as Lancome, Sanctuary and an extensive range of fragrances including Gucci, Hugo Boss and a host of others. With plenty of special offers on their products you need to check out Slevin’s Chemist this festive season, and take advantage of these great prices today.

Slevins Omagh Chemist

Dunmoyle Forest Spa

At Dunmoyle Forest Spa every treatment is specifically designed to offer a unique experience at their beautiful location in Co. Tyrone. Definitely worth a visit for the ultimate relaxation and an exceptional experience. A beautiful private forest location and superior products ensure that you receive a remarkable treatment with a difference. Why not book your ‘Alternative Party’ this Christmas and savour your luxurious surroundings.

Dunmoyle Forest Spa Omagh

Fit 4 Life Omagh

Fit 4 Life Omagh is much more than just a gym, with a wide range of classes taught by qualified fitness professionals in a dedicated studio filled with the latest fitness equipment to get you fighting fit and in great shape. Also offering 1-2-1 personal training sessions or a 6 week ‘strong camp’ there are plenty of options for you regardless of your health, fitness or lifestyle.

Fit4life gym omagh

Natur & Co Social

Natur & Co Sports and Social Wellness club features a luxurious Fitness Studio, Recovery Suite, Infrared Sauna Studio and Cold Water Therapy room. With a rooftop bar serving fantastic food and drink options for after your activities it’s the perfect place to destress and unwind. Treat yourself and a loved one this Christmas to a great day out at this club.

Natur Co Social Omagh infared sauna gym coffee shop

Stay Local

Stay Local

If you’re looking to enjoy the local scenery and spend money with local businesses within our own town in Omagh and the Sperrins this Christmas, then this is the list for you. Whether you’re looking for a staycation or a good day out, don’t waste any time faffin’ about this Christmas and check out this list of local businesses to visit or stay with this festive season.

Dead On Places To Stay

An Creagan

Escape to the country to this gorgeous hidden gem. Whether you want to get active and explore the outdoors, or get away from it all to the quiet and tranquility, this is the perfect place for you. Take a hike through the forest, chill by the fire or have something delicious made from quality local produce in The White Hare Restaurant.
With plenty to do for all the family, including wild woods where children can roam free and experience nature first hand, you don’t want to miss out on this fantastic experience.

an creagan accommodation tyrone

The Hideaway Retreat

The Hideaway Retreat offers a break like no other for individuals and couples. Unique and luxurious inside and out, enjoy a scenic stroll at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains or unwind in a hot tub for the ultimate relaxation with beautiful views out of every window.
With a hot tub, sauna and outdoor lounge area in the fresh country air this is the perfect cosy getaway serving delicious local foods to treat yourself no matter what you fancy.

hideaway retreat accommodation omagh tyrone

Glen Park Estate

With an option of 7 luxurious rooms or the fully serviced caravan park & campsite, Glenpark Estate makes for a fantastic staycation. Located in a breathtaking area neighbouring Gortin Glens Forest Park just outside Omagh, it’s the perfect spot for hikers, mountain bikers and walkers.
An onsite luxurious licensed restaurant & bar serves a range of delicious local foods, and the location includes a children’s soft play, a farm shop and an open farm with rare breed animals which is fun for all the family!

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The Abingdon Collection

With over 50 years of passionate collecting, including militaria, motoring and collectable exhibitions, you don’t want to miss out on a trip to the Abingdon collection this year.

Full of history and interesting artifacts to enjoy and learn about this attraction is fun for the whole family. Travel back in time through 1940-1970 and explore a day out with a difference at this hidden gem located just 4 miles from the centre of Omagh.

abinngdon collection museum omagh tyrone

Strule Arts Centre

This award-winning contemporary arts venue and conference centre offers a range of activities such as theatre performances, comedy, music, dance, workshops, exhibitions and so much more.

Explore exhibitions such as Railways to the west, Chain of love, a Rooftop museum or visit the cafe for a delicious bite to eat. With outstanding views located in the heart of Omagh it’s definitely worth a visit.

strule arts omagh

 

Omagh Leisure Complex

Omagh’s Leisure Complex is the perfect solution to Northern Ireland’s unpredictable weather. With an array of leisure and fitness facilities that includes a 25m Swimming Pool, 14m Learner Pool, Toddler’s Pool, Family Friendly Village Changing rooms, Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steam Room – there is something to suit every member of the family. Don’t let a rainy day in Northern Ireland dishearten the kids and treat them to a fun filled day at Omagh Leisure Complex.

swimming pool omagh leisure centre

The Best Places For A Wee Dander

Gortin Glen Forest Park

Located just 6 short miles from Omagh, this gem at the western gateway at the Sperrin Mountains is one for the books. With 5 trails of different lengths there’s an option for anyone, if you’re looking for a short dander or a day full of exploring nature, Gortin Glen is the place for you.

With an onsite destination playpark, trim trail, BBQ and picnic area, and public toilets, this beautiful forest park should be on your list of places to visit this year. Get your shred on with Campbase Adventures based in the Forest Park and make use of the mountain bike hire and uplift services for whatever age you are!

gortin glen mountain bike walk hike

Loughmacrory Lough

A walk around the freshwater shore of Loughmacrory is the perfect way to unwind by the waters filled with kingfishers and brown trout, surrounded by local wildlife such as swans, wild geese and ducks that spend time near the north side of the lough.

An absolutely stunning and scenic route so be sure to bring your camera and snap some insta-worthy shots.

loughmacrory lough

Something For The Kids

Ulster American Folk Park

The Ulster American Folk Park located in Omagh is bursting with history and fun for all the family where you can learn about everything from the Old World of Ulster to the New World on the American frontier.

Explore rural Ulster on the trail around authentic shops and buildings and explore the Brig Union ship, or take a workshop in traditional crafts from forge work to wool spinning, turf cutting to willow weaving, woodcraft to patchwork quilting.

ulster american folk park omagh museum

Omniplex Cinema Omagh

Take your little ones to our local Omniplex cinema to immerse themselves in the magic of a new movie. A modern, centrally located 7-screen cinema with special festive showings upcoming, treat yourself to some popcorn and cinema snacks and relax for a few hours.

omagh omniplex cinema

 

If you visit any of the places on this list you’re guaranteed to have some good craic, but be sure to keep up to date with current Covid Restrictions and remember to stay safe this festive season while out exploring Omagh and the Sperrins Region.

 

 

Eat Local

Eat Local

None of us can deny the allure of a classic Tayto cheese and onion sarnie, but sometimes the occasion calls for something a bit fancier. Thankfully, Omagh and the Sperrins Region have a fantastic range of cafes and restaurants serving delicious meals made from locally sourced ingredients.

So, whether you’re knackered after a day at work or you’re looking to get dolled up for something a bit more adventurous than your usual from the local chippy, you’re guaranteed to find something on this list to check all your boxes.  

The Sandwich Co.

With a completely unique atmosphere and character, as well as the highest level of quality in terms of location, service, and food, The Sandwich Co. is the perfect place to stop for a classic sandwich and coffee combo. 

The Sandwich Co is community focused, family orientated and supports the local community, using fair trade and locally sourced ingredients.

The Sandwich Co

The Millstone B&B and Restaurant

This gem nestled at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains is in close proximity to all the local amenities you need for a great day out, surrounded by beautiful local scenery. 

Serving the most delicious meals made from locally sourced ingredients from the friendliest staff you could meet in hospitality, this restaurant should be at the top of your list of places to try this year. 

millstone omagh restaurant

 

Brie’s Barista

Right in the heart of the Gortin Glen Forest Park, Brie’s Barista Bar is the perfect spot to stop off for some refreshments while out on your adventures in nature. 

bries gortin glens cafe

 

Loved by all the locals, this welcoming little spot serves what is often referred to as the best coffee by far and some special sweet treats from Sugar Shack NI.

Sally’s Of Omagh

The popular location of Sally’s has a lot to offer! With a bar, club and bistro lounge it’s a great place for any occasion. Catering to both small and large groups and offering special meal and cocktail offers this place is definitely worth a visit. 

Regular live entertainment and a fantastic atmosphere make this one of the most celebrated venues in County Tyrone. 

sallys of omagh restaurant

Rue Mainstreet

This local pub and bar serves delicious authentic foods and is a popular location with the locals. Perfect for beer and coffee lovers this eatery provides an intimate atmosphere where you can relax and unwind at the end of a hard week. 

A great menu filled with variety and food served by friendly and inviting staff make Rue a fantastic option if you’re looking for a tasty meal in Omagh town.

rue main street omagh restaurant

 

Serendipity Café

This gluten free, vegan and vegetarian friendly cafe serves up a fantastic selection of breakfast, lunch and brunch options for everyone. 

A cosy, quirky and inviting little tearoom that impresses on arrival. Serendipity serves everything from pancakes to paninis and is a must see if you’re looking for a bite to eat. 

serendipity restaurant omagh

The Blind Cobbler

Beautifully nestled on the corner of John street in Omagh this gem is best known for its quirky vibe, delicious food and speciality cocktails. Instantly met with a warm welcome this location provides weekly live music from talented local artists and is the go to destination in Omagh. 

This relaxed venue offers different dining styles to suit any occasion. The Blind Cobbler  is a great place to host a party or event this year if you’re planning something special. 

Blind Cobbler Omagh bar restaurant

 

The Aul Bank Coffee Shop

With brilliant food and a friendly service this gem is a great addition to the small and rural village of Gortin. Serving quality artisan foods made from local produce, this charming coffee shop is in an idyllic location. It is the perfect spot to stop off and enjoy a range of hot and cold drinks, sweet treats and delicious lunch options. 

auld bank gortin coffee shop

Back Street Eats

Open Thursday through to Sunday this street food location is a must try serving mouth wateringly good dishes from tacos & burritos to dirty fries. There’s nowhere else quite like it and once you try it once, you will be back! 

You won’t be disappointed by the fantastic food they serve here with their quick and friendly service.

back street eats omagh

White Hare Restaurant

The White Hare coffee house and restaurant is not to be missed with their special 2 and 3 course offers. It’s a tasty and affordable option for a fantastic meal out. 

With classic pub grub and traditional bites the relaxing ambience in this unique location is an experience you won’t soon forget. Local prime cut meats and local produce from the onsite community garden are just a few of the unique offerings this eatery has to boast of. 

Be sure to keep up to date with current Covid Restrictions and remember to stay safe this festive season while out exploring Omagh and the Sperrins Region.

white hare restaurant an creagan

For lots more inspiration check out our Eat, Drink and Nightlife section here.

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