Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) holds a huge variety of events throughout Northern Ireland which will not only entertain you, but will showcase the work that staff at NIEA do, and give you ideas on how you can help to protect our environment! These events include living history re-enactments at our many sites and monuments which bring our history and heritage to life â€“ you will learn a few things about life in times gone by! We have seasonal events for smaller groups of people who wish to interact with nature. These include bat and bird walks, seal watching, photography, painting and other nature walks and talks.
Our large scale celebratory events are fun and will satisfy all the senses with many forms of entertainment and learning experiences for all ages! From bog snorkelling, following treasure trails, enjoying theatre, music, and local organic food events, to exploring special sites and properties that would normally be closed to the public. As part of NIEA’s contribution to the City of Culture 2013, we have made a marked effort to encourage a wide range of activities both within the city and beyond! By working in partnership with several organisations, we hope that these events will help to highlight Derry~Londonderry’s rich and fascinating heritage, while contributing to the year’s themes of exploration and joyous celebration. Look out for our unique Archaeology Days events in June, and this year’s European Heritage Open Days Weekend in September which will feature an impressive series of events also contributing to the celebrations in the city and across the province. Refer to our handy map at the centre of this publication for places to visit! You will find a very handy and simple map, highlighting a number of NIEA properties to take family and friends to for great days out.
From the smallest creature to the rarest species of plant, from historical buildings to the water we drink, NIEA staff are working to protect Northern Ireland’s natural, built and historic environment for everyone’s prosperity and well-being – today and for the future. We want to show the way and work with you and others to help protect and enjoy our precious environment. To find out more, please click onto our website at www.discovernorthernireland.com/niea
Use our sites for your own events, tours and exhibitions! Some of our properties may be perfect for holding your own events, tours or exhibitions. For more information, see page 54 in this publication or contact the property directly.
Share your photos, tips and stories on NIEA’s Facebook page. Just search for ‘Northern Ireland Environment Agency’ on Facebook! Follow @nieaevents on Twitter to find out about our free events and much more! Visit our You Tube channel “nienvironment agency1”, to see videos of wildlife events, staff interviews and much more!
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Medieval life at Kirkistown Castle, Saturday 25th May, 1 - 5pm Celebrating Rory Dall O’Cahan at Dungiven Castle Park & Dungiven Priory, Friday 17th May, 2 - 4pm Limavady Borough Council will be unveiling a specially commissioned artwork by Alan Cargo and Eleanor Wheeler, celebrating the music of Rory Dall O’Cahan and the connections to the ‘Londonderry Air’ and ‘Danny Boy’ in the Castle Park. This will be followed by music from the Dungiven Harp School in the presence of a Living History monk in the chancel at Dungiven Priory, an Augustinian priory with a 15th century tomb of Cooey-na-Gall, an O’Cahan chief, who died in 1385. Free admission, for more information contact 028 7772 2226 Life on the Lough at Audley’s Castle, Saturday 18th May, 1 - 5pm Audley’s Castle comes to life with our Living History Man-at-Arms, one of the most efficient and expensive soliders of his day. Learn about his way of life and his weaponry as he guarded the Lough from this prominent Tower House. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 Visit the 16th century at Sketrick Castle, Sunday 19th May, 1 - 5pm Living History brings the ruins of this island Tower House to life. Learn about how our Man-at-Arms lived at this 16th century castle, and take the opportunity to see and handle his weapons.
Our Living History Man-at-Arms brings this medieval Tower House to life. Learn about his life defending the Lough as one of the most esteemed soldiers of this period, and see and handle his formidable artillery. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 Meet the Monk of Struell Wells, Sunday 26th May, 1 – 5pm Meet the medieval monk who would have tended the church and wells, and learn about his connection to St Patrick. He will explain the rituals of wells and bathing in the time of St Patrick, and the differences between the early church and later monastic practices. Expert, Dr Finbar McCormick from Queens University Belfast will also be available to give more in depth information about this important Early Christian site. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 Bank Holiday Have-a-Go Archery at Carrickfergus Castle, Monday 27th May 10.30am – 5pm Come along to Carrickfergus Castle this Bank Holiday Monday and watch expert archers give a demonstration of their sport – then have a go yourself! Normal admission rate applies, for more information contact 028 9335 1273
Free admission, for more information contact: 028 9054 3030 6
Killard Natuaral Nature Reserve Botanical Biodiversity Guided Walk, Saturday 29th June 11am – 2pm Guided Seal Watch at Cloghy Rocks Nature Reserve, Saturday 1st June 12pm – 4pm Coinciding with the annual Strangford Lough Maritime Festival, join Northern Ireland’s Environment Agency experts for a unique opportunity to watch seals up close in their natural habitat. This Reserve is the best place from which to watch seals in Strangford Lough, as at low tide, both common and grey seals haul out on the rocks to rest. Experts will be on hand to point out interesting facts about the seals – their features, behaviours and habits. Come along and experience the rich biodiversity of Strangford Narrows. Telescopes and binoculars will be provided. Weatherproof clothing and sunscreen is recommended. Free admission, for more information contact 028 4461 5520
Led by botanical enthusiast Bob Bleakley, come and enjoy this beautiful walk by the coast while discovering its diverse plant life in the grassland terrain. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 Castle Archdale Country Park’s Tree walk, Saturday 15th June 10am - 1pm A woodland activities walk for all the family! There will be opportunities for all ages to take part in this guided walk and talk all about our native and nonnative trees. It is a very informative and enjoyable free day out for all the family. Suitable footwear for a walk in the woods is advised. Free admission, for more information contact 028 6862 1588
Quoile Pondage Nature Reserve’s Evening Chorus, Thursday 20th June 6pm – 8pm Come on this intriguing riverside walk led by Dot Blakley at Quoile Pondage Nature Reserve and learn how the Reserve settles at dusk. Free admission, for more information contact 028 4461 5520
A ‘Summer of Archaeology’ at the Ulster Museum, Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm June, July and August
Hidden Histories of Belfast walking tour at Belfast City Hall, Sunday 9th June, 11am & 2pm
Why not indulge in a ‘Summer of Archaeology’ with the Ulster Museum and discover history through the eyes of this year’s theme, the Elizabethans, with a series of interactive weekend activities for all the family to take part in.
Come to our ‘Hidden History’ tour of Belfast city centre where Ruairi O’Baoill, author of ‘The Archaeological Story of Belfast: Hidden History Below our Feet’, will lead a walking tour around Belfast discussing the archaeological stories of the City.
Free admission, for more information contact 028 9044 0102
This tour will last about 1 hour and leave from the gates at the front of the City Hall. For more information contact 028 9054 3030
‘Archeology Days’ lecture at NIEA Monuments and Buildings Record’s (MBR) Friday 7th June, 1 – 2pm Ruairi O’Baoill will talk about the Archaeology of Derry City and its Environs, and introduce his latest publication about the city. Everyone is welcome to this free event, which will be part of a wider programme of monthly public lectures, to be held on the first Friday of every month at 1pm. Talks will be held at Waterman House, 5 – 33 Hill St, Belfast, BT1 2LA. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030
Summer Solstice Celebration at the Giant’s Ring, Saturday 22nd June 12.30 – 5pm Join Lagan Valley Regional Park and NIEA for the Summer Solstice at the Giant’s Ring. Bring the family and a picnic to meet our ancestors, while celebrating this summer astronomical event. Our Living History Bronze-Age people will bring pre-history back to life with demonstrations of flint knapping, spinning and wood turning, as well as showing their weaponry as they tell stories of life in early times, and the significance of this unusual celebration. Attendees will also have the chance to make their own pot to take home and take a guided walk around the site. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9049 1922
Annual Fencing Tournament at Carrickfergus Castle, Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June 10am - 5pm
Sunday Events at Carrickfergus Castle, Sunday 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th June, 10.30am – 5pm
Once again Stormont Fencing Club is running their annual Fencing Competition at the castle. This ever popular annual event sees even more entrants this year, with some contestants from farther afield than in previous competitions.
Various events such as have-a-go archery, Living History, fights and weaponry demonstrations, crafts and life in the castle will be taking place most Sunday afternoons throughout June at Carrickfergus Castle. See our website for the full and detailed programme.
Normal admission applies, for more information contact 028 9335 1273
Normal admission applies, for more information contact 028 9335 1273
Carrickfergus Walls and Town Tour with Ruairi O’Baoill, Saturday 8th June, 11am & 2pm
Conservation Archy Day Crafts at the NIEA Moira Depot, Saturday 15th June 10.30am – 3.30pm
Come along to a special tour of Carrickfergus town walls with archaeologist and author of ‘Carrickfergus – The story of the Castle and Walled Town’, Ruairi O’Baoill. This enthusiastic and knowledgeable expert will lead a tour of the walls, and discuss the archaeological story of the town. Both tours last approximately one hour, and leave from Carrickfergus Museum on Antrim Street. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030
Open Day at NIEA’s craft works depot. Meet the NIEA specialist conservation craft team at work, including stone carving, conservation joinery and architectural blacksmithing. Tour the works yard and enjoy a range of activities for adults and children alike, with something for all the family! Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030
Igniting Carrick! Living History at Flame, the Gasworks Museum, Saturday 8th June, 1 – 5pm Meet some of the characters who ran the gasworks and learn how it brought light to Carrickfergus. Our living History ‘Thomas O’Hara’, the first manager of the gasworks from 1855 along with some of his staff will be on hand to give an insight into how gas was produced and used to light up Carrickfergus. The works closed in 1987, and its last real manager, Sam Gault will also be available to explain his part in the gasworks’ story. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9336 9575 14 A
Soldiers, Settlers and Sermons - The pioneering residents of Carrickfergus and district in 1613 Historic Bus Tour, Saturday 15th June, 1 - 5pm
Mixed up histories at Navan Centre and Fort, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June, 10am – 6.30pm
Join a Living History bus tour around some of East Antrim’s most important historic sites. Meet the soldiers, settlers and preachers who made the area their home during the Plantation era 400 years ago. Visit sites including Dalway’s Bawn, residence of Sir John Dalway who was once Constable of Carrickfergus Castle, and Templecorran Church in Ballycarry where Edward Brice established the first Presbyterian congregation in Ulster in 1613. Bus tour departs from Quay Lane beside Carrickfergus Castle.
Have you ever wondered how the Celts actually lived? And what about the Georgians? What would happen if some Celts moved into a Georgian house and some Georgians spent some time with the Celts? Would they get on? Come along to Archaeology Days at the Navan Centre & Fort and find out!
Free admission, but booking essential, contact Carrickfergus Tourist Information Centre for reservations and for more information contact 028 9335 8049 Saturday Events at Dunluce Castle, Saturday 22nd & 29th June, 10.30am - 5pm Various events such as have-a-go archery, Living History, weaponry demonstrations, crafts and life in the castle and village will be taking place on these Saturday throughout June at Dunluce Castle. See our website for full and detailed programme. For more information contact 028 2073 1938
While you’re there, you will discover more about the everyday objects that shaped Celtic and Georgian life, and how these shaped their worlds around them. For more information including times and admission charges contact 028 3752 9644. Strangford Lough Maritime Festival’s Living History at the Strangford Castle, Saturday 1st June, 1 - 5pm As part of Strangford Lough Maritime Festival, meet our Living History Man-at-Arms, stationed at the Castle. Learn about his weaponry and how he lived as he guarded the strategic entrance to Strangford Lough using the building’s features to his advantage. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030
Strangford Lough Maritime Festival’s Living History at Portaferry Castle, Sunday 2nd June 1 – 5pm Also as part of Strangford Lough Maritime Festival, come and visit our Living History 16th century Man-at-Arms, as he guards this tower house. But don’t be fooled, as our Man-At-Arms will show you just how deadly this entrance could be for the uninvited guest! Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030
Explore World War II at Down County Museum, Saturday 8th June, 11am – 5pm The old gaol was used as a base by the US First Armored Division in 1942. We take you back to the early 1940s in this activity day when you can meet all kinds of characters from this important period in the building’s history. Break the codes and take the challenges set for all members of the family! Free admission, for more information contact 028 4461 0800
Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism Lectures at the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry, Wednesday 5th, 19th, 26th June, from 1pm
Treasures of Medieval Poland at Down County Museum, Every day from Friday 14th June, Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, and Saturday - Sunday 1 - 5pm
A lecture series which will examine the relationship between archaeology and geology focusing on the rich and varied archaeological heritage of the South Armagh and South Down regions, and how it developed in response to the natural landscape.
See hundreds of pieces of intricate and beautiful jewellery from Poland, Lithuania and Belarus dating from the 7th to the 13th centuries in this fabulous travelling exhibition from the National Archaeological Museum of Poland in Warsaw.
5th June – ‘The Medieval Archaeology of South Down’, by Dr. Alison Lennon
Free admission, for more information contact 028 4461 0800
19th June – ‘The Built Heritage of South Armagh’, by Dr. Vanessa Ryan 26th June – ‘Human Response to the Natural Landscape’, by Dr. Siobhán Power The project is part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-Border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. Free admission, for more information contact 028 3025 6650
Tour of 1798 Rebellion sites at Down County Museum, Saturday 15th June 2 – 5pm Visit places associated with the 1798 Rebellion in County Down, including Killinchy, Saintfield, Ballynahinch and where the last land battles in Ireland were fought. Cost of admission: £5, for more information contact 028 4461 0800
Archaeology Roadshow at Down County Museum, Saturday 22nd June, 12 – 5pm
‘The Science of Archaeology’ at Fermanagh County Museum, Saturday 8th June, 2 - 5pm
Meet real archaeologists, find out about recent digs and discoveries, have a go at our digging challenges, see medieval jewellery on display and try your hand at making your own jewellery in our workshops.
Unlock the secrets of the past with a series of handson activities and interactive demonstrations for all the family. Explore the multitude of ways in which science features in a modern archaeological dig. How do we know how old something is? What can objects tell us about people and their lives?
Free admission, for more information contact 028 4461 0800 Feast Day at the Nendrum Early Christian Monastery, Saturday 22nd June, 12 -5pm
There will also be a ‘design your own pot’ workshop for future archaeologists to discover! Normal admission rates apply, for more information contact 028 6632 5000
The feast day of St. Mo Choí was a great event in the Nendrum calendar and a time of festivities at the Monastery. Come and help us celebrate this important event on Saturday 22nd June. Thomas McErlean (co-author of ‘Harnessing the Tides’) will be on hand to guide you through the archaeology of the Monastery and its internationally significant tide mills. As part of our Living History programme, ’St. Mo Choí’ will also be available to explain about his life on this island Mondayastery and his connection with St Patrick. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 Living History at Green Castle, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June, 1 – 5pm This 13th century castle commands the mouth of Carlingford Lough. A 14th century soldier will be available to talk about life in the castle including the time during Edward Bruce’s attack. There will be a display of some of the weapons used during this period. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 20 A
This year our Archaeology Days month also includes specially coordinated activities for the City of Culture 2013 celebrations in Derry~Londonderry. We invite attendees from all over Northern Ireland to learn, explore and celebrate the cityâ€™s rich and fascinating heritage, and contribute to the yearâ€™s themes of exploration, and the joyous celebration of this very special month.
‘Defences of Culmore’ at Culmore Artillery Fort, – a walking tour: Sunday 2nd June, 12 – 2pm Explore the history of this important artillery fort by taking a tour with Manus Deery, a principal conservation architect within NIEA. Learn about the evolution of the site and how its military function influenced the surrounding area and the importance of the fort during the 1689 Siege of Derry. The tour is free but booking is essential. The tour will last for 1 ½ to 2 hours. For more information or to book a place, contact 028 9054 3188 WWII Archaeology Day at Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Sunday 2nd June, 11am, 2pm & 3.30pm Investigate the remains of Beech Hill Camp, one of 10 sites across Derry/Londonderry that made up the US Navy’s Base One Europe 1942-44. Prizes will also be given out for the best costumes and most interesting photographs taken on the day. Organised by the Beech Hill US Navy & Marine Corps Association with support from the Holywell Trust, Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership & the Heritage Lottery Fund. Free guided tours with an archaeologist and historian will depart at 11 am, 2pm, and 3.30 pm, some of which will require woodland walking footwear and clothing. For more information contact 028 7134 9279
‘The book of Kells, the great glories of Western art’ at the Tower Museum, Book launch and lecture, Wednesday, 5th June, 6pm James Joyce claimed the The Book of Kells is “the most purely Irish thing we have”, yet the book may well have been created in the late 8th century on the island of Iona in Western Scotland, where a monastery had been founded by Colmcille. A new acclaimed edition of the Book of Kells by Bernard Meehan, Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin, offers new insights into its history and iconography; join him for a special illustrated talk on one of the great glories of Western art. Free admission, for more information contact 028 7137 2411 ‘Colmcille: His Life and Legacy’ at the Tower Museum, Book launch and lecture, Thursday 6th June, 7pm Brian Lacey’s new publication looks at what we can know about the real figure of Colmcille, and distinguish him from the wonderful yet fictional character which was emerged from the stories that have developed over the last fourteen centuries. The book also draws on the astonishing amount of textual and archaeological scholarship relating to the saint that has appeared in the last fifteen years or so. Free admission, for more information contact 028 7137 2411
Excavation with living history at Prehen House, Friday 7th, 14th, 21st June, 2 - 4 pm & Saturday 22nd June, 12 – 4pm This exciting excavation will be open to the public every Friday during June so that everyone will have the opportunity to find out what the archaeologists are discovering. On Saturday 22nd June, from 1 – 4pm, visitors will also have the added bonus of meeting one of Prehen’s earliest residents from the 17th century, who will tell stories of the characters who lived at this Plantation house over the years, and the events that took place there. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 The Return of Colmcille to Derry~Londonderry, Friday 7th & Saturday 8th June, throughout the day Taking place over two days, the city of Derry~Londonderry welcomes Colmcille home with a series of displays, processions and pageants. Watch as Colmcille meets characters from the city’s rich history and discovers how this once, small settlement has developed into a thriving cultural hub. Plus, see Colmcille do battle with the Loch Ness Monster! For more information contact 028 7131 0560 Coastal Churches – a bus tour of medieval and post-medieval church sites, Saturday 8th June, 10am – 5pm.
Eglinton and Enagh. While some of the churches on our tour were built to serve the newly-established Plantation villages (as at Ballykelly and Eglinton), others may have had a more ancient past. The tour will depart from St Columb’s Park at 10am. The tour is free but booking is essential, for more information or to book a place, contact 028 9054 3188 Meet the 1800s Soldier of Martello Tower, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June, 1 - 5pm Take the opportunity to see inside this, one of the few surviving Martello Towers. Find out about the soldiers who guarded the mouth of the Foyle against invasion by Napoleon between 1812 and 1817. Enjoy the view which includes its twin in Greencastle, Co Donegal and it’s setting in Magilligan Point Nature Reserve. Free admission, for more information contact 028 7772 2074 ‘Columba Canticles - Four centuries of song’, at St Columb’s Cathedral, Sunday 9th June, 7.30pm Featuring the choirs of the Universities of Ulster and Aberdeen combined with the London Southbank Sinfonia, this promises to be a joyous and memorable occasion. Using song to tell the story of Derry~Londonderry’s rich history, this unique experience is not to be missed. For more information contact 028 7126 8027
Scattered across the northwest region are dozens of historic church ruins ranging in date from the early Christian period right through to the 19th century. This tour will explore a select number of these sites including Downhill, St Aidan’s, Ballykelly, 26 A
Marks of Time - The Buildings of Derry~Londonderry at the Playhouse Theatre, 10th - 18th June 9.30am - 9pm daily
An Archeology Day tour of Derry City’s Walls with Ruairi O’Baoill, Saturday 15th June, 11am & 2pm
Manus Deery from the Historic Buildings Unit of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, provides a personal contribution to the ‘City of Culture’ with this exhibition. This unique showing illustrates the development of the city’s architecture over time through 72 watercolour sketches, supplemented by brief explanatory notes. Today’s city is a complex place, influenced by its site, available materials and local traditions, yet displays influences from ideas across the world. It is a city with places of great beauty, and a robust character making it a city to be proud of.
Tour the historic city walls of Derry with Ruairi O’Baoill, archaeologist with Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork at Queen’s University Belfast, and author of “The Archaeology of Derry City and its Environs”.
This exhibition is sponsored by Derry City Council’s Heritage and Museum Service, and by The Inner City Trust and The Honourable Irish Society. Entry to the exhibition is open to the public and free admission. for more information contact 028 9054 3030
‘The Archaeology of the City’ Northwest Archaeological & Historical Society Lecture at the White Horse Hotel, Friday, 14th June, 7.30pm Roy Hamilton of the Northwest Archaeological and Historical Society explores the archaeological heritage of the city of Derry~Londonderry and its environs.
Meet at Tower Museum, Union Hall Place. Tours will last between 11/2 and 2 hours. This tour is free but booking is essential, for more information and to book contact 028 7137 2411 The ancient lanes of Prehen – a walking tour of the Prehen Estate, Sunday 16th June, 1 – 3pm The Prehen estate, established in the early 17th century, has remained one of Derry~Londonderry’s most enigmatic properties. Led by George McLaughlin of the Prehen Historical and Environmental Society, this tour explores the estates ancient lanes and historic buildings. Sneak a peek at the community dig and see what archaeological secrets are being uncovered. The tour is free but booking is essential. The tour will last for 1 ½ to 2 hours, for more information or to book a place contact 028 9054 3188
Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3188
Sites on the Causeway Coastal Route
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Sites on St. Patrickâ€™s Trail Route
Ballymoney DERRY~ LONDONDERRY
ANTRIM Glenariff Glenballeymon
Lower Lough Erne
Bangor Newtownards 4 5
Upper Lough Erne
Redburn Country Park
Ness Country Park
Grey Point Fort
Roe Valley Country Park
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Navan Centre & Fort
Quoile Countryside Centre
Scrabo Tower & Country Park
The Coastal Zone, Portrush Dunluce Castle
Nendrum Monastic Site
Hillsborough Courthouse & Fort
Castle Archdale Country Park
Devenish Monastic Site
Flame, Gasworks Museum
Roe Valley Country Park (RVCP), Cultural Leap! Sunday 16th June, 12 – 5pm Come to a cultural celebration at Roe Valley Country Park from ancient myths, through recent history to the present parkland! You will be welcomed by ‘Sir Thomas Phillips’, transported from the 17th century and promenading in the Park to survey his land, and hear of how he built his house, bawn and the village. There will also be an illustrated talk on the myth of ‘the Leaping Dog’, cultural craft demonstrations such as weaving and tanning, and guided walks around the historic sites within the park with the opportunity to see inside the Powerhouse, the first commercial hydroelectric plant in Ulster. Lively music and dance will complete the afternoon‘s entertainment. Circular courtesy transport from Limavady – RVCP – Dungiven- RVCP – Limavady.
Causeway and Mid-Antrim Museum Services, 1613 - 2013 Cultural Fusions Project Bus Tour, Saturday 22nd June, 10am - 5pm As Limavady celebrates the 400th anniversary of its town charter, Causeway and Mid-Antrim Museum Services are offering a tour, funded by European Union’s PEACE III Programme, exploring archaeological evidence from the 17th century. Led by archaeologist, Nick Brannon, this bus tour promises a revealing exploration of sites in the Roe Valley and beyond, where remnants of the period are all around us, but often lie hidden. Tour departs from the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre/Ionad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró, Main Street, Limavady at 10am. Free admission but booking is essential, For more information or to book a place, contact 028 7776 6050
For more information contact 028 7772 2074
Meet the Soldiers of the Siege at Siege Windmil, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June, 1 – 5pm
Roe Valley Country Park (RVCP), Unveiling of the new ‘Leaping Dog’! Monday 17th June, 2pm
A unique opportunity to visit this impressive monument and learn about its important role during the 1689 Siege of Derry. Meet the Jacobite soldiers who supported the Catholic King James II, who seized the windmill in the late 1600s. Learn about the types of weapons the soldiers would have used, and listen to tales of how they would have survived on meagre food rations during the 105 days of the Siege.
A Leaping Dog sculpture commissioned by Limavady Borough Council and created by Maurice Harron will be unveiled just outside the Dogleap Centre. After, there will be a talk on the history and legends associated with the park by expert historians Prof Audrey Horning & Terence ReevesSmith of the NIEA, in the Green Lane Museum. Free admission, for more information contact 028 7772 2074
This windmill is located in the grounds of Lumen Christi College. Free admission, for more information contact 028 7136 2595
Meet ‘Moninne’ at Killevy Churches, Sunday 7th July, 1 – 5pm NIEA Monuments and Buildings Record (MBR) Monthly lecture, Friday 5th July, 1 -2pm ‘Enigmatic Structures on the A8 Road Scheme’ by Jonathan Barkley and Colin Dunlop of the Northern Archaeological Consultancy Ltd. There are regular MBR talks on the first Friday of every month at 1pm. Talks will be held at Waterman House, 5 – 33 Hill St, Belfast, BT1 2LA, Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030
Founded in the late 5th or early 6th centry, Killevy Church has been called one of the most important monasteries for nuns in early Medieval Ireland. Its founder, ‘Darerca, Daughter of Erc’ was affectionately known by her community as ‘Moninne’, and has been termed as ‘Ulster’s most notable woman saint’. Visit these important church ruins in the company of our Living History ‘Moninne’ and learn more about her way of life in a medieval monastery. St Bline’s Well is located on the slopes above the church and the water is said to have power to heal in the name of Moninne to this day.
Kebble & Kinramer Nature Reserve, Rathlin Island Guided Walk, Saturday 6th July, 12 – 3pm
Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030
Come on our Guided Walk where you’ll see how the Reserve’s dramatic landscape of sheer cliffs and sea stacks provide for a fantastic opportunity to view a raucous breeding seabird colony close up, and how the lake and surrounding wetland attract nesting waterfowl. The Reserve is also full of Irish Hare grazing on the grassland, and with our experts on hand, the lucky observer might even catch a glimpse of the legendary ‘golden hare’.
Sunday Events at Carrickfergus Castle, Sunday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th July 10.30am – 5pm
Free admission, for more information contact 028 7776 3982
Normal admission applies, for more information contact 028 9335 1273
Various events such as have-a-go archery, Living History, fights and weaponry demonstrations, crafts and life in the castle will be taking place most Sunday afternoons throughout July and August at Carrickfergus Castle. See our website for full and detailed programme.
Normal ferry charges to and from the island apply.
Saturday Events at Dunluce Castle, Saturday 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th July, 10.30am - 5pm
Early life on an Island, Devenish Monastic Site, Sunday 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th July, 1 -5pm
Various events such as have-a-go archery, Living History, weaponry demonstrations, crafts and life in the castle and village will be taking place throughout July at Dunluce Castle.
Every Sunday in July meet our Early Christian monk and learn about his way of life on this important and busy island monastery. Find out how St Molaise who was burned in the round tower, founded the site and who were the Augustinians who built St Mary’s Abbey?
Normal entry rates apply, see our website for prices and a detailed programme, or for more information contact 028 2073 1923 Medieval Mystery Tour of Down, Every Sunday in July and August, (7th, 14th, 21st, 28th of July & 4th, 11th, 18th 25th of August) 2 - 5pm Join your intrepid guide on an epic afternoon adventure discovering medieval treasures of Downpatrick, with four great family days out rolled into one! • Unlock our guided treasure trail at Down County Museum • Unearth artefacts at the Saint Patrick Centre with our archaeologists • Travel back in time to Inch Abbey on our genuine steam train express with the Downpatrick and Co Down Railway • Solve the Medieval Mystery with the Monks of Inch Abbey Prices Adult
Suitable for Explorers of all ages. To book your place on the tour, contact the Downpatrick Tourist Information Centre on 028 4461 2233
The NIEA boat runs from Trory Point at 10am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm. Cost of transport: £3 per adult, £2 per child – Under 16s will not be able to travel without an accompanying adult. Visitors may also choose to take the MV Kestrel from the Round O in Enniskillen. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 Cistercian Life at Inch Abbey, Sunday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th July, 1 -5pm Every Sunday in July, meet our Living History Cistercian monk, learn about the abbey, his way of life and how he spent his days. Why not enhance the experience and take the steam train from Downpatrick or join in the ‘Medieval Mystery Tour of Downpatrick’ hosted by the Downpatrick Museum? Free admission, to the Abbey, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 Castle Archdale Country Park’s ‘Music in the Courtyard’, Saturday 14th July, 12 – 5pm Live music within Castle Archdale’s historic courtyard. Relax and enjoy music in this tranquil setting with a selection of bands playing music for all tastes. A great family day out that runs simultaneously with the Lady of the Lake Festival in Irvinestown. For more information, contact 028 6862 1588
Medieval Fair at Dunluce Castle, Saturday 20th July, 12 – 5pm
Lughnasa Fair at Carrickfergus Castle, Saturday 27th July, 11am – 5pm
Dunluce Castle welcomes the return of the Dunluce Medieval Fair! Come along and experience the bustle of a medieval fair with all the characters, stalls and great entertainment.
Come along and join in all the fun of a medieval fair! Meet some of the characters and entertainers from this unique period in history while enjoying the market stalls selling crafts and local produce.
Normal entry rates apply, for more information contact 028 2073 1938
Normal entry rates apply, for more information contact 028 9335 1273
Guided Tour inside Martello Tower, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July, 1 -5pm
Our Ancestral Life at Lissanduff Earthworks, Saturday 27th July, 1 - 5pm
Take the opportunity to see inside one of the few surviving Martello Towers. Find out about the troops who guarded the mouth of the Foyle against invasion by Napoleon between 1812 and 1817. Enjoy the view which includes its twin across the Foyle in Greencastle, Co Donegal and it’s setting in Magilligan Point Nature Reserve.
Come and experience how our ancestors lived, as Living History brings life to this enigmatic earthwork, known by locals in the 1830s as the ‘Cups and Saucers’. Find out what people ate, what tools they made, what they used for hunting, and the practical things that made up life in early times.
Free admission, for more information contact 028 7772 2074
Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030
Cloghy Rocks Nature Reserve, Guided Seal Watch, Saturday 27th July 10am – 2pm Coinciding with Marine Day, join Northern Ireland Environment Agency experts for a unique opportunity to watch seals up close in their natural habitat. This Reserve is the best place from which to watch seals in Strangford Lough as at low tide, grey seals haul out on the rocks to rest. Experts will be on hand to point out interesting facts about the seals – their features, behaviours and habits. Come along and experience the rich biodiversity of Strangford Narrows. Telescopes and binoculars will be provided. Weatherproof clothing is recommended. Free admission, for more information contact 028 4461 5520 38
NIEA Monuments and Buildings Record (MBR) Monthly lecture, Friday 2nd August, 1 - 2pm Expert Dr Geraldine Carville will discuss ‘Secrets of Cistercian Music in Ireland between 1142 – 1541’. Free admission, for information contact 028 9054 3030
On Sunday 28th July 11am -5pm, come and enjoy International Bog Day and watch the NI Bog Snorkelling Championships at this unusual family fun day. Participants will complete two consecutive lengths of a 60 yard (55m) bog drain in the shortest time possible! Attracting competitors from all over Ireland, come cheer on those who will be braving the bog, to be the best! Free admission, waterproof footwear and clothing are strongly advised! For more information contact 028 3885 1102
Wartime Living History at Grey Point Fort, Saturday 3rd August, 10am -5pm This Fort is a hidden gem as it is the best preserved coastal defence battery in these islands, and houses two fascinating collections of military memorabilia. Meet the troops who defended Belfast Lough during two world wars and see their weaponry, including the Fort’s two massive 6 inch diameter breech-loading guns, and extensive communications equipment. The Fort is a short walk from Helen’s Bay train station, from the main Belfast to Bangor Road turn up the Ballyrobert Road. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9185 3621 The Norman Knights of the Mound of Down, Saturday 3rd August 1 – 5pm Meet some of the Normans including a mounted knight who defended the Downpatrick area during the 12th century. Take the opportunity to talk to them about their way of life, their weapons and armour.
Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030
Living history at Tullaghoge Fort, Sunday 4th August, 1 - 5pm
Early life on an Island, Devenish Monastic Site, Sunday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th August, 1 – 5 pm
Our Living History characters will give you an insight into life at Tullaghoge, the site of inauguration of the O’Neills during the 16th and 17th centuries. Learn about their way of life, the food they ate on a daily basis or during special feasts, what clothes they wore and the weapons they used.
Every Sunday in July meet our Early Christian monk and learn about his way of life on this important and busy island monastery. Find out how St Molaise who was burned in the round tower, founded the site and who were the Augustinians who built St Mary’s Abbey?
Access gained from the B162 Cookstown to Stewartstown Road. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 Sunday Events at Carrickfergus Castle, Sunday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th & Monday 26th August, 10. 30am – 5pm Various events such as have-a-go archery, Living History, fights and weaponry demonstrations, crafts and life in the castle will be taking place most Sunday afternoons throughout August at Carrickfergus Castle. See our website for full and detailed programme. Normal admission applies, for more information contact 028 9335 1273
The NIEA boat runs from Trory Point at 10am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm. Cost of transport: £3 per adult, £2 per child – Under 16s will not be able to travel without an accompanying adult. Visitors can also choose to take the MV Kestrel from the Round O in Enniskillen. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 Cistercian Life at Inch Abbey, Sunday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th August, 1 – 5 pm Every Sunday in August, meet our Living History Cistercian monk. Learn about the abbey, his way of life and how he spent his days, praying and working. Enhance the experience and take the steam train from Downpatrick. Free admission to the Abbey, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 Saturday Events at Dunluce Castle, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th August, 10.30am - 5pm Various events such as have-a-go archery, Living History, weaponry demonstrations, crafts and life in the castle and village will be taking place every Saturday throughout July and August at Dunluce Castle. See our website for full and detailed programme. Normal entry rates apply, for more information contact 028 2073 1938
Magilligan Point Nature Reserve, Moth Night, Friday 9th August 7.30 – 9.30pm Come discover these delicate insects as they come to life in the dusk. This guided evening will lead participants through the summer wild flowers adding a splash of colour to the dunes, to humanely trap and identify the many different types of these nocturnal creatures as part of the Butterfly Conservation NI’s annual UK wide Moth Night. Free admission, for more information contact 028 7776 3982 Medieval Fair at Dundrum Castle, Saturday 10th August, 12 – 5pm Enjoy all the fun of a medieval fair. Meet some of the characters who would have lived and worked in the castle during the 12/13th century, the lords and ladies, the soldiers and servants. Experience the entertainment and wares for sale at the various stalls, but keep your eyes open for urchins and opportunists! For more information contact 028 9054 3030 Biodiversity Family day at Killard Nature Reserve, Saturday 10th August, 11am – 3pm Come and enjoy this beautiful walk by the coast on a specially tailored walk at Killard to reveal its subtle ecology and why not bring a picnic! Tying in with the Big Butterfly Count 2013, participants will be helping out in a nationwide survey aimed at helping to assess the health of our environment. From identifying bees to butterflies, this walk certainly promises to teach everyone in the family something new.
Castle Archdale Country Park’s Painting and Photography workshop, Saturday, 17th August, 10am – 4pm Explore your inner artist with the help of free tuition at Castle Archdale Courtyard. Lessons will be given in painting and photography. Please bring your own camera. Wet weather gear and suitable outdoor footwear is advisable. Free admission, for more information contact 028 6862 1588 Meet the 1800s soldier of Martello Tower, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August, 1 – 5pm Take the opportunity to see inside this, one of the few surviving Martello Towers. Find out about the soldiers who guarded the mouth of the Foyle against invasion by Napoleon between 1812 and 1817. Enjoy the view which includes its twin across the Foyle in Greencastle, Co Donegal and it’s setting in Magilligan Point Nature Reserve. Free admission, for more information contact 028 7772 2074 Quoile Nature Reserve’s Bat Night, Sunday 18th August, 8pm – 11pm Come and hunt the bats with Donna Allen! Enjoy an exciting illustrated talk with Donna and then learn how to identify these curious critters with echo locators during a guided riverside walk. Participants can see this little mystery in its natural habitat. Free admission, for more information contact 028 4461 5520
Free admission, for more information contact 028 4461 5520 44
Experience the Plantation period at Tully Castle, Saturday 24th August, 1 - 5pm Meet the people who built and lived in Tully Castle during the Plantation period. Find out how they lived and how they defended this lough-side castle during peace and the troubled times of 1641. Learn about the food they ate, the plants they grew and their clothing and weaponry. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 Meet the early residents of Bonamargy Friary, Sunday 26th August, 1 - 5pm Meet the early residents who would have lived and prayed in this friary founded in the 16th century by Rory McQuillan. Find out how it was taken over by the McDonnells of Dunluce, many of whom were buried here. Have a look for some of the interesting gravestones such as the Black Nun who lived at the Friary during the 17th century, insisting she be buried so that worshippers would tread on her grave upon entering, as a token of her humility. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030
Early Life on an Island, Devenish Monastic Site, Sunday 1st, 8th & 15th September 1 – 5pm On these Sunday’s in September, meet our Early Christian monk and learn about his way of life on this important and busy island monastery. Find out how St Molaise founded the site who was burned in the round tower, and who were the Augustinians who built St Mary’s Abbey? The NIEA boat runs from Trory Point at 10am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm. Cost of transport: £3 per adult, £2 per child – Under 16s will not be able to travel without an accompanying adult. Visitors can also choose to take the MV Kestrel from the Round O in Enniskillen. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 Cistercian Life at Inch Abbey, Sunday 1st, 8th & 15th September, 1 – 5pm On these Sunday’s in September, meet our Living History Cistercian monk. Learn about the abbey, his way of life and how he spent his days praying and working. Enhance the experience and take the steam train from Downpatrick. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030
Saturday Events at Dunluce Castle, Sunday 8th & 14th September, 1 – 5pm Various events such as have-a-go archery, Living History, weaponry demonstrations, crafts and life in the castle and village will be taking place on these Saturday afternoons throughout September at Dunluce Castle. Please see our website for more information contact 028 2073 1938 European Heritage Open Days 2013, across NI, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) promises to be an exciting weekend of free events and activities for all! In homage to the City of Culture 2013, this year’s EHOD will celebrate our culture across the province by offering unique opportunities to experience our built heritage through living history, literature, performing and visual arts, film, theatre and much much more at over 300 sites, often closed to the public! For more information, visit our website by googling ‘Discoverni EHOD’, and don’t forget to join our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ehodni For ongoing updates on this year’s EHOD weekend, follow us on Twitter @ehodni and don’t forget to have fun with our hashtag, #EHOD2013! NIEA Monuments and Building Record (MBR) Monthly lecture, Friday 20th September, 1 - 2pm & 6 - 7pm
NIEA’s Liam McQuillan, will speak on ‘Consolidating Ruins: Some recent project on Scheduled Masonry Monuments’. Followed at 6pm by colleague Terence Reeves-Smyth, on ‘The Flowering Legacy: The Parks and Gardens of the National Trust in NI’. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 Banagher Glen Nature Reserve’s Nature Detectives Get Outdoors Weekend Event, Saurday 21st September, 12pm – 3pm Calling all Nature Detectives! Can you solve the ‘whodunnit’ wildlife crime? With clues are spread across the trails of Banagher Glen, this day out as part of the ‘Get Outdoors’ Weekend annual event, promises to be great fun for all the family while you solve this mysterious puzzle! Free admission, for more information contact 028 7776 3982 Killard National Nature Reserve Guided walk and Coastal Migrant Bird Watch, Saturday 21st September 11am – 2pm Also as part of the ‘Get Outdoors’ weekend, come and enjoy this beautiful walk with Dot Blakley as you discover the local birds hiding along the coastline. Walkers will enjoy the scenic beauty of the Reserve while discovering its soaring inhabitants along the way. Free admission, for more information contact 028 4461 5520
NIEA situated in the Cathedral Quarter, will be holding special lectures as part of Belfast’s exciting Culture Night to discuss some of the cultural influences we can still see in the buildings around us, and what they tell us about our past, and how we can protect them in the future. 48
Apple Day at Peatlands Park, Sunday 20th October 11am – 5pm
NIEA Monuments and Buildings Record’s Monthly lecture, Friday 4th October, 1 - 2pm This month, Cormac McSparron, from the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork at Queen’s University Belfast will speak on ‘New thoughts from archaeology on Dal Riadic migrations to Scotland’ Free admission, for more information contact 028 9054 3030 Breen Oakwood Nature Reserve’s Twilight Beasties 9th October, 7.30pm – 9.30pm Come and join in on this guided walk that will highlight the wildlife that comes to life in the twilight hours including moths and bats. For more information contact 028 7776 3982 ‘Good Food doesn’t cost the earth!’ Event at Crawfordsburn Country Park, Sunday 13th October, 10am – 5pm
Celebrate the humble apple and its wonderful diversity at this already well-loved annual event. Using over 100 varieties of apples, there will be apple crafts, cooking and all manner of apple products as well as wide range of apple trees and produce for sale. There will be free rides on the ‘Orchard Express’ train, displays of honey and bees, apple pressing and much more besides to keep the whole family entertained. Free admission, for more information contact 028 3885 1102 Hallowe’en at Carrickfergus Castle, Saturday 26th October, 1 - 5pm Do you dare visit Carrickfergus Castle on this scariest of days? The castle has seen battles and sieges and is reputed to have ghosts from many different periods who haunt its rooms and battlements. Will you see any of them? Will you hear the rattling of chains, or even see our resident spook ‘Button Cap’ beating his ghostly drum? Normal Castle admissions apply – children in scary costumes get in free. For more information contact 028 9335 1273
This event will show case local and organic produce, as well as home grown foods with a focus on sustainable choices. With minimum ecological impact but maximum flavour, the day promises tasty treats and helpful hints about how to manage your food budget and reduce food waste going to landfill as part of the NIEA Rethink Waste initiative. Free admission, for more information contact 028 9185 3621
The Peatlands Park narrow gauge railway has been associated with the area since the 1950s and is a big attraction for the young and old alike! The diesel locomotive can pull up to 40 passengers at a time on a 1.5km journey through leafy tunnels and restored open bog. Two of the carriages have been specially adapted to take wheelchairs. For more information, contact 028 3885 1102 or please search for ‘Discoverni Peatlands Park’ using your preferred search engine. Costs for the train are: Adults - £1.00, Children & Senior Citizens - £0.50 Group Bookings of more than 12 - £0.50 Under 5s - Free Close by the railway platform, a short stroll around the Bog Garden will provide the visitor with a chance to see virtually all the plant and flower species associated with the peatland habitat.
The revised Ulster Way route and accompanying website were launched in September 2009, providing a new 625 mile, (1,000 kilometre) circular walking route around the best landscape and scenery that Northern Ireland has to offer. This walking route presents walkers with an opportunity to view scenery and nature, encounter myth and legend, as well as sample the local culture through all the counties of Ulster. Many partners have worked together to develop this recently established route, which can be explored online at www.walkni.com/ulsterway or on foot around the country near you! The route also showcases the work of those who manage, protect and enhance this living environment. You will also be able to find dedicated information on the Ulster Way, including interactive mapping, route descriptions and printable maps again on the Ulster Way website www.walkni.com/ulsterway
Meeting rooms and audio-visual facilities at visitor centres may be booked for holding meetings, seminars and conferences, provided they are not required by NIEA or other official bodies at the time. During the year we run a number of events at our properties at which crafts, local produce and other products are on sale. Should you wish to use such events to market a suitable product, NIEA would welcome your enquiry. A list of sites and properties (including contact details) suitable for such purposes can be found on pages at the back of this brochure.
Some NIEA sites and properties are suitable for holding special events, exhibitions and visits. These places include our country parks, countryside centres and larger historic monuments. Country parks are well-suited to events associated with the promotion of an active, healthy lifestyle and for sponsored walks. Historic Monuments, Nature Reserves and bird hides may be better suited to group guided walks and tours.
Please contact NIEA staff about any of the above opportunities and they will give you all the information and assistance you will require, including application forms, details on availability, conditions of hire and insurance requirements. For some activities you may need an NIEA permit. Applicants should also understand that acceptance of bookings outside normal opening hours cannot be guaranteed and will depend on the availability of staff.
NIEA will welcome applications from individuals, community, youth, church and environmental groups, charities, historical and other societies, and in some instances from commercial companies and tour groups, to use our more resilient sites and properties for their own events, exhibitions or outings. These must not damage the special features of the venues or reduce the enjoyment of other visitors. Our properties may not, however, be used for the public promotion of political parties or religious views. 54 A
There is generally no charging for the non-commercial use of open spaces at our sites or properties, unless there are specific associated costs that need covered. Group reductions may be made available for those sites where entry is charged such as Carrickfergus Castle and Dunluce Castle and for the ferry to Devenish from Trory Point. Non-commercial organisations will be charged for the use of facilities on a cost-recovery basis. For example, an evening event requiring staff to work overtime and the use of light and heating, may be subject to additional charges based on these costs to the NIEA. Commercial organisations will be charged at a full commercial rate and stallholders may be asked to pay a concession fee. NIEA staff may be able to offer extra services for specific events, including catering arrangements, guided walks, living history tours and so on; or they may be able to put you in touch with others who can assist you with your event. There will be a charge for such extras.
NIEA is keen to promote Northern Irelandâ€™s heritage through live interpretations and tours at its various monuments, country parks and nature reserves. Tour guides are available at various sites which are indicated on the following pages T â€“ some will be available throughout the year, whilst others will only be available for selected months. If you wish to check when tour guides are at our sites, please visit the website at www.discovernorthernireland.com/niea/ historicplaces.aspx
Please contact staff at the site you are interested in and they will be able to advise or help you with your specific requirements. Addresses and contact details for NIEA and other DOE sites sites and properties are listed towards the back of this brochure.
T Inch Abbey
T Ballycopeland Windmill
Windmill Rd, Millisle, Co Down, BT22 2DS Tel: 028 9181 1491
T Bellaghy Bawn
31 Castle Street Bellaghy, Co Derry BT45 8LA Tel: 028 7938 6812 Benburb Castle Main Street Benburb BT71 7JZ
T Carrickfergus Castle
Marine Highway Carrickfergus, Co Antrim BT38 7BG Tel: 028 9335 1273
T Castle Archdale
Country Park 346 Killadeas Road Rossmore, Irvinestown Co. Fermanagh BT94 1PP Tel: 028 6862 1588 Cloghy Rocks
Nature Reserve Strangford, Co. Down BT22 1HS Tel: 028 4461 5520 T Crawfordsburn
Country Park Bridge Road South Helen’s Bay, Bangor Co Down BT19 1JT Tel: 028 9185 3621
Monastic Site Lower Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh, BT94 1PP Tel: 028 6862 1588
T Dundrum Castle
Dundrum Village Co Down, BT33 0LX Tel: 028 9181 1491
T Dunluce Castle
87 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, Co Antrim BT57 8UY Tel: 028 2073 1938
T Flame, Gasworks
Museum 44 Irish Quarter West Carrickfergus County Antrim BT38 8AT Tel: 028 9336 9575
T Grey Abbey
Greyabbey Village Co Down, BT22 2NQ Tel: 028 9181 1491
Grey Point Fort (Refer to Crawfordsburn Country Park details) Hillsborough Courthouse & Fort The Square, Main Street, Hillsborough, Co Down BT26 6AG Tel: 028 9335 1273
Downpatrick, County Down BT30 9AT Tel: 028 9181 1491
Kilclief Castle Newtownards, Co Down BT30 7PA Tel: 028 9181 1491 Killykeeghan Cottage Marlbank, Florencecourt Co Fermanagh, BT92 1FB Tel: 028 6862 1588 T Martello Tower
Magilligan Point, Point Road, Co Derry, BT47 4SE Tel: 028 7772 2074
T Navan Centre & Fort
81 Killylea Road Armagh BT60 4LD Tel: 028 3752 9644
T Nendrum Monastic Site
Mahee Island, Strangford Lough, Co Down BT23 6EP Tel: 028 9181 1491
Ness Country Park 50 Oughtagh Road Killaloo, Claudy Co Derry, BT4 3TR Tel: 028 7772 2074
T Quoile Pondage Nature
Reserve & Countryside Centre, 5 Quay Road, Downpatrick, Co Down BT30 7JB Tel: 028 4461 5520 RedburnCountry Park Bridge Road South Helen’s Bay, Bangor Co Down BT19 1JT Tel: 028 9185 2439
Roe Valley Country Park 41 Dogleap Road, Limavady, Co Derry BT49 9NN Tel: 028 7772 2074 Scrabo Country Park & Strangford Castle 203a Scrabo Road Newtownards Co Down, BT23 4SJ Tel: 028 9181 1491 Strangford Castle Castle Street Strangford BT30 7NF Tully Castle Loughshore Road Tully, Co Fermanagh BT93 6AY Tel: 028 6862 1588
T Peatlands Park
33 Derryhubbert Road Dungannon, Co Tyrone BT71 6NW Tel: 028 3885 1102
Portaferry Castle 1-8 The Strand Portaferry BT22 1PE
The Coastal Zone at Portrush National Nature Reserve, 8 Bath Road, Portrush Co Antrim, BT56 8AP Tel: 028 7082 3600
To avoid disappointment, call or visit www.discovernorthernireland.com/niea to check for opening times. For full details of how to get to each attraction by bus or train, use the Journey Planner on the Translink website: www.translink.co.uk or contact 028 9066 6630 60
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Create prosperity and well being through environment and heritage excellence. Northern Ireland Environment Agency Klondyke Building Cromac Avenue Gasworks Business Park Lower Ormeau Road Malone lower Belfast BT7 2JA T. 0845 302 0008 www.doeni.gov.uk/niea Historic Building & Monuments Waterman House 5-33 Hill St Town parks Belfast BT1 2LA T. 028 9054 3095