I'd not intended to visit this place, thinking it might be over-touristy. But I did go in the end, and it wasn't over-touristy at all.
It's a favourite stop for tour groups though (Irish and Czech coaches were there when I was) so it's probably best to visit out of season or when the park opens at 10am (I did).
The buildings are all either relocated originals (many of them) or accurate replicas. There's also a good exhibition tracing the history of emigration from Ulster to the US, which was happening long before the Potato Famine, including stories of individuals who made the journey.
Buildings range from the poorest one-room caban of Ulster to large log farmhouses of the Appalachians. Each is furnished accurately, and many have 'inhabitants' who will talk to you about their buildings and their lives.
The transition between 'Ulster' and 'America' is via an emigrant ship....a very atmospheric transition indeed.
Well worth visiting this place. I learned a lot more than I expected from walking around it and reading the various bits of information. And the woodland setting is lovely.
The Garden of Light is a memorial to the 29 people who lost their lives in the 1998 bombing.
It lies just outside the town centre, across the road by the bus station and a bit further along on the left.
A small pool, with waterlilies. The names of those who died inscribed on stone surrounding the pool. 31 mirrors, one for each person (one woman was pregnant with twins), reflect the sun's rays onto a glass obelisk at the site of the explosion in the main street.
The website below explains more, as does the website I've given on my Omagh page.
A quiet place, a place to think for a while. An essential place to visit when in Omagh.
The logo would suggest that this area of town resembles the sterotyped ideal of mid-west america beloved of Disney world and theme parks everywhere.
Quite what this has to do with a small paved back street in the otherwise dowdy town of Omagh, I have no idea.
The branding of this area of town has clearly been a success. The selection of shops and bars / restaurants is clearly european/British rather than American - but it works. The Cafe Rue, in particular, seemed very popular. It's overpriced burgers were at least a good meal. Sitting out on the roofed over street was a pleasant enough thing to do. In terms of food, the new 'Flourworks' promises home-made pizza. It was opening within a couple of days of my visit - and I hope it is a winner !
I love these 'living history' museums but am often disappointed when they turn out to be a bit ramshackle and half-hearted affairs. Thankfully, this one is excellent.
It covers the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 17th and 18th century. The first part is what life was like in Ireland at those times, with reconstructions of typical housing, church etc. There are also actors playing the role of people from those times who can show how they did various things like weaving and candle-making. It's a lot more interesting than I make it sound! :)
At the mid-way point visitors enter a building that contains a reconstruction of an Irish dockside (I think some of the buildings are actually relocated originals) complete with the uncomfortable sailing ship emigrants would have travelled on.
Moving on outside, visitors arrive in the New World, at a port scene bases on Baltimore with typical buildings from there.
The second part of the exhibition is all about what life was like for the new Americans, the jobs they did and the houses they lived in. Pretty impressive when I realised they built these things with their own two hands!
This is an outdoor living history park in County Tyrone. It has reconstructions of, and information on, buildings, especially residential structures, in Ulster going back thouands of years. There are Stone Age and Iron-age structures as well as a reconstructed Plantation settlement, all describing the life of the inhabitants. There is also a round tower, a dolmen, and other structures. In addition, it provides a nice walk and wonderful verdant countryside.
Excellent place to stay. Quiet and owners can't do enough for their guests. You fell right at home...more
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