Ulster History Park, County Tyrone
Located near Gortin Glen Forest Park, the Ulster History Park, an open air museum north of Omagh in County Tyrone, is well worth a detour. Open the door to the past and take a walk around 10,000 years of history. From Stone Age camp to sophisticated manor dwelling, the story of Irish settlement is told on a grand scale at this History Park.
The open-air museum traces the influx of migrants to Northern Ireland from 8,000BC. Visitors can tour fourteen full-scale reconstructions of homes and monuments set out in chronological order at the thirty-five acre site. The varied structures illustrate the building styles of different eras and hint at the conditions faced by the communities housed inside. The tour begins with a Mesolithic camp from around 8,000BC and goes all the way to a seventeenth century plantation settlement, complete with working corn mill - the final example of historic housing.
Throughout the site, vast stone monuments stand in testimony to the engineering skill of early settlers. The Park houses stone tombs, stone circles, single standing stones and an impressive stone dolmen.
The Park was officially opened in 1990. Today there is an exhibition gallery, an audio-visual theatre and a fine restaurant alongside the main Park.
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