Cookstown is located in more or less the exact centre of Northern Ireland. This makes it the ideal springboard for exploring the country by car, it also makes it an easy destination to reach, just 48 miles to the east of the capital Belfast, with its two airports. What’s more Cookstown itself has developed a number of hotels and amenities that provide the perfect welcome for visitors.
The hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts in Cookstown allow visitors to access two contrasting sides of Northern Ireland. On the one hand, accommodation in the heart of the city will enable you to explore the best and most varied shopping on the island, and a nightlife scene to match, whilst, on the other, the lodges and inns towards the outskirts of the town provide direct access to some of the natural beauty of Ireland.
To the west, you’ll find the unspoiled beauty of the Sperrin Mountains and Drum Manor forest park, to the east, Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Choose the right accommodation and you’ll be able to enjoy all of the faces of Ireland: ancient and modern and urban and rural.
The A29 runs right through Cookstown north to south, and is the longest and widest shopping street in the whole of Ireland. Not only is the street itself lined with a selection of high street names and smaller independent stores, but the streets leading off to either side are equally packed with retail offerings.
The good news is that the area is also provided with a large number of hotels, bed and breakfasts and guesthouses. After all, if you’ve spent the day pounding the shop floor and wearing out the credit card, the last thing you want is a long walk back to the peace and quiet of your hotel room.
Although the area around the centre of Cookstown is undoubtedly the most vibrant and active district, the city also has much to offer in the way of history and landscape. Those looking for somewhere quieter to stay, particularly away from the nightlife of some parts of central Cookstown, should seek out the bed and breakfasts and hotels spread out along the A505 Drum Road, leading out of Cookstown towards the rural splendour to the west. Many of these establishments offer stunning views over the river Ballinderry and direct access to the footpaths and walkways of the wide open spaces around the Sperrin Mountains.
Whilst the hotels and guesthouses close to the centre of Cookstown offer accommodation aimed at taking advantage of the amenities on offer in the bustling city itself, those situated closer to the outskirts of the town, often country lodges, offer a more luxurious experience, including fine dining, health and beauty spas and sprawling private grounds.
Whether you’re looking for a family holiday, a chance to sample the famous Irish nightlife or a luxury treat to celebrate a special anniversary, you’re bound to find a hotel in Cookstown which meets your needs. Whether it’s a guesthouse close to the shops, a hostel within easy reach of the mountains or a luxury hotel in splendid isolation, you’ll find a room which lets you take full advantage of a stay in the heart of Ireland.