One of the six counties of Northern Ireland, County Tyrone stands proud as a beautiful county largely dominated by an array of mesmerising countryside and many small villages and towns. There is no city to be found in Tyrone but you can certainly experience the charm and warmth of Tyrone in Omagh – Tyrone’s main town. In and around Omagh is the pride of both Tyrone and Derry – the shared joy of the Sperrin Mountains. There are plenty of cultural and historical reference points in Tyrone and you’ll never be short of a thing or two to do.
Omagh is home to one of four members of the National Museums of Northern Ireland – The Ulster American Folk Park. This is an amazing place for young and old. A day at the Ulster American Folk Park is not just a great opportunity to learn about Irish American immigration but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to experience one of Northern Ireland’s finest open air museums. Whilst in and around Omagh, be sure to see Mullaghmore House – situated just outside the town. Mullaghmore House is a grade B+ listed Georgian house which has been beautifully restored. You’ll be amazed at all the house boasts, a steam room, a library with a bar, sun terraces and period gardens. And this house is the birth place of Hollywood’s very own Sam Neil.
Outside Omagh you’ll find the Sperrin Mountains – an iconic image of Northern Ireland and a dream come true for those seeking to discover untouched natural Irish beauty. Gortin Glens Forest Park sits at the heart of Tyrone and is often said to be the gateway to the Sperrin Mountains – and is just as beautiful. You can take a scenic drive here or better yet – head for a walk, feed the ducks and see the deer inclosure. Other parks include Peatlands Park which covers more than 250 hectares; half of this scenic park is designated as a National Nature Reserve to protect the rich variety of flora and fauna held here. Tyrone is a beautifully scenic county, and with such an array of busy little town and villages – you’ll be sure to stumble upon a beautiful site, an interesting piece of history or a friendly local.
Tyrone has a popular nightlife scene – with people travelling from neighbouring counties to visit clubs like Sally’s of Omagh or Sense in Dungannon. Sally’s is also a great pub and popular choice for locals for both food and socialising. If nightclubs aren’t your thing – don’t fear, Tyrone is home to an abundance of charming Irish pubs, McCanns Bar in Omagh is a fantastic example – live traditional music and a turf fire in the smoking area – you’ll feel at home here immediately. And if you’re feeling peckish after a long day discovering what Tyrone’s county town has to offer – head to Grants on George Street for a bit to eat.