Omagh in County Tyrone is the county seat of this Northern Ireland county. It is located where the Drumragh and Camowen rivers meet to form the Strule. This town is said to be among the oldest towns in Ireland dating all the way back to 792 AD. Thanks to its size there are many things for families and visitors to do while visiting Omagh.
The Gortin Glens Forest Park is roughly located 10 miles north of Omagh. This large forest has many attractions. You can simply enjoy the natural beauty of the scenery. Wander the forest and find many different lakes, streams and yes, even a waterfall or two. There are also deer enclosures so that you might be able to see the deer up close.
There is also the Ulster American folk Park. This includes the cottage where Thomas Mellon was born in 1813. He lived here until he was five and his family migrated to Pennsylvania in the United States. Mr. Mellon's son went on to become the Secretary to the Us Treasury. This park is an open-air museum and it explores the journey made by many Irishmen (and women) to the United States during the 1800s. It is specifically centered on the Irish natives from the Ulster area that made this journey. It is best to head to this park/museum during holidays such as Easter, Christmas, Halloween and the Fourth of July. There are always large events that surround these holidays, so this is the time to go and enjoy the fun.
There are many other parks that litter the Omagh scenery. Over twenty of these parks have play areas for children to burn off some of that energy and lots of open areas for families to lounge and just enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. Grange Park is one of these such parks. Located near the town center Grange has a leisure center, boating pond, cycle paths and Astroturf pitches to play sports on. It is also near the large public Omagh Leisure Complex.
If you are looking for shopping Omagh is the place to do it. With several retail outlets plus malls you will find no shortage of anything you could be looking for. From named brands to quaint local shops you can find it all. You should be able to find that special keepsake to take home with you.
And for those who are interested in food, you can get anything from gourmet to fast food here. Even popular American fast food is found in this metropolis so those visiting from the states can still get their favorite tasty treats.
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