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Ardboe Cross

Ardboe Cross is an impressive 10th century, 18 feet high Celtic cross which has carved on it 22 panels of biblical scenes from both the Old and New Testaments. This cross, which has been declared as 'the finest High Cross in Ireland', was one of many erected throughout the land at the time when Christianity was flourishing in Ireland.

Location: Ardboe

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An Creagan Visitor Centre

The An Creagan Visitor Centre provides information on archaeological and geological aspects of the county through exhibition and displays.

Location: Creggan

Beaghmore Stone Circles

Beaghmore Stone Circles consists of seven mysterious Bronze Age stone circles and cairns; these were excavated from the surrounding bog land.

Location: Beaghmore, near Cookstown

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Benburb Valley Heritage Centre & Park

Benburb Valley Heritage Centre is based in a 19th century linen producing mill located beside the Ulster Canal. The visitor can view the machineries used in the various stages of linen production. There are also exhibits on the Battle of Benburb. Nearby is picturesque Benburb Valley Park where the visitor can ride horses in the forests, play golf and also try angling in the River Blackwater which flows through it.

Location: Benburb

Cornmill Heritage Centre

Cornmill Heritage Centre provides insight, through exhibits and audio-visual shows, into the development of the Coalisland area over the past 3 centuries. The name Coalisland is derived from the fact that the area was subjected to an era of 'coal rush' when coal mining flourished. The centre is also the scene of an international folk music festival which is held during summer.

Location: Coalisland

Drum Manor Forest Park

Drum Manor Forest Park has interesting wildlife and walking trails to explore.

Location: Cookstown

Dun Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre

Dun Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre is where the visitor learns about the music, literature and other cultural aspects of the area. It contains a small museum, gallery and library. During the summer months, each week the centre hosts a full programme of events ending with an Irish Cabaret.

Location: Omagh

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Grant Ancestral Home

The Grant Ancestral Home is where John Simpson, the great grandfather of Ulysses Simpson Grant, 18th President of the USA, was born in 1738 and emigrated to America in 1760. Ulysses Simpson commanded the Union Army during the American civil war and was twice elected as President. The ancestral home has been fully restored, and the nearby visitor centre has information as well as displays on Ulysses Simpson Grant, the American civil war and rural life of the time.

Location: Dergina, Ballygawley, near Dungannon

Gray's Printing Press John Dunlap

Gray's Printing Press is where John Dunlap, who in 1776 printed the first copies of the American Declaration of Independence and published America's first newspaper - The Pennsylvania Packet, learnt his printing skills as an apprentice.

American Declaration Of Independence

The shop front has remained unchanged since the 18th century and inside the printing press room there are exhibits and audio-visual shows outlining the role played by John Dunlap in the printing of the independence declaration. The shop front has remained unchanged since the 18th century and inside the printing press room there are exhibits and audio-visual shows outlining the role played by John Dunlap in the printing of the independence declaration.

Location: Strabane

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Gortin Glen Forest Park

Gortin Glen Forest Park is a large park providing many scenic views. There are a number of walking trails which lead to areas that offer spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Location: near Omagh

Sperrin Heritage Centre

Sperrin Heritage Centre houses an exhibition on the history and geological characteristics of the Sperrin region and mountains which was famous for its gold. The Heritage Centre is situated in the picturesque Glenelly valley where the visitor can try panning for gold in the Glenelly River and explore the scenic surrounds using many walking trails.

Location: Plumbridge

Tyrone Crystal

Tyrone Crystal is a world famous Northern Ireland product. The visitor can see first hand at the Tyrone Crystal factory how exquisite fine glass crystal works are produced through the mouth blowing, hand cutting and engraving stages.

Location: Dungannon

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Ulster American Folk Park

Ulster American Folk Park is an outdoor museum of 18th and 19th century social history of Northern Ireland as well as America. It tells the the story of the potato famine, the subsequent large scale emigration to America and the contribution made by the Irish emigrants to the development of America. The park contains exhibitions and full scale replicas of thatched cottages, barns, log cabins and workshops showing the life-style of emigrants in Northern Ireland and America during the period. Each September the Appalachian Music Festival is held in the park grounds.

Location: Castletown, near Omagh

Ulster History Park

Ulster History Park, set in beautiful woodlands, contains models of homes and monuments which illustrate ten thousand years of history of settlement in Ireland starting from Stone Age right up to the 17th century.

Location: Gortin Glen, near Omagh

Wellbrook Beetling Mill

Wellbrook Beetling Mill is a water powered 18th century linen hammer mill. There are exhibitions and also demonstrations of beetling which is the last stage in the production of linen when it is pounded with hammers to give it their sheen.

Location: Cookstown

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Wilson Ancestral Home

The Wilson Ancestral Home belonged to James Wilson, grandfather of Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the USA and Noble Peace Prize winner. The ancestral home has remained practically the same since James Wilson emigrated to America in 1807. The nearby farmhouse is still occupied by descendants of the Wilson family.

Location: Dergalt, near Strabane

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