Be dazzled by the colourful floral displays throughout the seasons from the spring daffodils and rhododendrons to the russets of autumn. Watch the swans on the lake and explore the miles of interesting pathways that surround the parkland. Take advantage of the many facilities that the park has to offer from the children’s play and picnic areas to the orienteering trail, tennis courts, barbeque site, caravan park and game water fly fishery.
Annaginny Park Farm is home to a wide range of domestic and exotic animals including Wallaby, Rheas, Emu, Deer, Highland Cow, aquarium (with native fish) plus many more. The Park Farm offers a wonderful day out for all the family with country walks, picnic area and BBQ facilities also available. The site is home to a nature reserve, rainbow trout fishery and a caravan and camping park.
Parkanaur is a large, rambling romantic Tudor Revival house which has evolved through the years. The first house built on the property in 1800 was a small lodge which was extended in 1820. As the 19th century progressed both house and garden were greatly developed. Gate lodges were added and thousands of trees planted. Many tenants were forced from their tenancies to make way for the plantation.
The house is a time capsule with everything as it was at the turn of the century. A celebrated feature of the house is the magnificent cabinet barrel organ built by James Bishop of London, which is still in working order. There is a bewildering assortment of family treasures left by four generations. Beyond the house and garden there are 315 acres of woodland and parkland with many interesting walks to be explored. There is also a shop on site, a second-hand bookshop Blackwater Books and the Courtyard Coffee Shop where visitors can relax with a cup of coffee and some tasty home baked produce.
Visit the childhood home of the much-loved Victorian novelist William Carleton, well versed in Irish folklore and described by Yeats as ‘the greatest novelist of Ireland’. Why not take a driving/walking tour along the scenic Carleton Trail, sign posted throughout the Clogher Valley, with many interesting heritage sites along the way.
Take an imaginary ride into the past at this enchanting collection of coaches, carriages, cabs and buggies as well as horse-drawn farm machinery. Enjoy a lovely collection of fashions from yesteryear. Among the numerous coaches on display is an 1825 London – Oxford stagecoach.
The Ulster American Folk Park is an outdoor museum of emigration which tells the remarkable story of the vast human tide of emigration, from Ireland, to the New World of North America. The Old World and New World layout of the Park illustrates the various aspects of emigrant life on both sides of the Atlantic. Traditional thatched buildings, American log houses and a full-scale replica emigrant ship and the dockside gallery help to bring a bygone era back to life. Costumed demonstrators go about their everyday tasks including spinning, open hearth cookery, printing and blacksmithing.