10 Things to Do in Cookstown That You Shouldn't Miss

November 27, 2017 Randal Brittian

Cookstown is a town and townland in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is the fourth largest town in the county and had a population of 22,838 in the 2011 Census]]. It is one of the main towns in the area of Mid-Ulster. It was founded around 1620 when the townlands in the area were leased by an English ecclesiastical lawyer, Dr. Alan Cooke, from the Archbishop of Armagh, who had been granted the lands after the Flight of the Earls during the Plantation of Ulster. It was one of the main centres of the linen industry West of the River Bann, and until 1956, the processes of flax spinning, weaving, bleaching and beetling were carried out in the town.
Restaurants in Cookstown

1. Lissan House

3 Drumglass Road, Cookstown BT80 9SW, Northern Ireland +44 28 8676 3312
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4.5 based on 70 reviews

Lissan House

Reviewed By Eamonn H

When we visited there was a small wedding taking place full of rude obnoxious guests, would check before visiting this place.

2. Beaghmore Stone Circles

Cookstown, Northern Ireland +44 28 8676 6727
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Beaghmore Stone Circles

Reviewed By Almostgreynomad - Sydney, Australia

Seven in total ... (that they have found so far) ..... Raison d'être ? ... not obvious.
Some circles are in pairs, but not all (aligned to solstice .. or other astrological markers). Another theory is that they relate to comets. They date from the Bronze Age, around 3500 years ago. Maybe people are just 'overthinking it ?' maybe they are just houses / shelters ..... or enclosures to keep livestock ? (think Ceide Fields from around same time period). Anyway, a lovely place to go for a stroll ... wear your walking boots or wellies .... very damp underfoot !
It is a 'dark sky' site ... so ... would be a lovely spot to go and star gaze !!

3. Drum Manor Forest Park

Cookstown BT80 9ED, Northern Ireland +44 28 8775 9311
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4 based on 88 reviews

Drum Manor Forest Park

Reviewed By thebluedoors - Cookstown, United Kingdom

Nice place anytime of the year. Kids can feed the ducks, plenty of open space for them to let off steam. Lovely for a picnic.

4. Davagh Forest Trails

Cookstown BT79 8JH, Northern Ireland
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5 based on 25 reviews

Davagh Forest Trails

The Davagh Forest Trails are located in the stunning Sperrin Mountains and offer some of Ireland's most exciting cross-country mountain biking. With mountain biking trails to suit all abilities as well as a pleasant riverside walking trail, Davagh Forest has it all. There is a skills course, pump track and bike wash as well as toilets and changing facilities located at the trailhead.

Reviewed By julesthereader - co.tyrone

Went here one Sunday afternoon with my kids. Great play park for them and very safe too. We went cycling as well. We stuck to the green trail as my youngest is only 8. Brilliant fun zipping through the forest. Will def be back to try the other trails.

5. Wellbrook Beetling Mill

20 Wellbrook Road | Corkhill, Cookstown BT80 9RY, Northern Ireland
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Wellbrook Beetling Mill

Reviewed By Brittany A - Clovis, New Mexico

This was a nice unexpected surprise. We stopped because it looked neat from the road but as we walked along the river it was simply beautiful! A must see if you are in the area. The Mill was not opened at the time we arrived so no inside view. The grounds were not block off and open to the public.

6. Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre

Burn Road, Cookstown BT80 8DN, Northern Ireland +44 28 8676 9949
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre

The Burnavon is the premier arts and cultural venue, and the hub of arts, drama, music, theatre and dance in Mid–Ulster. Open six days a week staging high quality Performances from Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm, the venue also has a varied arts and cultural programme of workshops and events that you can take part in, Irish language activities if you want to learn about a new culture, and a state of the art Tourist Information Centre if you want to explore the heritage and culture of the District or further afield. Contact Box Office for more details of events happening right now, or see our What's On listing on our website. The Burnavon is just the ticket for business meetings, seminars and conferences. Situated in the heart of Mid Ulster, our venue is easily accessible from all parts of Northern Ireland, offering a wide range of facilities, free parking and catering packages to suit all tastes and budgets. We look forward to welcoming you to the Burnavon!

Reviewed By Ballinascreen93 - Co Derry, NI

Great concert last night with Cliona Hagan, Philomena Begley and Ray Lynam. This was a packed house and was really very enjoyable. Cliona was particularly energetic, absolutely lovely singer and Phil and Ray finished up the evening with similar aplomb. It's a great venue, central with plenty car parking nearby. Good spot for Concerts.

7. Lough Fea

149 Lough Fea Road, Cookstown BT80 9TX, Northern Ireland
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Lough Fea

Reviewed By s10cud - Tyrone

Peace abounds around Lough Fea and 4 laps of this was a lovely 10 mile run! Not many facilities but beautiful scenery.

8. Tullyhogue Fort

Cookstown, Northern Ireland
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Tullyhogue Fort

Reviewed By mortyni - Cookstown, United Kingdom

Worth a visit although it is quite a steep walk to the top...but when you get there the views are spectacular ....you can see why it was some an important fort

9. Tullaghoge Fort

Cookstown, Northern Ireland +44 28 8676 6727
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4 based on 16 reviews

Tullaghoge Fort

Reviewed By Jayne G - Cookstown, United Kingdom

Tullyhogue Fort is a magical place which commands a spectacular view over the surrounding countryside. On a clear day you can even see the spires of St Patrick's RC Cathedral in the city of Armagh.
The unique silhouette of the fort , provided by the trees against the sky, means that from any high vantage point around its usually very easy to pick out the profile of Telac Og ( there are numerous versions of spelling ) amongst the many other forts visible.
It was the great capital of the northern O'Neills and their inauguration site for the Kings of Ulster since the year 993. Sadly, the Old Rectory, Ballymully Glebe, which was sited at the base of the hill on the village side is no more. ( the hill is a fairly steep climb ) Part of the inauguration stone used by the O'Neills was discovered in the walls of the Coach House there and subsequently removed to Desertcreat Parish Church which is also an historic landmark and well worth a visit. Love it all. History wraps around you with the comfort of a warm glove. Enjoy !

10. Cookstown Tourist Information Centre

Molesworth Street, Cookstown BT80 8NX, Northern Ireland +44 28 8676 6727
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5 based on 6 reviews

Cookstown Tourist Information Centre

Reviewed By Calum M

Housed within the modern local Arts Centre, the Cookstown tourist information centre provides a wealth of infformation about the locality for tourists and locals alike. With very pleasant and helpful staff, there is a wide range of tourist information booklets and leaflets to browse or take away with you. With a small gift shop attached to the centre, locally produced craft pieces and be viewed or purchased.
The Cookstown Tourist Information Centre is the place to visit if you need to gain more tourist knowledge about what can be seen and done within this beautiful part of N Ireland.

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