New places to explore as part of heritage event

Date published: 07 September 2017

This year properties and locations are opening to the public for the first time during European Heritage Open Days weekend (Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September). Almost 400 buildings are part of the event.

Carnfunnock Country Park

Among the highlights of the new locations is Carnfunnock Country Park. It offers over 191 hectares of mixed woodland and colourful gardens against a backdrop of spectacular coastline, with panoramic views of the Antrim coast and North Channel. 

Cornmarket Yard, Enniskillen

In Enniskillen, visit the Cornmarket Yard, open this year for the first time. This was the site of fairs in the olden days and the local volunteers will help visitors discover the history of the area.

The Market Cross in the centre of the yard has a history of its own to tell. There’ll also be a local history fair and a demonstration of crochet-work on Saturday 9 September.

Ennish Scutch Mill, Dungannon

Why not take the opportunity to visit a property not normally open to the public, such as Ennish Scutch Mill in Dungannon. A small family-owned 18th Century mill complex, it was originally a corn mill and later converted to a flax scutch mill.

Now restored to full working order by its current owner, there will be ‘scutching’ (beating the flax) demonstrations showing how flax plants become linen threads at this traditional stoned building in a beautiful riverside location. 

Killymoon Castle, Cookstown

Killymoon Castle in Cookstown (pictured) was built for James Stewart in 1671 and has recently had extensive restoration. Designed by the famous London architect John Nash, the castle was Nash's first Irish design and cost £80,000. 

European Heritage Open Days

If you want to find out more about what and when properties are opening, what events are on, and if you need to book, you can get information and download the brochure at the following link:

Keep up-to-date with European Heritage Open Days on Facebook and on Twitter (@ehodni).

The weekend promises to have something for everyone so why not come along and enjoy a little bit of history right on your doorstep?

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