Categories: Family Friendly

As Northern Ireland’s largest county, Tyrone is the daddy of them all when it comes to fun and adventure. You’ll pack loads into a few days here. So, pack your bikes and helmets, walking boots and fleeces, and gear for mucking about in. Hey, pack the dog if you feel like it. You’re all going to have a weekend you’ll never forget. Ready? Good, ‘cos we’ve got things to do, great food to eat and places to stay. 

High energy fun things to do 

You could kick things off at Todds Leap Activity Centre where a family package gives you unlimited activities to try including paintballing, zorbing, ziplining, archery, blindfold driving, off-road driving, JCB driving and clay pigeon shooting. So, lock and load your list. You can even stay here if you can’t get enough of the place. Alternatively, check out the untouched wonder of Davagh Forest near Cookstown. Your bike-loving kids will love this place with fast red trails to test their riding skills. But you can ride family-friendly trails too or give the short skills course a go. Or you could start in Fivemiletown on the gorgeous Blessingbourne Country Estate. Your younger ones will love meeting the animals on the working farm or bopping along on the fun bike trails. While your older gang can have a right try on its exhilarating mountain bike premier trails…whoosh!  

Low energy fun things to do 

They can’t run on adrenalin all weekend – and neither can you. So, let’s take it down a notch for some less frenetic fun. 

Create your own family memories at the majestic location of An Creagán nestled in the ancient foothills of the Sperrin Mountains surrounded by breathtaking bogland and fab forests. Perfect for recharging everyone’s bodily batteries. Step back into history at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh and see buildings and streets as they were centuries ago. Check out the life-sized emigrant ship, help out a blacksmith, teach a lesson in the old schoolhouse or grab a photo opp in period costume. A family picnic at Gortin Glen is one of life’s simple pleasures and a great end to a family weekend too. 

Great family places to eat  

All that activity can work up an appetite, so some family nosh is definitely on the menu. The Loco Bar & Grill at the Valley Hotel in Fivemiletown offers good value and choice including a kids’ menu. Check out the Yankee Star Grillhouse in Coalisland for American style cooking and awesome desserts - always a family favourite. If you’re in Dungannon, the locals say the Sunday carvery lunch menu in Viscounts Restaurant is rather legendary! We can’t disagree. You’ll find the Shepherd’s Rest family-run pub tucked away in the Sperrins the perfect place to rest, revive and move on after a brisk walk. For a laid-back lunch, look no further than Sallys in Omagh. It’s got everything you want, so there’s no humming and hawing from the kids. Staying in Omagh, Pizzarama is popular for a fast food filler. Or if you want more variety head to Grants or Philly’s Phinest, both noted for their excellent steaks and burgers. You’ll never go hungry in Tyrone, that’s for sure…yum! 

Best family places to stay 

For your full family getaway, the Silverbirch Hotel (3*) in Omagh is the perfect base for discovering the famed Sperrin Mountains and Gortin Lakes. While in nearby Cookstown, you’ll find the Glenavon House Hotel (3*) and Tullylagan Country House Hotel (3*) are ideally located for your day trips to the mountains, lakes or even Belfast’s hustle and bustle. 

Tyrone has camping, glamping and caravanning locations galore too. Sperrin View Glamping is the perfect spot to gaze at the stars. Or simply book in, rock up and hook up at Drum Manor Forest Park outside Cookstown. In Blessingbourne Courtyard Apartments (3* & 4*), grab yourself an award-winning self-catering home away from home. Bring the whole gang – including the family pet! Maybe one of the delightful self-catering cottages in An Creagán (3* & 4*), is more your thing. Or to add to your adventure at Todds Leap you could always rent one of their log cabins or funky refurbed containers…zzz! 

That’s your weekend sorted 

Tyrone is packed with all sorts of goodies no matter what kind of family weekend you have in mind – high octane or lo-fi. 

Todds Leap Activity Centre
Activity Centre
Todds Leap Activity Centre

Todds Leap is a Multi Award Winning Activity Centre based in Ballygawley, County Tyrone.

Davagh Forest Trails
Land Adventure
Davagh Forest Trails

Located approximately 6 miles north west of Cookstown, in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains, Davagh Forest offers gentle mountain biking and walking trails as well as an impressive 16km red trail with some rock slab drops you will never forget!

Blessingbourne Mountain Bike Trails and Pump Track
Mountain Biking Trails
Blessingbourne Mountain Bike Trails and Pump Track

The Blessingbourne Mountain Bike Trails, near Fivemiletown, lie in the heart of the Clogher Valley close to the border between counties Tyrone and Fermanagh.

An Creagán
Visitor Centres & Museums
An Creagán

Situated at the foothills of the Sperrins, An Creagán is distinctively designed to mirror the archaeological sites of the area and give you the opportunity to step back in time. It also offers a range of archaeological and environmental information.

Ulster American Folk Park
Visitor Centres & Museums
Ulster American Folk Park

Journey back in time at the Ulster American Folk Park, from the Old World of Ulster to the New World of America.

Gortin Glen Forest Park
Nature and Wildlife
Gortin Glen Forest Park

There are over 10km of walking trails, a 6km scenic drive, wildfowl enclosure and deer enclosure and a new children's playpark to enjoy and explore.

The Valley Hotel Restaurant
Restaurant
A family having a meal in the Valley Hotel

Simple sophistication and family hospitality charaterise this country hotel. Cosmopolitan decor and dishes of the world add a modern twist to the 1685 historic building.

The Valley Hotel
Hotel
The Valley Hotel

This is truly a magnificent small, modern, contemporary, family run three star hotel, offering excellent service accommodation and award winning cuisine. The hotel is situated at the gateway to the famous Fermanagh Lakelands.

Sallys of Omagh
Restaurant
Sallys of Omagh

One of Northern Ireland's most celebrated venues, Sallys has been trading under the brand name in Omagh for 30 years building up a reputation for excellence in food, drink and live entertainment.

Silverbirch Hotel
Hotel
Silverbirch Hotel

Award winning family 3 star hotel located in heart of Tyrone and the Sperrins in Omagh. Food served daily from 12:00-21:00. Dedicated Business Centre, wedding facilities, spa packages, afternoon tea,Sunday lunch, near the Ulster American Folk Park.

Glenavon House Hotel
Hotel
Glenavon House Hotel

Located at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains, this centrally located 3 star hotel is an ideal base, with ensuite rooms, restaurant, bar and lounge and leisure centre with pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi & fitness suite.

Sperrin View Glamping
Guest Accommodation
Sperrin View Glamping

This unique glamping site is situated in Northern Ireland's only designated dark sky site. Each pod features it's own specially manufactured viewing window, allowing guests to lay in bed a gaze upon the stars.

Blessingbourne Courtyard Apartments
Self-Catering
Blessingbourne Courtyard Apartments

Our collection of Award Winning self-catering accommodation includes five beautifully appointed Courtyard Apartments. Our collection of Self Catering apartments are Pet friendly.

An Creagán (3 bedroom) - Copney
Self-Catering
An Creagán (3 bedroom) - Copney

The cottage is designed in a traditional fashion with half door and has a number of features similar to the old cottages of the area, it is situated in a small clachan (group of stone buildings) with 3 other cottages.

Todds Leap Activity Centre
Activity Centre
Todds Leap Activity Centre

Todds Leap is a Multi Award Winning Activity Centre based in Ballygawley, County Tyrone.