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Davagh Forest, Cookstown, County Tyrone, BT79 8JH

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From the Bronze Age Beaghmore Stone Circles at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains, to the twinkling blanket of night sky above you, the brand new Stars and Stones experience is a unique and unforgettable chance to connect with land and sky, past and present, long held facts and eternal mysteries.

The seven stone circles of Beaghmore, near Cookstown, in County Tyrone - an area of outstanding natural beauty - were re-discovered in the 1930s by a peat cutter, and an archaeological excavation followed. It was a most fortunate find.

These ancient, intriguing and atmospheric low rocks lure you back thousands of years, deep into the past, when people marked their time by the sun, stars and planets. And as a local storyteller recounts timeless, often repeated tales connected with the stones, modern life with all its stresses, noise and technology feels like a very distant memory. 

A short walk from Beaghmore takes you to Northern Ireland’s first Dark Sky Observatory, featuring state-of-the-art stargazing equipment. The skies here in Davagh Forest are some of the the darkest on the island, with minimal light pollution allowing you to savour some exceptionally clear views of star constellations.

At the observatory, which opens in 2020, you can also travel through space with a virtual reality headset, explore the solar system, and enjoy holographic installations. And don’t forget the centrepiece: a brilliant stargazing telescope.

As evening falls, the observatory transforms into a magical lightshow, when myths and legends abound and our ancestors are linked to the sky up above.

This is the night sky at its brightest and best – and how it would have been seen many centuries ago.

Facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • Gift Shop
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Open Evenings
  • Open Mondays
  • Open Sundays

Catering

  • Picnic Area
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Suitable for Children

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Toilets

Leisure Facilities

  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Dogs accepted by arrangement

Travel & Trade

  • Family Discount
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Opening Times

* Sunday -Thursday 11:00 - 19:00
Friday - Saturday 11:00 - 21:00

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