Official tourism website for Northern Ireland

Sion Stables - Museum and Restaurant 1861

120A Melmount Road, Sion Mills, County Tyrone, BT82 9ET
Sion Stables - Museum and Restaurant 1861

Book Tickets Online


Formerly the 19th century stable block attached to the nearby Sion House, Sion Stables has won awards for the way in which this listed building has been sensitively conserved and brought to life again. Sion Stables houses a museum, licensed restaurant and seminar room and is an initiative of Sion Mills Buildings Preservation Trust and Hearth.

The exhibits tell the story of the historic linen village and bring alive the stories of the mill-owners, the mill-workers and the production of Irish Linen. Herdmans Flax-Spinning Mill was built in 1835 by brothers James, John & George Herdman. Sion Mills was chosen as a rural idyll with available labour and waterpower. The vision was to create a moral, temperate, educated, non-sectarian community in the northwest of Ireland, which was already a prolific flax-growing region. They built a model village with school, churches, and recreational facilities. This is a self-guided facility with an opportunity to view the exhibits at your own pace. Recommended time is approximately sixty minutes.

The Heritage Education Centre is a purpose-built facility for seminars or functions, annexed to the original stable block and built in a similar style. The centre is self-contained with separate disabled and unisex toilets and a small kitchenette. With underfloor heating, a projector and large screen the room can seat 55 people and catering can be arranged. A concertina glass door, which looks out on the courtyard, can be opened in good weather. Guided tours and lectures available for groups with special interests in industrial and architectural heritage.

Restaurant 1861 at Sion Stables offers a modern café and restaurant experience in an old world setting. The restaurant is operated by Kevin Myers, Head Chef, and the hardworking Restaurant 1861 team open six days a week, offering breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Their mission is ‘to offer a warm welcome and unique dining experience to all our guests’.
"The quality and standard of our food is paramount and everything else is build around that. We hope that you enjoy 'the 1861 experience'.

Open 6 days a week (closed Mondays) from 12 noon with last orders at 20:30 and 21:00 on Friday and Saturday.
Reserve Table and Pricing: 028 8165 9880

The restaurant is fully licensed.

Book Tickets


Attraction Facilities

  • Guided Tours Available
  • Open Evenings
  • Open Sundays


  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Suitable for Children

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • Euros accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Free (parking charges may apply)

Guide Prices

No admission charge for museum but donations appreciated.
Pre-booked, guided walking tour of Sion Mills, with introductory talk in Sion Stables £150 per group.

Add Sion Stables - Museum and Restaurant 1861 to your Itinerary

Check availability for Sion Stables - Museum and Restaurant 1861 (opens in a new window)

Close window

Call direct on:

Tel+44 (0) 28 8165 9772

Map & Directions

Opening Times

* Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 20:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 20:30
Closed Monday

What's Nearby

  1. Situated in the heart of Strabane, Gray's looks like any other shop front. However,…

    2.74 miles away
  2. The Alley Arts and Conference Centre is a theatre complex, art gallery, visitor…

    2.86 miles away
  3. Two acre garden with mixed plantings suitable for the soil conditions. Woodland plants,…

    5.8 miles away
  4. Thought to have been built around 1320 by a local chieftain of the O’Neill clan, but…

    5.9 miles away
  5. The power of the O’Neill chieftains in Tyrone came to an end in 1607. Defeated in battle…

    5.96 miles away
  6. Pet, feed and play with animals at Barrontop Fun Farm - from baby chicks to snakes, giant…

    7.28 miles away
  7. This Castle commands a strategic location on the River Derg. Recent excavations revealed…

    7.39 miles away
  8. This well preserved and unusual monument is in an extensive area of blanket peat near the…

    8.94 miles away
  9. A megalithic, wedge-shaped tomb dating from around 4,000 - 4,500 years ago. The roof of…

    10.02 miles away
  10. Journey back in time at the Ulster American Folk Park, from the Old World of Ulster to…

    10.31 miles away
  11. The small, pointed hills which are synonymous with Boorin where formed when the melting…

    11.04 miles away
  12. Explore the grounds & meet the farm animals.
    Come and take a walk through history as you…

    11.14 miles away
  13. The Abingdon Collection represents over 45 years of passionate collecting and is divided…

    11.25 miles away
  14. There are over 10km of walking trails, a 6km scenic drive, wildfowl enclosure and deer…

    11.5 miles away
  15. St Patrick's well and Magherakeel Monastic Site is a popular landmark located near the…

    11.8 miles away
  16. The present St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland parish church at Bodoney (known locally as…

    13.52 miles away

Virtual Tour

Map & Directions

Back to Top

Tourism Northern Ireland

Don't Miss