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Sion Stables

120A Melmount Road, Sion Mills, County Tyrone, BT82 9ET
Sion Stables

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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.

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Attraction Facilities

  • Guided Tours Available
  • Open Evenings
  • Open Sundays

Catering

  • 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)

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No admission charge for museum but donations appreciated.

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* Monday CLOSED
Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm
(Can be opened on request)

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