Hundreds of Heritage Sites to open their doors for European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland

Celebrated on 14 and 15 September, 2019’s European Heritage Open Days in Northern Ireland will include over 100 heritage-inspired events. This year’s theme is “Arts and Entertainment,” offering a new perspective on the history and culture of the country. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the secrets of various archaeological sites, museums, medieval castles, religious buildings, and many other historic places.

Numerous guided tours, outdoor events, workshops, and performances will be organised for people of all ages and interests. Below are some of the highlights.

Film Night at Enniskillen Castle

The remarkable 16th century Enniskillen Castle will celebrate EHODNI with an event that will explore cinematography in the Irish language. Strategically situated near the River Erne in County Fermanagh, the castle had an important role in the Northern Ireland’s history and is now a home to two museums: Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum. In this extraordinary setting, visitors will have a chance to watch three short Irish language films during EHODNI and rediscover their history.

Tall Tales and Local Legends

An international artist in residence, Randel McGee, will give a special performance during EHODNI in Omagh, Tyrone. His Tall Tales & Local Legends event will involve puppets and storytelling to help bring heritage and history to young people. The event is open for children aged three and above.

Meet HMS Caroline, Belfast’s Floating Museum

The only Royal Navy cruiser ship to return from the 1916 Battle of Jutland was recently restored and is ready to tell its story. HMS Caroline has been turned into a floating museum, and was nominated as a Museum of the Year Award Finalist in 2018! It now offers a unique view of Northern Ireland’s maritime past.

A Tour through Warrenpoint Municipal Park

Opened in 1907 and recently restored as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund's Parks for People scheme, Warrenpoint Municipal Park is a treasure trove of tales about local lives and lifestyles. During this year’s EHODNI, the park will gather the local community for a special performance. On Sunday, 15 September, a band will be performing at the centre of the park in the afternoon, which will be an excellent opportunity to have fun while exploring heritage. For the entire weekend, visitors will also be able to participate in a guided tour to learn about the park’s history from those who know it best.

The full programme will be available on 12 August on the Discover Northern Ireland website. Follow EHODNI Facebook page for the latest news.