Lurgan Park is the second largest urban park in Ireland; the park is steeped in history dating back to the late 1700’s and in the past along with Lurgan Golf Club formed part of the Demesne of Lurgan House, now called Brownlow House. Lurgan Park recently went through a major refurbishment project supported by HLF to a total of £1.4 million.
The park is over 250 acres in size and boosts many paths for walking, a super play area and large green spaces. The park can be found tucked in behind the market town of Lurgan and can be described as a ‘hidden gem’. The Park Lake has been stocked with Roach, Breem and Tench and there are 20 newly constructed fishing stands allowing the visiting angler excellent access to this beautiful resource. Rowing boats are available to hire on the Lake on certain weekends from April to September from 1pm – 5pm, weather dependent and cost £2.00 per person, maximum number per boat is four and all children must be supervised by an adult. The Lake or ‘mill dam’ was dug by hand during the 18th Century and served both as an ornament surrounded by landscaped walks and as a power source to drive Brownlow’s corn mill in the townland of Dougher.
Just off Junction 10 on the M1 Motorway, Oxford Island is a haven of natural beauty teeming with wildlife. Offering breathtaking views of Lough Neagh, 4 miles of walks, 5 bird watching hides, and children’s play area and Lough Neagh Discovery Centre featuring a stunning restaurant with a split level mezzanine floor with gift shop offering local crafts. Perfect fun for a family day out.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9–5; Saturday 10–5 and *Sunday 10–5; *From Easter Centre opens on Sunday until 6. July and August: Monday – Friday 9–6; Saturday and Sunday 10–6.
Craigavon Water Sports Centre
Kayaking, banana Boating, water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, whether you are an expert or just want to try something new, everyone is catered for. Or if you prefer to keep your feet on dry land then why not hire; a bike and take a trip on Northern Ireland’s first mountain biking trail, climbing tower, orienteering or a stroll around the lakes. Café on site; showers and equipment for all activities Admission charges: charges apply and booking in advance essential
The three golf courses are set in mature parkland and offer many challenges.
In addition there is a floodlit driving range, two putting greens and café on site. Booking advised.
Facilities include: 18 hole golf course; 9 hole Par 3 course; 12 hole pitch & putt course; driving range; putting green; 300ft main slope; nursery slope; ski & golf tuition; car park; toilets; changing rooms; café.
Admission charge: fee applies and is dependent upon activity.
Craigavon Ski Centre
Situated in beautiful wooded surroundings, the centre is Northern’s Ireland’s only outdoor artificial ski slope.
The 300ft main slope, nursery slope and snow tubing facilities ensure the whole family is catered for.
Waves Leisure Complex
Facilities include: 25m x 12m main swimming pool; 5m x 12m learner swimming pool; health suite; body zone; aerobics room; mall restaurant.
Tannaghmore Gardens, Animal Farm and Barn Museum
A tourist attraction offering close encounters with many rare breeds of animal found on farms in Ulster 100 years ago, many of which are now rare and close to extinction. The Barn Museum shows enchanting displays of farming activities in Co Armagh in days gone by. Tannaghmore Gardens also features beautiful rose gardens, picnic areas, and a children’s play area as well as plant nurseries. A great family day out! Groups and guided tours of the museum can be arranged during normal opening hours by contacting Craigavon Museum
Services on 028 3834 1635.
Master McGrath Maze – Tannaghmore Gardens.
This unique contemporary maze is located at Tannaghmore Gardens. The maze entitled the Master McGrath maze (named after the famous local greyhound) was built using steel gabions as are used in the construction industry filled with local stone and also a mix of traditional hedging. The maze itself is a great visitor attraction for families, with the added bonus of being located within a beautiful park setting and close to the shores of Lough Neagh.
Admission charge: no admission charge
Foymore Lodge Country Pursuits
Foymore Lodge Country Pursuits is Northern Ireland’s newest and most modern clay pigeon shooting and country pursuit’s centre. We offer a wide range of clay pigeon shooting, archery, air rifle shooting and 4×4 off roading. The facility caters for individuals, stag and hen parties, clubs, groups and corporate clients.
All equipment is available on-site for use under the supervision of our fully qualified staff.
Admission charge: no admission charge
Opening times: Farm opens at 10am and closes two hours before dusk; gardens open at 8am and close one hour before dusk in the summer and 5pm in the winter.
Meadows Equestrian Centre
The Meadows Equestrian Centre has been developed by the McCusker family to provide the best equestrian facility in Northern Ireland. The centre consists of a bespoke outdoor arena capable of hosting international equestrian sporting events.
The grounds also consist of an outdoor paddock, parking facilities and easy access to the major routes to Belfast and Dublin.
Superdrive Motorsports Centre is a world of adrenalin and experience for children and adults, groups and individuals. Superdrive is the only rally school in Ireland to be approved by the Motorsports Association and gain membership of the British Association of Rally Schools (BARS). Drive the centre’s own excompetition Mark2 Escorts, Ford Focus and Mitsubishi.
Evo rally cars or experience the thrill of 240cc Thunder Karts. Children from 8 years can drive the smaller 160cc Cadet Karts. Other activities for groups of 10 or more include archery, clayshooting, air rifle shooting and 4×4. Café & canteen available on site (no hot food) Booking essential.
Discover Northern Ireland – Inspirational locations, stunning landscapes and the friendliest of welcomes. Learn about our unique stories from Saint Patrick to Titanic Belfast, from the Giant’s Causeway to the Mountains of Mourne and the Walled City of Derry. Plan your trip here with great offers and activity ideas.