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“History comes alive!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ulster American Folk Park

Ulster American Folk Park
Mellon Road, Omagh, Northern Ireland
028-8224-3292
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Ranked #2 of 14 attractions in Omagh
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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Olympia, Washington
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16 attraction reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“History comes alive!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This is a typical period village set up, showing the experience of those who emigrated from Ireland to America in the 1600's The journey one makes after viewing the excellent video in the ticket center, starts in Ireland of the time with original school building, manor house, workmen's quarters doing their candlemaking, baking, etc. the buildings were either already esdstablished when the park started or brought here and reassembled from other areas of Ireland. The Ireland side includes a typical village of the day and the actual home where Thomas Mellon of American banking fame, was born.
There is a 'dockside' in the Irish village where you board the re-creation of the ships that brought the Irish to American in steerage. Powerful!.
As you exit the ship you are in an American village of the same era.

I have been in many of these "folk villages' in different countries. But this one, I think because of the way the path travels directly through the emigration experience of many of our ancestors has proven to be the most realistic and impact-full of them all.

There are level paths throughout the park with the only stairs (which can be bypassed) getting into and out of the ship....wheelchairs would have to miss the ship steerage section of the journey

I visited this park in early September and it was calm and not so crowded as I have experienced in other places. We had brought with us a picnic to have on the grounds but food is available. Can you tell that I loved it here.... I was a solo traveler but met up with my family including 3 generations for visiting the Park...all were equally entranced from us 60+ers to Grand nephew at 12 years.

Visited September 2012
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Nathalia
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10 attraction reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“History lesson”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Went with a friend on Halloween and lots of school children getting history lesson, fantastic place to see how they lived in the past

Visited October 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Excellent spot for kids!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Go back in time and bring your children with you. Wonderful spot. Many happy trips here. Recommend anyone in the area to visit. Immersive historically and culturally. Great!

Visited November 2012
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Golden Beach, Australia
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“What a trip into history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I visited here with my adult daughter who had never been to Ireland before and what a great history lesson.
Fantastic staff and all the buildings were authentic. We especially enjoyed the voyage recreations.
A real insight into what their lives were like in both the old and the new country.
An insight into our heritage. Hopefully there will be a return trip next year.

Visited December 2011
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N.IRELAND
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9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great day for Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Went August 12 and found it to be a great day for the whole family. Weather was good so it helped the mood and thought it was great value for a full day experience.

Visited August 2012
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