Suggested itineraries for days out in Donegal and the surrounding areas.
*Remember: We open Monday – Friday (weekend or late night openings are for pre-booked groups of 20+ only) See our OPENING HOURS for more information. We would recommend leaving approximately an hour and a half for your tour of The Old Courthouse.
FAMILY DAY OUT
Visit us here at The Old Courthouse (+353 (0) 74 91 41733) for a morning of fun – Explore the dungeons and experience truly horrible history! Dodge ‘The Dark Room’, and avoid those pesky asylum inmates. We’ll even let you put the kids behind bars and Grandma in the stocks! Top it all off with a family mugshot & Wanted Poster to remember your day. Have a quick last meal upstairs in our Courtroom Bistro before heading across the county via Letterkenny to Glenveagh National Park (+353 (0) 761002537) or The Dunlewey Centre (+353 (0)74 9531699). In Glenveagh you will find all manner of beautiful walks through the second largest National Park in Ireland, with plenty to see; In Dunlewey, at the foot of Mount Errigal, you can enjoy a guided visit to a historic homestead, farmyard animals, a boat cruise and an adventure playground. Both perfect for a sunny afternoon!
IRELAND IN THE PAST
1. Visit us here at The Old Courthouse (+353 (0) 74 91 41733) for a tour of our dungeon cells, home to prisoners from across the region in the 18th and 19th centuries. Learn about their daily routine, what they ate and how they were punished. After your tour, enjoy a delicious lunch in our bistro, now comfortably at home in what was once the Grand Courtroom. Follow this up with a scenic drive through beautiful Inishowen and a trip to Doagh Famine Village (+353 (0) 74 93 78078) for further insight into life in Ireland during a crucial time in our history. After, you can explore the landscape, with beautiful walks around Doagh Strand Beach or Glenevin Waterfall. (+353 (0) 74 93 78821)
Click HERE for directions. (Approx. 1hour 15 minutes apart – scenic drive in part.)
2. Spend the morning at the Ulster American Folk Park, (+44 (0) 28 8224 3292) taking in the sights of both rural Ulster and pioneer America. Follow this up with a trip through Strabane, across the bridge into Donegal to The Old Courthouse (+353 (0) 74 91 41733). Stop for a tasty meal in our Courtroom Bistro, before facing arrest at the hands of our prison guard and exploring our (268 year old) prison cells! *Please note: The Ulster American Folk Park closes on a Monday.
Click HERE for directions. (Approx. 23 minutes apart)
Famine Village & Folk Park photo credit: Kenneth Allen.The following information is provided as a guide only, we do not endorse or are responsible for any of the services provided by third parties.