3 Great Historic Sites Around The Southern Shores Of Lough Neagh

Lough Neagh and its Waterways have a fascinating and varied history that is represented in many ways. Here are 3 great historical sites on the southern shores of Lough Neagh that exemplify the rich and deep the history of the area #LoveLoughNeagh


Brownlow House

The majestic Brownlow House, constructed in 1833, sits quietly beside Lurgan lake in the beautiful surroundings of Lurgan Public Park. Brownlow House has been designated as a building of special architectural and historical interest by the Department of Environment, affirming that Brownlow stands as one of Northern Ireland’s most unique and interesting historical locations. The building is steeped in history including a well-documented visit by 34th President of the United Sates, General Dwight D Eisenhower. Currently the building serves a number of distinct purposes including as a wedding venue, a conference venue, guided tours with the premises also containing a tea-room for visitors to take advantage of.

Opening Times:

Tea Room: Monday – Sat   10am – 3pm

Entrance cost: Free

Website: brownlowhouse.com/


Money Penny’s Lock

Money Penny’s Lock is a restored 18th century lock-keepers house and stables located on a picturesque stretch of the Newry Canal. The site, which includes partial access to the interior of the lock-keepers house including still intact 1900’s interior providing a glimpse into a homestead of that time. The stables contain a fascinating exhibition exploring life on the canal as well the history of Newry Canal.  One of the biggest draws of the Money Penny Lock is the blacksmith’s workshop, a fully operational blacksmith offering metalworking classes to the general public, a rare opportunity to get to grips with this historic craft. Alongside it’s history, the canal is a great visit for birdwatchers due to the diverse range of wildlife including Kingfishers. The site’s facilities include toilets and a picnic area for guests to use.

Opening Times:

Open from April to September.   Sat – Sun   2pm – 3pm

Entrance cost: Free

Website: Money Penny’s Lock


Ardress House

Ardress House is a large National Trust farmhouse constructed in the 1700s and set within 100 acres of orchards. Ardress House contains the table on which the constitution of Northern Ireland was signed upon, a truly significant piece of Northern Irish history and a great exhibit for any history enthusiasts. The operational farmyard contains an impressive range of farm tools and machinery from the era, a fantastic insight into farming methods from generations past. For lovers of nature, the grounds boast an attractive garden, a scenic woodland and a riverside walk. The site contains free parking, a shop and guided tours, offering guests a chance to learn about the historic house, farmyard and the cultural and historical artefacts on site.

Opening Times:

House & Farm: Thursday – Monday   1pm – 6pm

Lady’s Mile Walk: Dawn – Dusk all week

Entrance cost: Adult £5.00 Child £2.27

Website: nationaltrust.org.uk/ardress-house


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