The bustling metropolis of Cookstown, a town in the very heart of Northern Ireland, is the perfect place to visit if you want to sample Irish food and drink, traditional Irish hospitality and a chance to shop until you drop.
The fact that Cookstownis located centrally means that it is accessible from all parts of Northern Ireland, being just 48 miles away from Belfast, the capital. It is a bustling town with all the amenities and facilities this would lead you to expect, and yet it is still within easy reach of some stunning natural scenery. The dramatic Sperrin Mountainsloom over the town, whilst Drum Manor Forest Parkand the spectacular waters of Lough Neagh are just a short drive away.
Shopping in CookstownWithout doubt, Cookstownis one of the shopping capitals of Northern Ireland, a point which is underlined by the retail presence that dominates Main Street, officially the longest and widest street in Northern Ireland. This 2 mile long stretch runs through the town from north to south and is lined with shops and businesses of all kinds.
You can find high street retailers, supermarket megastores and small independent retailers offering traditional Irish goods: the shops in Cookstown provide all the range and choice you could want. Ample parking and good public transport help to make travelling to and from the shops easy, no matter where in Cookstownyou’re staying, and on Saturday the town centre is transformed by the appearance of the traditional street market. This has been run in Cookstownsince 1628, and now offers the likes of street entertainment and face painting alongside a bustling shopping opportunity.
Attractions around CookstownOnce based in Cookstown, you’re within easy reach of virtually every kind of attraction Northern Ireland is famed for offering. From Neolithic monuments in the Broughderg area – including stone circles dating back to 1500 BC – to the water-based fun of Ballyronan Marina, on the shores of Lough Neagh, Cookstown offers something for everyone. National Trust properties and forest walks rub shoulders with a thriving nightlife scene to provide the comprehensive package for visitors of all ages.
Enjoying CookstownIf you want to take a short cut to discovering just what Cookstown is all about, then take advantage of one of the guided walks on offer from the Tourist Information Centre on Burns Street in the centre of town.
When the sun goes down, Cookstowncomes into its own, offering visitors a huge choice of venues for a great night out and a chance to sample what the locals refer to as ‘the craic’. From traditional Irish pubs to cutting edge night clubs and contemporary boutique bars, you’re bound to find something which appeals. If you’re looking for something more cultured, then head for the The Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre, which offers everything from drama and comedy to live music.
Staying in CookstownThe centrality of Cookstown, its excellent transport links and its wide selection of hotels, help to make it a key destination for everyone from businesses organising conferences to families looking for fun. No matter what your idea of a good time is, Cookstownis bound to be able to provide it.