Historic Places to Visit

The Historic Environment Division maintains a wide range of historic sites across Northern Ireland from large castles to small prehistoric monuments that you can visit. Known as State Care Monuments, they’re among the most important historic places in Northern Ireland.

COVID-19 update on sites you can visit

You can visit the outdoor spaces at the State Care Monuments listed below and use the car parks. Visitor centres and shops will stay closed in line with public health requirements.

From 6 July, you’ll also be able to visit Dunluce Castle and Grey Abbey outdoor areas. Note that you may need to queue at Dunluce as the number of people allowed on the site will be limited. Toilets will be open at Dunluce but remain closed at all other sites.

COVID-19 guidelines

These are the COVID-19 guidelines when visiting State Care Monument sites:

  • Stay local ideally but if travelling, check it’s open before your leave home and avoid places where there may be lots of people
  • Stay safe and share the space – don’t risk injury – keep apart, socially distancing – respect other users of the space – wash your hands – stay active and keep moving, short picnics are ok but no barbecues – allow time and space for all by staying a few hours not all day
  • Leave no trace by taking your rubbish home – also keep dogs on leads and keep roads clear by not parking at gates or on verges

Sites that are open

These are the State Care Monument outdoor spaces that you can enjoy:

North East area:

Antrim Round Tower
Ballylumford Dolmen
Ballywee Early Christian Settlement
Carrickfergus Town Walls
Castle Lug
Cranfield Church
Dalway's Bawn
Duneight Motte & Bailey
Dunluce Castle
Giant's Ring, near Shaws Bridge, Belfast
Harryville Motte and Bailey
Holywood Motte
Lisnamintry Rath
Lissue Rath
Movilla Abbey, Newtownards
Olderfleet Castle, Larne
Rough Fort
Scrabo Hillfort
Shandon Park Mound, Belfast
Shaw's Bridge, Belfast
Springfarm Rath

North West area:

Ardboe Cross and Abbey
Armoy Round Tower
Ballintemple Bullaun Stone
Ballybriest Dual Court Tomb
Ballybriest Wedge Tomb
Ballygroll Prehistoric Landscape
Ballynascreen  Church
Banagher Church, Dungiven
Beaghmore Stone Circles, Cookstown
Bonamargy Friary, Ballycastle
Bovevagh Church, Dungiven
Brackfield Bawn
Church Island, Lough Beg, Bellaghy
Coshkib Rath Pair
Craigs Dolmen,Ballymoney
Craigs, The Broad Stone
Derryloran Church
Derry City Walls
Dooey's Cairn, Dunloy
Drum Fort
Drumgormal Bivallate Rath
Dunalis Souterrain
Duncarbit Standing Stones
Ervey Portal Tomb
Gortycavan Mound
Grange Standing Stone
Grange Standing Stone (PAIR)
Inishrush Crannog
Killucan Long Cairn: Killucan
Killucan Wedge Tomb: Carnanbane
Kinbane Castle, Ballycastle
Knockoneill Court Tomb
Layd Church, Cushendall
Lissanduff Earthworks, Portballintrae
Maghera Church
Magheraglass Church
Magheramore Rath
Mill Loughan Mound
Mobuy Standing Stone
Mountsandel Fort, Coleraine
Mullaboy Standing Stone
O'Cahan's Castle
Ossian's Grave
Tamnyrankin Court Tomb
Tattykeel Standing Stone
Tirkane Sweathouse, Maghera
Tirnony Dolmen, Maghera
Tullaghoge Fort, Cookstown
Tullyheran Fort

South East area:

Annadorn Dolmen, Downpatrick
Annaghmare Cairn  
Ardtole Church
Armagh Friary
Ballykeel Dolmen & Cairn, Newry  
Ballymacdermot Cairn, Newry   
Ballynoe Stone Circle
Clontygora Cairn, Newry
Clough Castle
Derry Churches, Portaferry
Dromore Motte
Drumena Cashel & Souterrain
Dundrum Castle
Dunnaman Court Tomb
Goward Dolmen
Grey Abbey
Haughey's Fort
Inch Abbey, Downpatrick
Jordan's Castle
Kilclief Castle, Strangford
Killevy Churches, Newry
Kilnasaggart Pillar Stone, Newry
Legananny Dolmen
Loughinisland Churches
Maghera Church & Round Tower, Newcastle 
Mahee Castle, Strangford Lough
Millin Bay Cairn
Mound of Down
Moyry Castle
Navan Fort, Armagh
Nendrum Ecclesiastical site, Comber
Raholp Church (St Tassachs), Downpatrick
Sketrick Castle, Killinchy
Slieve Gullion North Cairn, Newry   
Slieve Gullion South Cairn
St John's Point Church
Strangford Castle
Struell Bath Houses & Wells, Downpatrick
The King's Stables
Tullynakill Church

South West area:

Aghanaglack Dual Court Tomb, Enniskillen
Ballywholan Dual Court Tomb: Carnagat
Ballywholan Portal Tomb: Carnfadrig
Berrysfort Standing Stone
Castle Caulfield, Dungannon
Churchtown Portal Tomb: Druid's Altar
Churchtown Wedge Tomb: Todd's Den
Clogher Fort: Rathmore
Copney Stone Circles
Cregganconroe Court Tomb
Creggandevesky Court Tomb
Donaghmore Cross, Banbridge
Drumskinny Stone Circle, Cairn & Alignment
Dungororan Rath
Eglish Crosses
Errigal Keerogue Cross & Church
Glenknock or Cloghogle Portal Tomb
Harry Avery's Castle, Newtownstewart
Killyliss Rath
Knockmany Passage Tomb: Annia's Cove
Lisky Court Tomb: Giant's Grave
Monea Castle
Mountjoy Castle
Moy Gates & Screen
Newtownstewart Castle
Old Castle Archdale, Irvinestown
Portora Castle, Enniskillen
Reaskor Tree-Ring
Reaskmore Penal Alter Site
Tully Castle, Derrygonnelly
Tynan Village Cross
White Island Church & Figures


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