12 February 2020

A guide to living in Omagh


Whether you are travelling back in time at the Ulster American Folk Park or exploring Gortin Glen Forest Park, there are plenty of things to see and do in Omagh. have created a guide to living in Omagh, highlighting the local eateries, attractions and schools in this County Tyrone town.

A Guide to Omagh

The bustling market town of Omagh, nestled in the heart of County Tyrone, resides at the foot of the famous Sperrin Mountains and Gortin Lakes. Offering a truly romantic landscape and rich in history and heritage, Omagh perfectly fuses modern day living with the charm of a traditional town.

Omagh’s long, steep main street is dominated by a classical-style courthouse, while the gothic twin spires of the town’s churches, pierce through the skyline. The thriving main street is lined with the perfect mixture of independent retailers and national stores.

A collection of coffee shops, cafes and restaurants meets the needs of even the most discerning of palates, while an abundance of entertainment facilities ensures there’s something for everyone.

Omagh’s perfect blend of peaks, forests, moors, valleys, lakes and rivers offers the opportunity for adrenaline seekers, walkers and ramblers to while the time away.

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Who is Omagh ideal for?

Both tradition and modernity reside in harmony in this Co. Tyrone town. The Gothic spires of the churches overlooks the bustling main street which comprises of both national and independent stores.

An array of schools are scattered throughout the area which, when coupled with the local amenities on your doorstep, makes it the perfect spot for growing families.

Just over 30 miles to Derry / Londonderry, the positioning of Omagh makes it a prime spot for working commuters also.

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Where to eat in Omagh?

  • The Sperrin Restaurant & Steak House: If you are searching for a relaxed and laid-back restaurant with a stylish dining experience then The Sperrin Restaurant may be the one for you. Only a five minute drive from the Ulster American Folk Park, it is the perfect spot for a bite to eat after a day of exploring or shopping.
  • The Kitchen: Nestled in the heart of Omagh, The Kitchen offers a cosy and welcoming atmosphere that is heightened by the unique and quirky interior. From healthy meals to tasty traybakes, it is no wonder that The Kitchen is a hit with the locals.
  • The Coach Inn Bar & Restaurant: Over the years, The Coach Inn has built up an enviable reputation for serving great food in comfortable surroundings. From salads to steaks to vegetarian dishes, their extensive menu features something for everyone.
  • Grants of Omagh: The traditional wood-panelled interior and timber booths creates a rustic charm that can only be found at Grants of Omagh. Nestled in the heart of the town centre, this restaurant offers a great lunch and dinner menu and provides the perfect pick-me-up after a day of shopping.
  • Rexy Jacks: Opened in March 2018 within the cinema complex, Rexy Jacks offers an authentic BBQ diner experience in Omagh. From succulent burgers to a rack o’ ribs and everything in between, it is the perfect spot for a post movie meal. They have an extensive vegetarian menu too.
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Things to do in Omagh?

  • Ulster American Folk Park: Delve into the story of the emigrants who braved the journey across the Atlantic to America hundreds of years ago. Wander around thatched cottages, board a full-scale emigrant ship to discover the conditions faced by many and meet costumed characters who have plenty of stories to tell. The Ulster American Folk Park is a great day out that can be enjoyed by all.
  • The Abingdon Collection: Located four miles from Omagh town centre is The Abingdon Collection, an attraction that represents over 45 years of passionate collecting. The collection is divided into two clear area of interest: World War II and classic vehicles. A must see for those who enjoy immersing themselves in history.
  • Gortin Glen Forest Park: Found six miles from Omagh at the western gateway to the Sperrin mountains is Gortin Glen Forest Park. A major recreational feature of the forest is the five mile drive which offers breathtaking views. There is also a youth camp site, BBQ facilities, play sculpture and colour coded walking routes throughout the forest.
  • Strule Arts Centre: Strule Arts Centre is an award-winning arts venue and conference centre that is home to Omagh’s theatre, music and arts scene. Offering state of the arts facilities, this venue is the perfect place to host any event. With a 384 seat auditorium, visual arts gallery, lecture theatre, dance studio, museum exhibitions, workshop space, meeting rooms, art studio, café and bar, this venue has it all!
  • Healy Park: Healy Park is the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) stadium in Omagh and home to Omagh St. Enda’s and the Tyrone Gaelic football team. With a ticketed capacity of approximately 18,500, it is one of the largest stadiums in Northern Ireland.
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Schools in Omagh

  • Christian Brothers Grammar School: Christian Brothers Grammar School is a boys grammar school that is located on the Kelvin Road in Omagh. In 2019, this school ranked 18th out of 159 secondary schools in Northern Ireland with 86.7% of it’s A-Level students who undertook exams in 2017-18 being awarded 3 A*-C grades.
  • Drumragh Integrated College: Drumragh Integrated College welcomes pupils of all abilities and all nationalities. They offer a wide selection of extracurricular activities including athletics, choir, ICT and Eco-Club.
  • Loreto Grammar School: Loreto Grammar School is a girls Catholic Grammar School in Omagh. This school welcomes girls from 11-18 years of age and are committed to nurturing the unique talents, gifts and abilities of all. A broad and balanced curriculum is taught while offering a selection of extra-curricular activities.
  • Omagh Academy: Since its foundation in 1903, Omagh Academy has closely identified with the town. This school welcomes pupils from a wide geographical area and from all religious and ethnic backgrounds. This school combines technological advances with innovative approaches to learning, ensuring excellence all round.
  • Omagh High School: Omagh High School is an all ability school that aims to nurture and develop the individual talents of each student. A supportive and welcoming environment is achieved, and pupils are encouraged to make the most of the opportunities on offer through the various extracurricular activities.
  • Sacred Heart College (Omagh): Sacred Heart College, located on the Kelvin Road, ensures all students are valued and grow in confidence throughout their time at the school. By placing priority on the traditional qualities of hard work, discipline and consideration for others, a supportive and inspiring environment is created.
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