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Sion Stables - Museum and Restaurant 1861

120A Melmount Road, Sion Mills, Strabane, Co Tyrone, BT82 9ET
Sion Stables - Museum and Restaurant 1861

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Formerly the 19th century stable block attached to the nearby Sion House, Sion Stables has won awards for the way in which this listed building has been sensitively conserved and brought to life again. Sion Stables houses a museum, licensed restaurant and seminar room and is an initiative of Sion Mills Buildings Preservation Trust and Hearth.

The exhibits tell the story of the historic linen village and bring alive the stories of the mill-owners, the mill-workers and the production of Irish Linen. Herdmans Flax-Spinning Mill was built in 1835 by brothers James, John & George Herdman. Sion Mills was chosen as a rural idyll with available labour and waterpower. The vision was to create a moral, temperate, educated, non-sectarian community in the northwest of Ireland, which was already a prolific flax-growing region. They built a model village with school, churches, and recreational facilities. This is a self-guided facility with an opportunity to view the exhibits at your own pace. Recommended time is approximately sixty minutes.

The Heritage Education Centre is a purpose-built facility for seminars or functions, annexed to the original stable block and built in a similar style. The centre is self-contained with separate disabled and unisex toilets and a small kitchenette. With underfloor heating, a projector and large screen the room can seat 55 people and catering can be arranged. A concertina glass door, which looks out on the courtyard, can be opened in good weather. Guided tours and lectures available for groups with special interests in industrial and architectural heritage.

Restaurant 1861 at Sion Stables offers a modern café and restaurant experience in an old world setting. The restaurant is operated by Kevin Myers, Head Chef, and the hardworking Restaurant 1861 team open six days a week, offering breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Their mission is ‘to offer a warm welcome and unique dining experience to all our guests’.
"The quality and standard of our food is paramount and everything else is build around that. We hope that you enjoy 'the 1861 experience'.

Open 6 days a week (closed Mondays) from 12 noon with last orders at 20:30 and 21:00 on Friday and Saturday.
Reserve Table and Pricing: 028 8165 9880

The restaurant is fully licensed.

Facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • Guided Tours Available
  • Open Evenings
  • Open Sundays

Catering

  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Suitable for Children

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • Euros accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Free (parking charges may apply)

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* Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 20:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 20:30
Closed Monday

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