All you need to know about our Summer Tour Bookings.
Bookings for our summer season of tours are now starting to come in. Since Portadown Heritage Tours was launched in 2017 we have had some great visitors from across the world with genelogical links to the town.
This year is no different. We are already working on some genealogical research for visitors coming to the town this summer to research their family roots. A lot of them have had family members in early generations who were in the Loyal Orders. The family members may not have much knowledge on the Loyal Orders. We take them on a historical journey and provide as much information as we can.
Tours available to book this summer.
We provide three main tours. The tour of Carleton Street Orange Hall and Heritage Centre, Portadown Town Walking Tour and The Siege of Drumcree Tour. The Siege of Drumcree Tour and Carleton Street Orange Hall Tour are proving popular this year. For the summer months only, we are offering these two tours as a package tour. Within this package we provide refreshments to visitors. We do recommend small bookings of up to four people to get the best experience.
The Portadown Town Walking Tour is a great experience to learn about the development of the town from the plantation years. The tour follows the story of the ‘Hub of the North’ and the great industrial heritage that led to the town earning that title. Once again we do recommend small groups for the best experience.
General Information and bookings
We are finding that a lot of visitors now are booking all three tours together. This is great to see although if you are doing that we recommend spreading the tours over a couple of days. There is quite a lot to take in on the tours and it can be quite intense to do all three in one day. Although if you thoroughly enjoy history some visitors may not mind this!
There are some dates throughout the summer that the tours are not available. This is due to cultural celebrations within the Loyal Orders. Those dates are listed below:
- Saturday 8th June
- Thursday 11th July – Monday 15th July
- Saturday 10th August
- Saturday 21st September-Saturday 28th September
Portadown Heritage Tours operate through donations. We do have set prices in place for refreshments provided. We have recommended donations for each tour. For bookings and more information contact our office on 38332010 or book online at www.portadownheritagetours.co.uk.
Launching a new twist to the town tour for families.
In June we will also be launching a Family Fun Town Trail. This will take the theme of a treasure trail and will be available on certain days throughout the summer.
Portadown Heritage Tours has been awarded funding under the EU’S PEACE IV programme, managed by the special EU programme body.
A total of £71,285 has been awarded to the local community tourism initiative based at Carleton Street Orange Hall. The funding was awarded for the employment of two full time workers for a period of 16 months with a possible extension, a Project Manager and an Administrative Assistant, both posts have been filled.
Portadown Heritage Tours was set up in August 2017 under the guidance of Ballymena based company, Brilliant Trails, after funding was awarded by the Heritage Lottery fund.
The local community tour guides are mainly made up of members of the Loyal Orders. The local organisation was developed to promote Portadown’s industrial history and Orange Heritage through tours and published content. Tours currently on offer are the Portadown Town Walking Tour, Tour of Carleton Street Orange Hall & Heritage Centre and The Siege of Drumcree Tour. The organisation aims to promote cross community historical learning through the local tours, exhibitions and events. As an organisation they are championing the teaching of local history in local schools across the whole community.
Bringing progress to Portadown
Chairman of Portadown Heritage Tours, Bill Partridge said, “I would like to express my thanks to the PEACE IV programme and ABC Council for their help. As an organisation we are very enthusiastic for all our future plans for the town and how we can promote the local history and heritage through working with local community organisations. Portadown is very lucky in the sense that we have a lot of hardworking community associations who we are keen to work with. Also, our big aim is to get involved with the local schools to bring local history into the local education programme. The funding from PEACE IV for two full time staff members has been absolutely vital towards our work and means we can grow and develop and move forwards with bringing community tourism to the local ABC Council area”.
How to contact us
Portadown Heritage Tours office is open Monday – Thursday 8:45am until 4:30pm and Friday 8:30am until 1:30pm. The office can be contacted on 028 38332010 or there is an out of hours service available on 07928962608. Any enquires can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org find us online at www.portadownheritagetours.co.uk. Also search ‘Portadown Heritage Tours’ on Facebook, Instagram and twitter.
The special EU programmes body is responsible for managing two EU structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border cooperation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. The programme operates within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG VA, Western Scotland. The PEACE IV Programme has a value of 270 million euro and aims to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. For more Information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu
Match-funding has been provided by the Executive office in Northern Ireland and the department of Rural and Community development in Ireland.