Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon

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Lough Neagh is a large freshwater lake in Northern Ireland. It is the largest lake by area in the British Isles, with a surface area of 392km2. It supplies 40% of Northern Ireland's water. Its main inflows are the Upper River Bann and River Blackwater, and its main outflow is the Lower River Bann. Its name comes. The lough is owned by the Earl of Shaftesbury.GeographyWith an area of 392km2, it is the largest lake on the island of Ireland, the 15th largest freshwater lake within the European Union and is ranked 31st in the List of largest lakes of Europe. Located west of Belfast, it is about long and wide. It is very shallow around the margins and the average depth in the main body of the lake is about 30ft, although at its deepest the lough is about deep.HydrologyOf the 4550km2 catchment area, around 9% lies in the Republic of Ireland and 91% in Northern Ireland; altogether 43% of the land area of Northern Ireland is drained into the lough, which itself flows out northwards to the sea via the River Bann. As one of its sources is the Upper Bann, the Lough can itself be considered as part of the Bann. Lough Neagh is fed by many tributaries including the rivers Main (34mi), Six Mile Water (21mi), Upper Bann (40mi), Blackwater (57mi), Ballinderry (29mi) and Moyola (31mi)
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  • Visited the discovery centre twice (June 2014 and July 2017) both times I found the staff friendly and helpful. There is no entrance fee for the centre. There is plenty of information about Lough Neag...  more »
  • Family day out wonderful spot beautiful scenery ducks to feed also gorgeous walk around has coffee shop and gift shop and great wee information place with leaflets etc for butterfly and bug spotting a...  more »
  • great location with good food in the discovery centre, you can take nice walks around the waters edge  more »
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  • Nice place with fantastic views, gets lots of visitors so you may need to walk a little from your car! If you like inland seas then this is for you! Kids play area etc and nice Cafe that's not overpriced!!
  • Great venue. Good place to explore the lough. Very nice cafe, lovely home cooking. Fantastic scones!
  • Great atmosphere snd very friendly staff. The cook is not only helpful but extremely generous with portions of food. I have recommended the cafe to all my friends and we are always happy to meet here for a chat.
  • The oxfordisland web site is a disaster of form over function. Mostly it highlights the cafe and shop. The map was clearly not made by a cartographer - it didn't represent the reality on the ground. Too pretty. Croaghan hide was grubby, window openings with old spiders webs. The Closet hide shown on the map didn't exist. The steps at no 9 on the Old Shoreline Walk were the other way. For most of the walk you were hidden in trees and surrounded by huge nettles everywhere.
  • Nice park beside lough neagh with cafe and souvineir shop but could do with more facilities

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