Top 20 Places to Visit in Armagh Northern Ireland

St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic)

cathedral-armaghSt. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, Northern Ireland is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland. It was built in various phases between 1840 and 1904 to serve as the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Armagh, the original Medieval Cathedral of St. Patrick having been transferred to the Protestant Church of Ireland at the time of the Irish Reformation.  Read More

Gosford Forest Park

http://www.armaghcounty.netIn 1958, Forest Service acquired Gosford Demesne. Prior to this, the Earls of Gosford owned the estate for centuries. They were descendants of the Acheson family who established woodland, parkland and edifices on the estate.

Gosford Forest Park offers visitors paths and trails to see these historical features, and the mix of conifer and broadleaf woodlands, with its diverse flora and fauna. Read More

 

Armagh  Astronomy Centre and Planetarium

http://www.armaghcounty.netMake the trip to Armagh Planetarium which offers visitors a unique experience which is quite simply “out of this world”. In the Planetarium’s amazing Digital Theatre you can relax and experience our planet and beyond; take a tour of the night sky, or even discover some of the myths behind the star constellations. Each show is a memorable experience and one that you will treasure.

After all that excitement, you can then explore the exhibition areas using the interactive displays to learn more about the cosmos. Take a trip into our Mars room or touch the largest meteorite on display in Ireland which at an amazing 4.6 billion years old, is the oldest thing you’ll ever touch. See our scale models of probes such as Viking and Satellites such as the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope.

http://www.armaghcounty.netIf you have the time, you can have a stroll around the Astropark, which displays a scale model of the Universe where visitors can walk through the Solar System into the Milky Way and beyond; or why not try some astronaut ice cream from our gift shop?

Armagh Planetarium is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 – 17:00.

For more information on shows and show-times please visit www.armaghplanet.com

For a list of events please visit www.armaghplanet.com/events

Pre-booking is essential for all Digital Theatre shows on (028) 3752 3689.

Navan Centre and Fort

http://www.armaghcounty.netThe Navan Centre interprets one of Ireland’s most important ancient monuments, Navan Fort, the ancient capital and seat of the Kings of Ulster. The Navan Centre offers visitors a unique appreciation of the history of the area through a stimulating exhibition packed full of information, artifacts and hands on activities for all the family. Enjoy the myths and legends of the Ulster Cycle in the vibrant audio visual show. Witness the Celtic Characters bring history to life in the Iron Age/Early Christian period dwelling with demonstrations of cooking, weaving, farming and much more… Finally, take a guided walk to the Navan Fort and be transported along the path of history.

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Armagh Astronomy Centre and Planetarium

http://www.armaghcounty.netMake the trip to Armagh Planetarium which offers visitors a unique experience which is quite simply “out of this world”. In the Planetarium’s amazing Digital Theatre you can relax and experience our planet and beyond; take a tour of the night sky, or even discover some of the myths behind the star constellations. Each show is a memorable experience and one that you will treasure.

After all that excitement, you can then explore the exhibition areas using the interactive displays to learn more about the cosmos. Take a trip into our Mars room or touch the largest meteorite on display in Ireland which at an amazing 4.6 billion years old, is the oldest thing you’ll ever touch. See our scale models of probes such as Viking and Satellites such as the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope.

If you have the time, you can have a stroll around the Astropark, which displays a scale model of the Universe where visitors can walk through the Solar System into the Milky Way and beyond; or why not try some astronaut ice cream from our gift shop? For more information on shows and show-times please visit www.armaghplanet.com

St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Church of Ireland)

http://www.armaghcounty.netSaint Patrick founded his main church here on the Hill of Armagh in 445AD. There has been a Christian church on the site ever since. Although the building has been renovated many times, even as recently as 2004, the basic shape of the Cathedral is still as conceived by Archbishop O’Scanlon in the twelfth century. It is a modest building with interesting monuments and an 11th-century carved stone high cross. Read More

Armagh Public Library

http://www.armaghcounty.netOne of the oldest libraries in Ireland, Armagh Public Library was established in 1771 by Archbishop Robinson.

In addition to the Archbishop’s personal library which contains 17th and 18th century books on a wide range of subjects, there are many rare and valuable books such as incunabula, first editions, and illuminated manuscripts. In July 2015 ownership of Armagh Church of Ireland’s Cathedral’s Historic Music Collection was transferred to Armagh Public Library.

The Library is also an accredited museum and holds prints, ancient Irish artefacts, gems, coins, as well as other objects. The collections are on view, both in the Library’s Long Room and in No 5 Vicars’ Hill, the former registry. We regularly hold exhibitions based on our collections and visiting exhibitions.

The book collection is kept alive with current acquisitions on the following subjects: local history (Armagh City and county), church history, St. Patrick, and Jonathan Swift. Carved in stone above the Library’s public entrance is the original Greek inscription, meaning ‘the healing place of the soul’ and we still aspire to this message! Read More

Market Place Theatre

http://www.armaghcounty.netThe Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre is the City’s ‘Home Of Entertainment’. Our state-of-the-art venue and conference centre is situated in the heart of Armagh.

We present the best in arts and entertainment at affordable prices, in wonderful modern and spacious surroundings with something to suit everyone’s taste and pocket. For a complete tour of the theatre please visit our 360 degree tour of the venue here.

The Market Place programme and facilities are enjoyed by local people and attracts audiences from far and wide from Armagh, Craigavon, Newry, Banbridge, Tyrone and Down to Monaghan, Cavan and Dundalk and beyond. Click Here for full Details

Armagh County Museum

http://www.armaghcounty.netThe collections at Armagh County Museum capture centuries of stories relating to the people who lived, worked and had connections with this famous city and historic county. With collections ranging from local history and fine art to archaeology and natural history, this is the ideal place to experience a flavour of the famous ‘orchard county’.

The museum’s art collection illustrates the story of life in Armagh over the centuries. Some of the most intriguing stories of local lives are interwoven amid the diverse displays. From splendid wedding dresses and rural crafts to fine military uniforms, each object conveys its own human story.

The museum hosts many temporary exhibitions including those highlighting objects from the collections and material borrowed from further afield. Working with the local community, we provide a venue for a wide variety of exhibitions including the stirring music of the pipes and the best of contemporary works by local artists.

The Mall

http://www.armaghcounty.netLike many historic cities, the best way to see Armagh City is on foot, from its hilltop cathedrals and narrow city streets, to its open Demesne and historic ancient fortress.

And nowhere is better for kick starting your walking tour of Irelands oldest city, than at The Mall.

Originally used as a horse racing track and various other activities deemed too “unsavoury” for a city aiming to rival Belfast and Dublin.

It was rebranded in 1794 when Archbishop Newcome developed the people’s park when he ordered a walkway be built around its parameter.

While the raucous pursuits such as fist fights, cock fights, bull-baiting and all activities thought unbecoming to a modern day city were banned, football and cricket were allowed to continue and to this day The Mall is home to Armagh Cricket Club.

http://www.armaghcounty.netSaturday afternoons can be whiled away on a bench overlooking the ground or sat in the Cricket Club Pavilion with a refreshing beverage.

A multi-million pound face lift in the last decade has really made The Mall a haven for walkers, joggers and anyone looking to idol their time away and people watch.

The Mall is also home to many points of interest within and along its 1.08 kilometre circumference and nowhere is this highlighted more than on the northern entrance from the Portadown Road. Read More 

Palace Stables Heritage Centre

http://www.armaghcounty.netThe Centre is located on the Palace Demesne situated next to the impressive Primate’s Palace, formerly the home of Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 until the 1970s. The Centre is open freely all year round.

Tours during the Summer Season are available that tells you the story of the Demesne through Living History Interpretation. Costumed interpreters recreate both the grandeur and the squalor of the Georgian period.The Centre is located on the Palace Demesne situated next to the impressive Primate’s Palace, formerly the home of Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 until the 1970s. The Centre is open freely all year round.

Tours during the Summer Season are available that tells you the story of the Demesne through Living History Interpretation. Costumed interpreters recreate both the grandeur and the squalor of the Georgian period.

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Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum

http://www.armaghcounty.netThe Museum collection covers the history of five regiments, all of which were raised in 1793. The Royal Irish Fusiliers served for almost 200 years and is known as the “Faughs” from their Battle Cry “Faugh-a-Ballagh”. It holds both Victoria Crosses won by the Regiment, both awarded posthumously.

The story of the regiment 1793 – 1968. Large model of the capture of the Imperial French Eagle at the Battle of Barrosa 1811. Militaria from the Armagh, Cavan and Monaghan militias and shop. The Museum offers facilities for talks and workshop for schools/clubs and groups. Please contact our staff for details. Our research specialists have many years’ experience and our archives are extensive, which enables us to offer excellent military genealogy facilities. Click Here For More Info

No 5 Vicars’ Hill

http://www.armaghcounty.netBuilt in 1772 as the Diocesan Registry to hold records for the Church of Ireland Diocese, this Grade A listed building has been restored and was formally opened to the public in March 2011.

While the records are no longer retained in the building, some examples are on display, with ancient coins, gems, significant prints, early Christian artefacts and other collections and curiosities which had, until recently, been stored in the nearby Armagh Public Library.

This deceptively large building, which resembles a modest dwelling from the outside, has a fascinating interior, retains many of its original features and will appeal to all age groups. There are opportunities to explore the collections in more detail through the use of touch screens. Advice and information can be provided to those who wish to carry out more in depth research of the archives, many of which are contained in Armagh Public Library which was itself established in 1771.

http://www.armaghcounty.netOld maps of Armagh are on display and provide a good overview of settlement patterns from 1600 onwards. A timeline provides a continuous history of religious leaders in the Cathedral city from St. Patrick to the present Archbishop and includes key dates such as the arrival of the Vikings. Younger visitors can make use of activity sheets to write their name in Ogham, the earliest form of Irish. They can also handle replicas of old coins, answer the quiz questions, have fun rubbing outlines of medals and ancient bronze objects and try the jig-saws of old prints.

We are located just opposite the main entrance door to St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral at the centre of the city of Armagh and just 200 metres from Armagh Public Library. Read More….

Armagh Tourist Information Centre

http://www.armaghcounty.netServices Offered:

• Tourist Information – local and national
• Accommodation Enquiries
* Free Brochures
* Wheelchair accessible
* Industry services – distribution of literature and event promotion

**Saint Patrick’s Trian is no longer providing a visitor service as it is now under-going redevelopment to create a state of the art community hub which will provide a range of services. Read More

Craftswirl is also now open at the Visitor Information Centre. See www.armagh.co.uk/craftswirl for information.

Armagh Observatory

http://www.armaghcounty.netThe Armagh Observatory, founded in 1789 by Archbishop Richard Robinson, is a modern scientific research institute with a rich heritage. Around 25 astronomers are researching Solar-System Astronomy, Solar Physics, Stellar and Galactic Astrophysics, and Solar System Earth relationships. It maintains the longest daily climate series in the UK and Ireland (see http://climate.arm.ac.uk/), and one of the longest from a single site in the world.

The Observatory is located together with the Armagh Planetarium in approximately 14 acres of attractive, landscaped grounds known as the Armagh Astropark. The Grounds and Astropark contain scale models of the Solar System and the Universe and a wide range of flora and fauna. Of particular interest are the Human Orrery, two sundials, and historic telescopes and telescope domes.

http://www.armaghcounty.netA walk around the Astropark is a stroll through the Universe. Here, you can discover the relative distances and sizes of the rocky inner planets and the gaseous outer planets. Beyond the “hypercube”, you go on a journey beyond our Galaxy, past galaxies and clusters of galaxies to the origin of our Universe nearly 14 billion years ago. There are interpretation panels and leaflets to aid further understanding.

The Human Orrery, is located close to the historic Grade A listed main Observatory building. It is the first outdoor exhibit in the world to show with precision at any time the relative positions of the six classical planets in our Solar System, two comets (1P/Halley and 2P/Encke) and the first asteroid, namely (1) Ceres, discovered on 1801 January 1. The Grounds, Astropark and Human Orrery are freely open to visitors during daylight hours every day. Group guided tours can be arranged by appointment. Read More

Irish & Local Studies Library

http://www.armaghcounty.netThis reference library has a wide range of material on all aspects of Irish life and learning from the earliest times to the present day.  One of its main assets is a wide range of local newspapers as well as specialist papers such as the women’s suffrage paper.  A full list of newspaper holding is available on request.  The library has a fine collection of maps including estate maps, journals/periodicals and directories.  Ancestry and online resources are available free in the library.  Read More

Armagh Gaol

http://www.armaghcounty.netArmagh Prison in Armagh, Northern Ireland, is a former prison. The construction of the prison began in the 1780 and it was extended in the style of Pentonville Prison in the 1840 and 1850s. For most of its working life Armagh Gaol was the primary women’s prison in Ulster. Although the prison is often described as Armagh Women’s Gaol, at various points in its history, various wings in the prison were used to hold male prisoners.

On 19 April 1979, Agnes Wallace (40), a prison officer, was shot dead and three colleagues were injured in an Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) gun and grenade attack outside the prison.

http://www.armaghcounty.netThe prison was the scene of a protest by female Irish republican prisoners demanding the reinstatement of political status, although the numbers involved were much smaller than in the Maze (also known as Long Kesh) men’s prison. As all women prisoners in Northern Ireland already had the right to wear their own clothes, they did not stage any sort of blanket protest, but the no wash protest included the smearing of menstrual blood on the cell walls. Three women in Armagh took part in the 1980 hunger strike: Mairéad Nugent, Mary Doyle and Mairéad Farrell, who was killed by the Special Air Service (SAS) inGibraltar in 1988. No Armagh prisoners took part in the 1981 Irish hunger strike.

The prison closed in 1986. In 2009 it was announced that the prison was to become a hotel.

Armagh Prison was the subject of one of the so-called Black Spider Memos written by Charles, Prince of Wales to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in 2004  Book Your Tour Today

 

Armagh Franciscan Friary

http://www.armaghcounty.netArmagh Franciscan Friary was founded by Archbishop Patrick O’ Scannail in 1263/64. It had prominent patrons in the city and the Franciscans played an important part in the city’s religious life until the Friary was suppressed in 1542 with the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII.

Some religious life continued, but the buildings were involved in welfare later in the 16th Century and were ruined by 1600. Two empty graves and two tomb recesses near the east end are reminders of the important patrons buried in the Friary Church, including Gormlaith O’Donnell, wife of Domhnail O’Neill in 1353. It is the longest monastery in Ireland. The Friary is located at the south-east edge of Armagh and can be found at the entrance to the Palace Demesne. Open access all year for visitors. Click Here for More Details

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