Armagh’s much loved Georgian Day returns to mark the beginning of the Christmas season. See Armagh in all its festive glory, sparkling with lights as the Ancient Cathedral City goes back to its Georgian roots. More than 70 stalls, hosted by traders in Georgian costumes will line the streets for a unique experience that cannot be missed.
Festive music, horse-drawn carriage rides and the smell of mulled wine and mince pies exude a unique Christmassy atmosphere for all to enjoy.
See Armagh in all its festive glory, as it goes back to its Georgian roots for a unique Christmas experience that cannot to be missed! Enjoy a wide variety of talks, workshops, Georgian inspired dining and other events taking place during the celebrations.
Georgian Armagh Ticketed Events
Thursday 24 November 7.30pm
The Rokeby Lecture in Armagh Public Library. The lecture will be given by Dr Charles Dillon, Royal Irish Academy. The title will be “Hidden Gems: Irish Language material in the collections of Armagh Public Library.” Admission is free, with no pre-booking required. For more information please contact T: +44 (0) 28 3752 3142.
Friday 25 November 1.00pm
Lunchtime Bronte readings in Armagh Public Library with local historian Eric Villers who will explain Armagh’s connection with the famous Bronte family. This event will include poetry and prose readings from the three sisters – Charlotte, Emily and Anne, performed by members of Armagh Theatre Group. Book tickets through this link BUY NOW
Friday 25 &Saturday 26 November 12-3pm
4Vicars Restaurant housed inside a listed Georgian building will be serving delicious Georgian inspired lunches. Dine with Georgian characters who will make you feel like you have stepped back in time. Please contact 4 Vicars directly to reserve a table T: +44(0) 28 3752 7772.
Friday 25 November 7.30pm
The Prof Curl lecture: Monuments and Memorials in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral. Prof Curl has conducted a detailed study on the funerary monuments in the Cathedral and his talk will take us on a tour, giving detailed descriptions and analyses devoted to the most outstanding. After the lecture, please join the Dean of Armagh in his home for refreshments. Book tickets through this link BUY NOW
Saturday 26 November 11.00am
Wallpaper block printing workshop with Karishma Kusurkar in The Market Place Theatre. Wallpaper was the covering of choice by the 18th century. During Georgian times, paper and print making methods were still a hand made process using wooden printing blocks. Join Karishma in this hands on workshop and learn the skill involved making Georgian wallpapers and take a sample of your work home. Book tickets through this link BUY NOW
Saturday 26 November 11.30pm and 2.00pm
Enjoy a free guided tour, lasting approx 2 hours of the main Armagh Observatory building, the Human Orrery and the Astropark. During the tour you will learn about the Observatory’s history, current scientific research and its programme of science in the community. Tickets are free but places must be booked in advance through this link
Saturday 26 November 12pm and 3.00pm
Mock trial and Armagh Courthouse tour rekindling the harshness of the Georgian legal system with an interactive experience witnessing the trials of theft and murder! Come along and immerse yourself in this spectacle of rough justice and be part of the jury. After the trial enjoy a short tour of the courthouse. Book tickets through this link BUY NOW
Saturday 26 November 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm, 4pm, Each session lasts 30 minutes
Join in with a re-enactment of the old Georgian tradition of the cake of the twelfth day of Christmas at the The Children’s Georgian Market. Tickets are free of charge with booking required on the day at the market.
Saturday 26 November 11.00am – 7.00pm
Horse and carriage rides departing from the Fusiliers Museum on Mall East. Join us for a circuit of Armagh’s enchanting Georgian Mall in a wonderful horse and carriage ride. Book tickets for private or shared carriages through these links BUY NOW (private carriages) BUY NOW (public carriages)
Saturday 26 November evening settings
4Vicars Restaurant housed inside a listed Georgian building will be serving a Widows Ruin Evening Tasting Menu which will comprise a 5 course dinner showcasing the best of local produce all perfectly matched with drinks featuring that Georgian tipple of choice – gin! Please contact 4 Vicars directly to reserve a table T: +44(0) 28 3752 7772.
Saturday 26 November 7.30pm
This talk in the Archbishop’s Palace Chamber in Armagh, presented by Michael Brown, a renowned Garden Historian discusses the practical work and life of the gardener of the time meeting not only the challenges of new technology and plant introductions but also the changing fashions in garden design. Book tickets through this link BUY NOW
Saturday 26 November 5,6,7,8pm Georgian day Light Show “A Very Georgian Christmas” at the Market House Witness a celebration and a truly magical experience as Market House bursts into life with a dramatic lightshow. Book tickets through this link (available from 10am on Tuesday 1 November) BUY NOW accessible area