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Attractions in County Armagh

Attractions in County Armagh

Attractions in County Armagh

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Armagh County Museum

Armagh County Museum located on the east side of Armagh’s pretty tree lined Georgian Mall. This museum in Armagh Ireland is small but lays claim to being the oldest county museum in Ireland. Exhibitions include in interesting displays on local history and people.

Located near the centre of St Patrick's cathedral city, a visit to Armagh County Museum is an ideal way to experience a flavour of the orchard county. The unique character of the Museum's architecture make it one of the most distinctive buildings in the city. Here you will find collections reflecting the lives of people who have lived and worked in Armagh or have been associated with the county. With a range of changing exhibitions throughout the year, the Museum is an ideal place to see and explore Armagh.

Armagh Planetarium & Observatory

Founded in 1968 the  Planetarium on College Hill, Armagh Ireland, is widely recognised and eminent astronomical education centre. Located above the still working Observatory which is over 200 years the Planetarium offers entertaining and educational interactive demonstrations and displays.

The Armagh Observatory is a modern astronomical research institute with a rich heritage. Founded in 1790 by Archbishop Richard Robinson, the Observatory is one of the UK and Ireland's leading scientific research establishments. Around 25 astronomers are actively studying Stellar Astrophysics, the Sun, Solar System astronomy, and the Earth's climate.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedrals

Armagh Ireland is the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland for both the Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland and the city has two cathedrals. Built in the 13th century and restored in the 19th century Saint Patricks Church of Ireland Cathedral is the seat of the Church of Ireland Primate and is located on the city’s main hill (also the hill from which Armagh City takes its name). Less than half a mile away is St Patricks Catholic Cathedral which can be found on the hill just off Cathedral Road and this church it is the seat of the Catholic Primate of Ireland. Designed in 1836 in Gothic Revival style the catholic cathedral took 37 years to complete as building came to a halt during the famine.

Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral - External

Navan Fort

Approx 5 minutes drive west of Armagh city is Navan Fort one of the most important archaeological sites in Armagh Ireland and indeed in Northern Ireland. However as little remains can be seen of the fort, to appreciate the site it is advisable to visit the Navan Centre which is wondrously built into the side of a grass bank and which will interpret the site for visitors with detailed displays and an audiovisual film

Over the  Holiday weeknd, July 31st - August 2nd,  The 
Navan Centre & Fort, Killylea Road, Armagh invite you to an action- packed Summer Festival which is guaranteed 
three days of family fun and entertainment. Centre open 
10am - 7pm daily.  Event times 11am - 6pm.  
Recommended last admission 5.30pm. 
Activities and demonstrations throughout the weekend include: 
• Enjoy meeting and interacting with Celtic characters 
• Witness life in an Iron Age dwelling 
• Displays of Vintage Farm Machinery 
• Blacksmithing Demonstrations 
• Pottery Demonstrations 
• Corn craft demonstrations 
• Traditional Crafts 
• Garden Games 
• Face Painting 
• Listen to stories of yesteryear 
• Sample some locally produced food 
... a great day out for all the family!

Lough Neagh and Lough Neagh Discovery Centre

Lough Neagh, situated in the centre of Northern Ireland is one of the most beautiful attractions in County Armagh. Lough Neagh is a very large freshwater lake into which six major rivers flow. Many legends exist surrounding the Lough and its formation, one story told is of Irish Warrior legend Finn MacCool said to have created the lake when he hurled a giant piece of mainland ground into the Irish Sea, the huge crater left by the sod filled with water creating Lough Neagh and the ground thrown into the sea formed the Isle of Man! The Lough Neagh Discovery centre has audiovisual and interactive displays and also offers guided bird watching, the Centre is located on Oxford Island in County Armagh Ireland.

The festival now in it's fourth year and features everything from international sporting events, to historic lectures, family days out, and Watersports taster sessions centred at Lough Neagh's main marinas.

This year's festival will be held from 21st - 30th August and promises to be as exhilarating and fun filled as last year. Eimear Kearney, Marketing Officer of Lough Neagh Partnership said "Lough Neagh Fest promises to show people a different side to the Lough, we are hoping that local people will support the celebration of the Provinces most valuable natural asset"

Lough Neagh Fest kicks off on 21st August with a superb boating event 'Cruise the Lough', a guided tour of the Lough by sail or power vessel and is open to owners of suitable vessels. It is a fantastic spectator event for all the family and there will be a heritage boat display throughout the day at Kinnego Marina. 3n

Slieve Gullion Mountain and Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Slieve Gullion Mountain, Slieve Gullion Forest Park and its surrounds offer some of the most spectacular scenery in Armagh Ireland. Located in the south west of the County Armagh the mountain can be climbed from a couple of locations and a 10km drive offers impressive views of the surrounding Ring of Gullion (a series of foothills)

SLIEVE GULLION MOUNTAIN AND SLIEVE GULLION FOREST PARK

Armagh City

One of Ireland’s oldest and smallest cities Armagh City dates back to the arrival of Christianity and is considered the spiritual capital of Ireland. The city became a religious, cultural and learning centre in the Dark Ages, attractions in the city include the Armagh County Museum, the Armagh Planetarium and the two Saint Patrick’s Cathedrals of Armagh Ireland

Dawson Street - Armagh