Armagh Things to Do

  • Palace Stables, Armagh, Northern Ireland.
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Armagh Things to Do

  • Visit the real thing.

    In another tip I have described the Navan Fort Visitor Centre, which I found to be OK but not outstanding. The Centre is here because of three local archaeological sites locally, namely Haughey's Fort, Loughnashade (Lake of Treasures) and the "main event" which is Navan Fort itself, or Emain Macha in the Gaelic if you prefer. Now this is...

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  • It's all about threes.

    I lived in Northern Ireland for the first 28 years of my life and, I must admit, whenever I saw a sign for St. Patrick's Trian, I had no idea what a Trian was. I know now, courtesy of the very helpful lady at the Visitors Centre bearing that name, and it explains the title of this tip. A trian is basically a third. The lady showed me an aerial map...

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  • Small but interesting.

    This tip concerns the County Museumin Armagh and the title effectively says it all, for it is not the largest museum you will ever see although the exhibits on display are an interesting overview of the history of this important City. Firstly, the building where the Museum is housed is worthy of note. It has been described as resembling a small...

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  • It wasn't meant to look like this.

    As I have mentioned in other tips, Armagh is a very important ecclesiastical centre, and the Archbishops of Armagh in the Anglican (Church of Ireland) and Roman Catholic Churches are the Primates of all Ireland for their respective denominations. This religious importance derives, in large part, from the fact that Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of...

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  • Behind bars and in the bar!

    It is no secret amongst VT members that I am fond of a pint. You only have to look at the motto on my homepage, which has remained unchanged since I joined VT in 2005 to realise that. I would therefore be remiss in my VT duties if I didn't include at least one pub in my Armagh pages, so here it is.I remember drinking in the "Hole in the Wall" in...

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  • Yet another memorial.

    I have mentioned in other tips on my Northern Ireland pages about the huge sacrifice made by (mainly) young men from all over Ireland in both World Wars despite the fact that there was never conscription here, unlike the rest of the UK. Many hundreds of thousands volunteered and marched off to war, and far too many of them never came back. The...

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  • An older conflict.

    I have mentioned in other tips the large number of war memorials there are in Northern Ireland, primarily to the fallen of the two World Wars, as you might expect. In the centre of Armagh, however, there is a memorial commemorating the fallen of an earlier conflict, the South African campaign of 1899 - 1902. The Regiment commemorated principally is...

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  • I hope it's not loaded.

    Right in the centre of the Mall in Armagh stands the rather impressive cannon you can see in the photograph. I cannot find out too much about it but I do know that it was captured from the Russians in the Crimean War in 1854.Wbhat you might miss unless you are quite tall like me is the Russian eagle plaque on the top of the weapon. I certainy would...

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  • Lots of History.

    This tip refers to the Navan Fort Visitors Centre, naturally close by Navan Fort, or Emain Macha as it is know on the Gaelic and, although they are adjacent, I intend to deal with them seperately as they really are two different entities.It is difficult to know where to start in telling you of the history of this area. Emain Macha, the mound...

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  • Primate's Private Praying Place.

    Firstly, apologies for the rather poor quality of the photograph accompanying this tip, the typically low, bright autumn sun was in completely the wrong place when I visited. Also, as you can see, there was a wedding taking place (this building is popular for weddings) and I am not much inclined towards wedding crashing.The building you can just...

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  • A Palace fit for a Primate.

    Within the Palace Demesne (a demesne being a park or grounds to a large house) stands the Archbishop's Palace, the grand building you can see in the photograph. It is currently the home of Armagh Council but was, from 1770 until the 1970's the home of the Archbishops of Armagh. Armagh is a very important Christian centre and the Roman Catholic and...

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  • All the King's Horses?

    In this case, despite being called the Palace Stables, it is not the King's horses to be fed and watered here but those of the Primate of Ireland, also known as the Bishop of Armagh. The Stables are part of the Palace Demesne complex (see seperate tip for the Palace itself) and were, until recently, a visitor centre. However, with the opening of...

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  • There's not much left.

    Armagh is a city of huge religious importance and has been for centuries. I boasts not one but two cathedrals as well as a host of other religious history including close associations to the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick.One such remnant of the monastic and religious history is the now sadly decayed remains of the Franciscan Friary in the...

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  • A piece of penal history.

    The centre of Armagh City is dominated by the Mall, a large and pleasant open space. At one end stands the imposing Courthouse, contructed in the early 19th century and at the other, perhaps appropriately, stands the fobidding and now disused facade of Armagh Prison.In it's 230 year history it was predominantly used for housing women prisoners, and...

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  • A fine military museum.

    Readers of my other pages will know I am a complete sucker for a military museum, I have visited them all over the world, and Armagh boasts an absolute gem.Officially named the Royal Irish Fusiliers Regimental Museum, it actually encompasses a number of units now long disbanded or subsumed into other units. If you are interested, they are Royal...

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  • A very fine cathedral.

    Armagh is largely built on the Christian faith, the post-pagan settlement here being ordered by St. Patrick in the mid 5th century. There are two fine cathedrals in the city with the Anglican being the one more associated with Ireland's patron saint, and the history here is staggering albeit that the original church was a short distance from the...

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  • The pubs

    We hit 3...the pubs define a town for us and the friendly people. So, there is the Gas light, good one, Rafferty's, nice if you like a pub full of obnoxious football fans, and finally Red Neds, far and away the best. Say hi to PJ the bartender.

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  • The other St. Patrick's cathedral

    Ok here is the Catholic version of St. Patrick's cathedral. It was free and service was just letting out when we arrived. Ancient old cemetery next to it also that is worth viewing. St. Patrick was a big deal in this town.

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  • Two St. Patrick's cathedrals

    Armagh is evidently a big city on the St. Patrick list. First one is the church of Ireland's and it cost to go into it, we thought the minute and the half we spent was worth a pound, but on the way out we saw the sign that the suggested "donation" was 3 pounds each. They did not even mention the fact (that I read later) that Brian Boru is buried...

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  • The Argory

    A National Trust house and parkland with some pleasant walks through woodland and along the Blackwater River. The house is closed for renovations for 2007 but the park is open to visitors. There is a charge of £3 per car.

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  • Scenic Walks

    There are many parks and nature reserves to walk around and enjoy the scenery. Some examples:Peatlands park - worth a visit. There is sometimes demonstrations on how turf/peat was extracted. Can also go for a tour around the park on a train.Brackagh Moss nature reserve - Not many people know about this little place, but it is beautiful (see...

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Armagh Hotels

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  • Armagh City

    2 Friary Road, Armagh, BT61 7QJ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Silverwood Hotel

    Lurgan, Craigavon, Craigavon, Northern Ireland

  • Hillview Lodge

    33 Newtownhamilton Road, Armagh, BT60 2DL, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • De Averell House

    47 Upper English St, Armagh, BT61 8DW, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Fairylands Country House

    25 Navan Fort Road, Armagh, BT60 4PN, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Charlemont Arms Hotel

    63-65 English Street, Armagh, BT61 7LB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • The Meadows

    18 Monaghan Road, Armagh, BT60 4DA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Ni Eoghain Lodge

    32 Ennisclare Road, Armagh, BT60 2AX, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

  • Dean's Hill

    College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DF, United Kingdom

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