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County Armagh

Mention Armagh, and most people will think of apples and archbishops. In the more fertile northern part of the county, orchards are traditionally important in the local economy, with the lore of apple growing and their use a part of County Armagh life. And the pleasant cathedral city of Armagh itself is of course the ecclesiastical capital of all Ireland, and many a mitre is seen about it.

But in fact Armagh city's significance long pre-dates Christian times. Emhain Macha - Navan Fort- to the west of the town, was a royal stronghold and centre of civilisation more than 4,000 years ago. Marking the county's northern coastline, the inland freshwater sea of Lough Neagh provides sand for the construction industry, eels for gourmets, and recreational boating of all sorts. In times past, it was part of the route which brought coal from the mines in Coalisland in Tyrone to Dublin, the main link from Lough Neagh to the seaport of Newry being the canal from Portadown which, when opened in 1742, was in the forefront of canal technology.  

That County Armagh was a leader in canal technology is only one of its many surprises. The discerning traveller will find much of interest, among the undulating farmland and orchards, the pretty villages, or the handsome uplands rising to Carrigatuke above Newtownhamilton, and on towards the fine peak of Slieve Gullion in the south of the county, down to Forkhill and Crossmaglen and the Gaelic football heartlands.

Local Attractions and Information

Annaghmore (nr Portadown) Ardress (NT house) +44 (0)2838 851236

Armagh County Museum +44 (0)2837 523070

Armagh Planetarium +44 (0)2837 523689

Armagh Astronomical Observatory +44 (0)2837 522928

Armagh Palace Stables Heritage Centre +44 (0)2837 529629

Armagh St Patrick's Trian Visitor Centre +44 (0)2837 521801

Bessbrook Derrymore House +44 (0)2830 830353

Forkhill (Slieve Gullion)Ti chulainn Cultural Centre +44 (0)2830 888828

Loughgall Loughgall Country Park +44 (0)2838 892900

Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island +44 (0)2838 322205

Markethill Gosford Forest Park +44 (0)2837 551277

Moy The Argory (NT Mansion) +44 (0)2887 784753

Newry Derrymore House +44 (0)2830 830353

Portadown Moneypenny's Lock (Newry Canal) +44 (0)2837 521800

Scarva Newry Canal Visitor Centre +44 (0)2838 832163

Slieve Gullion Forest Park +44 (0)2830 848226


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Navan Centre & Fort - Armagh County Armagh Northern Ireland
Navan Centre & Fort
Armagh, Co. Armagh
The Navan Centre & Fort introduces you to one of Ireland’s most importance archaeological sites, the legendary Emain Macha [Navan Fort] and in a fun and friendly way. The site is steeped in legend and folklore as the ancient seat o ...

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Newforge House
Craigavon, Co. Armagh
John and Louise Mathers’ fine Georgian country house is less than half an hour’s drive southwest of Belfast yet, in a wonderful setting of mature trees, gardens and green fields on the edge of the quiet village of Magheralin, it feels ...

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