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Armagh City Skyline


contents... 02 welcome 04 attractions 31 shopping 38 events 49 recreation & leisure 58 gardens & parklands 67 eating out 85 entertainment 91 accommodation 104 genealogy 110 visitor services


Armagh...a significant place we want to share

Armagh Visitor Guide


welcome... This is Armagh... a story of our City and area that has a unique sense of place in Ireland with a significance and influence felt across the island for 6,500 years. We are at the heart of celebrating the life of Saint Patrick and a major destination on the Saint Patrick’s Trail.

Navan Centre & Fort

There are many special things to experience in Armagh ranging from the historically unique Navan Fort, Ireland’s only Planetarium, stunning National Trust properties, unmatched Georgian architecture, Armagh Public Library, Northern Ireland’s oldest library, two Saint Patrick’s Cathedrals, the amazing green space of the Mall and the chance to indulge in all manner of activities in a beautiful natural environment.


Attractions Key Car Park Coach Parking Multi Lingual Shop Toilets Disabled Toilets Disabled Access Education Conference Facility Restaurant DisabledGo outlines the disabled and access features at a particular venue. For full details on DisabledGo venues visit

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Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Crypt [Church of Ireland]


Saint Patrick’s Cathedral [Catholic] COI CATH NAVAN PLANET OBSER

Admission: Donations welcome Tours: £2.00 per person Pre-booking essential for groups

SPT ROYAL IRISH the free ‘Armagh Cathedrals’ app on Download

Apple or Android and take a self-guided tour MUSEUM TAYTO KEADY Armagh Visitor Guide



Cathedral Road, Armagh, BT61 7QX t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2813 [9am-5pm] w: e: /ArmaghParish The imposing twin spires of the Catholic Cathedral overlook the City on an elevated site. It was on this hill on the17th March 1840 that the foundation stone for Saint Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral was laid by Archbishop Crolly. It was over 60 years before the Cathedral was completed, with consecration on 24th July 1904.

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Opening hours: April -CATH October: 9.00am - 5.00pm November - March: 9.00am - 4.00pm NAVAN PLANET

Admission: ADULT: £3.00 ¤3.50 $5.00 | CONCESSION: £2.00 ¤2.50 $3.00 OBSER CHILDREN: Free SPT

ROYAL IRISH essential for groups GROUP BOOKINGS: Pre-booking 1-24 people: £3.00 ¤3.50 $5.00 | MUSEUM 25+ people: £2.00 ¤2.50 $3.00 TAYTO KEADY DAN COT DAN HOUSE ARGORY ARDRESS LIBRARY MILFORD CRAFTSWIRL Armagh Visitor Guide



Cathedral Close, Armagh, BT61 7EE t: +44 [0] 28 3752 3142 e: w:

Download the free ‘Armagh Cathedrals’ app on Apple or Android and take a self-guided tour

Saint Patrick founded his Great Church on the hill of Armagh in 445AD. The present building dates from 1268 and was last restored in 1834. The Cathedral contains an 11th century Celtic Cross and a number of sculptures from the Iron Age to the 20th century. The High King of Ireland, Brian Ború, was buried in the Cathedral grounds in 1014.



Navan Centre & Fort


Opening Hours: OBSER Summer Opening: 1 April - 30 September daily 10.00am - 6.30pm [Last admission 5.00pm] SPT Winter Opening: 1 October - 31 March daily 10.00am - 4.00pm ROYAL IRISH [Last admission 3.00pm] MUSEUMfor Tour Groups or Educational visits. Other times by arrangement TAYTO

Admission fee on request | euro accepted


Facility also includes: DAN COT Annual events calendar: genealogy: Centre of Celtic Spirituality – please see entry on page 106. DAN HOUSE See for details. Iron AgeARGORY dwelling is only available April-September. ARDRESS LIBRARY Armagh Visitor Guide



81 Killylea Road, Armagh, BT60 4LD t: +44 [0] 28 3752 9644 e: w: As one of Ireland’s most famous and important archaeological sites, the legendary Emain Macha, home of the famous Red Branch Knights and Ulster Cycle of tales’, is a place where myth and reality meets. The Centre offers visitors a unique appreciation of the history of the area. · An Exhibition on the site and its archaeological history · Living history in a period dwelling · Guided tour to the great Navan Fort · Enjoy the archaeology Discovery Room, an indoor/outdoor hands on archaeology experience · Learn about the mystical characters of the site such as Cu Chulainn and the Red Branch Knights · April - September children’s fun…daily admission includes face painting, dressing up, craft activities, quest trail, eco trail and eco warrior. · Centre has a restaurant/café

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Armagh Planetarium


Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm ROYAL IRISH [Digital Theatre Show at 2pm] SPT

Saturday/Bank Holidays: 10am - 5pm MUSEUM TAYTO

[Digital Theatre Shows hourly]

July andKEADY August - Sunday Hours: 10am - 5pm [Digital Theatre Shows hourly] DAN COT

Please visit for show programme DAN HOUSE ARGORY ARDRESS LIBRARY MILFORD CRAFTSWIRL Armagh Visitor Guide



College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DB t: +44 [0] 28 3752 3689 e: w: Hill,which Armagh, BT61 9DB Armagh Planetarium offers visitors a uniqueCollege experience is quite simply t: +44 [0] 28 3752 3689 “out of this world”. In the Planetarium’s amazing Digital Theatre you can e: 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. Visit our website for more information on our screenings and show times. You can also explore the exhibition areas using the interactive displays to learn more about the cosmos and can even 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. For school visitors we offer a curriculum-broadening experience for all age levels; from nursery through to secondary level students. Pre-booking Digital Theatre shows is essential | t: +44 [0] 28 3752 3689


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43 AbbeyMILFORD Street, Armagh, BT61 7DY t: +44 [0] 28 3752 3142 CRAFTSWIRL e: CELTIC @ NAVAN w: SLOANS HSE

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 10.00am - 1.00pm & 2.00pm - 4.00pm Other times available on request Guided Tours: 1 - 24 £2.00 per person 25+ £50 per group Pre-booking essential for groups Admission: Free | Donations welcome Armagh Public Library is the oldest library in Northern Ireland, founded in 1771 by Archbishop Richard Robinson as part of his plans to establish a university. The nucleus of the collection is Archbishop Robinson’s own library, containing 17th and 18th century books on many subjects. Also an accredited museum, the Library holds ancient Irish artefacts such as stone axes, flint arrowheads and bronze implements. The Library also holds resources to aid family history research.

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No 5 Vicars’ Hill KEADY


DAN HOUSE ARGORY ARDRESS LIBRARY MILFORD 5 Vicars’ Hill, Armagh, BT61 7ED CRAFTSWIRL Admin Office: 43 Abbey Street, Armagh, BT61 7DY t: +44 [0] 28 3752 3142 | e: CELTIC @ NAVAN w: SLOANS HSE

Opening Hours: April – September: Tuesday – Saturday October – March: Thursday – Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm & 2.00pm - 4.00pm Other times available on request. Pre-booking essential for groups. Admission: Adults £2.00 | Senior Citizens £1.00 | Children free Built in 1772 as the Diocesan Registry to hold records for the Church of Ireland Diocese, this Grade A listed building has been restored and is open to the public. While the records are no longer retained in the building, examples are on display, with ancient coins, gems, significant prints, early Christian artefacts and other collections and curiosities which belong to Armagh Public Library. There are also opportunities to explore the collections in more detail, through the use of touch screens making Vicar’s Hill an interactive experience, suitable for all ages.






Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum















Sovereign’s House, The Mall, Armagh, BT61 9DL t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2911 e: /royalirishfusiliersmuseum Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 10.00am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 4.00pm Open first Saturday of each month [May-September] 10.00am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 4.00pm Admission: Free The innovative displays in the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum offer a fresh approach to the interpretation of Irish military history. The timeline, with its events from Armagh, Ireland and the world, puts regimental events into context. Also on display are the two Victoria Crosses won by the Regiment. Research available by appointment.

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Armagh County Museum





The Mall East, Armagh, BT61 9BE t: +44 [0] 28 3752 3070 e: Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 10.00am - 5.00pm Saturday: 10.00am - 1.00pm & 2.00pm - 5.00pm [closed Sunday] Admission: Free Opened in 1937 as Ireland’s first County Museum, the building contains rich and diverse collections ranging from prehistoric artefacts to household items from a bygone age. There is also a rich collection of costumes and uniforms as well as natural history and transport memorabilia. Visitors can enjoy regular temporary exhibitions, a variety of workshops focusing on life in the past and opportunities for smaller groups to glimpse behind the scenes and “explore the stores.” For student & researcher the reference library is a rich resource of books, maps and photographs.











The Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Memorial Library & Archive










15 Moy Road, Armagh, BT61 7LY t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2981 | e: | w: Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 5.00pm. Other times by arrangement The Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive was established in 1999 and holds nationally and internationally important collections on Irish and church history, the Irish language and Irish Sport as well as the Irish Overseas Archive relating to migration to continental Europe since the sixteenth century. The library houses more than 40,000 books dating from as early as the fifteenth century and several hundred periodical titles as well as a fine collection of historical artefacts. The library and archive is an independent trust and can be accessed and used free of charge. Visitors are welcome, group visits by prior arrangements. Conference facilities and a genealogy service are also available [fees on request].

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Armagh Observatory







College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2928 e: w: & Opening Hours: Observatory Grounds, Gardens and Astropark open all year round during daylight hours Admission: Free Pre-booking essential for tours, cost available on request Visitors are welcome to stroll around the beautifully landscaped grounds and Astropark of the Armagh Observatory. These contain scale models of the Solar System and the Universe: two sundials, historic telescopes and telescope domes, the innovative sonic-art installation “aroundNorth”, and the Armagh Human Orrery, the first of its kind in the world.


“Mass kidnappings, inventions that revolutionised the worlds of business and sport, letters to and from Stalin, if there’s a building in Ireland with a more fascinating history than Milford House, just outside Armagh I’d be surprised” BBC Newsline

Milford House Collections Milford House, Milford Buildings Preservation Trust 48 Hill Street, Milford Village, Armagh, BT60 3PB t: +44 [0] 28 3752 5467 Keeper of Collections m: +44 [0] 78 5478 4256 e: w: Opening hours: April to September weekends and public holidays: 2.00-6.00pm [last tour 5pm] Open any other time throughout the year by prior arrangement. Admission: Please visit website for admission prices. Admission to house is by guided tour.

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Milford House is the former seat of the extraordinary McCrum family, one of Ireland’s premier linen manufacturing dynasties. The wonder of its age, the most technologically advanced in 19th century Ireland. World famous as home of William McCrum who invented the penalty kick. Later home to Manor House School. Today the house is a derelict listed building at risk and privately owned. The magnificent collections from Milford House are displayed in a beautiful house nearby with fascinating interiors. Includes stunning McCrum family possessions, the Somerset House London collections, and fine works of art.


Milford Penalty Kick Football Team, 1889

William McCrum Park Home of Penalty Kick Opening Hours: Dawn to dusk all year round. Milford Buildings Preservation Trust t: +44 [0] 28 3752 5467 e: | w: This park is the site which makes Milford village in County Armagh world famous. In 1890 this was the football pitch where William McCrum [18651932], a goal keeper in Milford football club and son of R.G McCrum of Milford House, invented the penalty kick rule in football which has since been adapted and is now used throughout the world in many sports. The place which revolutionised the world of sport is now a public park with a bust of Mr. McCrum by celebrated Belfast artist D.P Pettigrew. Information panels explain the story of the penalty kick and the extraordinary model village of Milford which was created by the McCrum family, one of Ireland’s premier linen manufacturing dynasties. Parking spaces available around the park. Guided tours of William McCrum Park and Milford village can be booked with Milford Buildings Preservation Trust throughout the year.



Dan Winter’s Cottage and Ancestral Home ROYAL IRISH MUSEUM TAYTO

KEADY DAN COT DANDiamond, HOUSE 1 The Loughgall, Armagh, BT61 8PH ARGORY t: +44 [0] 28 3885 2171 ARDRESS m: +44 [0] 77 1484 9729 LIBRARY

Opening Hours: MILFORD April - September: weekends only CRAFTSWIRL Monday - Friday: on request CELTIC @ NAVANweekends only October - March: Admission: on request SLOANS HSE

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The home of Dan Winter where the Orange Order was born in 1795. The cottage built in the 17th century consists of living quarters, spirit grocers and weavers’ quarters with a full working loom. It is situated at the centre of the site at which the famous Battle of the Diamond took place in 1795 and its timbers still bear the scorch marks from when the house was set alight during the battle. At 94ft long it is believed to be the longest thatched cottage in Ireland. View a collection of Hibernian and Orange regalia from all over the world.




Dan Winter’s House Ancestral Home [In the Farmyard]






9 Derryloughan Road, The Diamond, Loughgall, Armagh, BT61 8PH t: +44 [0] 28 3885 1344 | m: +44 [0] 77 6260 5169 e: | w: Opening Hours: Winter: Monday - Saturday: 10.30am - 5.30pm & Sunday 2.00pm - 5.30pm Summer: Monday - Saturday: 10.30am - 8.30pm & Sunday 2.00pm - 8.30pm Evening visits on request Ancestral home of the Winter family since 1665, this listed building was made famous following the Battle of the Diamond, where the decision to form the Orange Order was taken in the siting room of the house on 21st September 1795. This thatched, mud walled farmhouse was restored in 2000 with a large proportion of the original fabric being conserved. There is a wide range of artefacts on display including vintage farm machinery and original farm buildings in the farmyard. Located 240 yards from the Diamond Crossroads.







The Argory










144 Derrycaw Road, Moy, Co. Armagh, BT71 6NA t: +44 [0] 28 8778 4753 e: w: /NationalTrustMidUlster Please check for opening times and admission prices. The Argory is a stunning nineteenth century Victorian mansion furnished as it was in the early part of the twentieth century. It includes a fully working Bishops & Son Cabinet barrel organ which is played regularly throughout the season. Visit the award winning Courtyard Coffee Shop for freshly baked homemade scones and pick up a bargain in the second-hand bookshop or National Trust gift shop.

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Ardress House




Annaghmore, Co. Armagh, BT62 1SQ t: +44 [0] 28 8778 4753 e: w: /NationalTrustMidUlster


Please check for opening times and admission prices. Ardress is perhaps best known for its stunning plasterwork in the drawing room. Originally a fairly plain farmhouse, Ardress has been added to over the centuries, mainly by the Ensor family. Original enclosed farmyard houses a collection of tools and horse-drawn machinery as well as a number of farmyard animals.






Tayto Factory















The Square, Tandragee, Co. Armagh, BT62 2AB t: +44 [0] 28 3884 0249  e: w: Tours: Monday - Thursday: 10.30am & 1.30pm | Friday: 10.30am Closed on Public holidays Admission: Adults £5.00 | Concession £4.00 | Under 16 £3.00 Pre-booking essential Visitors have the opportunity to experience the magic of Tayto; discover how the fantastic crisps and snacks are made and even meet the famous Mr. Tayto our brand mascot.

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Sloan’s House Museum & Interpretive Centre



Museum of Orange Heritage, Sloan’s House Main Street, Loughgall, BT61 8HZ t: +44 (0) 28 3889 2048 | e: w: Opening Times: Tues – Sat: 10am – 4pm (Last entry at 3pm) Evening Visits on Request Admission: Adults: £3 | Children: £2 (under 10’s free) | Education groups: £1 pp Group Prices: Up to 35 people £35 | Up to 60 people £60 Pre-booking necessary for groups The Museum of Orange Heritage tells the story of the formation of the Orange Order, which was formed after the Battle of the Diamond in 1795. Experience the early days of the Institution with an exhibition telling its story along with a replica parlour scene giving you a glimpse into that time.


Armagh City Centre Public Art Trail

If you enjoy cities and walking, but want to find a way to make it interesting for others who don’t, including young children, then Armagh City’s Public Art may be the answer. Take a wander around the City and enjoy our historic streetscape through engaging with our artworks.

“Gargoyles and Angels Miniature Sculpture Trail”

by Holger Christian Lonze | Location: Various

These miniature bronze sculptures hidden around the streets get children excited as they embark on an adventure to track them down. The curious creatures are hidden amongst the City’s historic buildings, architecture and streets.

“StarStone” by Richard Perry Location: Market Square

This 5.5m sculpture made of local Armagh Marble takes inspiration from Armagh’s long curiosity with the night sky, but also the way its Cathedrals seemingly reach for the sky.

“Market Days and Fair Days” by Eleanor Wheeler

Location: Market Square

Situated in Market Square, the centre of commerce in Armagh City for hundreds of years, this ceramic wall art depicts the traditional ‘journey’ to market. The panels depict the produce taken to market as well as the musicians, storytellers and rhymers that entertained the crowds.

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“Celestial Sphere” by Brian Connolly Location: Upper English Street

The brightest stars of the night sky have been mapped onto this 2m diameter sphere. The sphere is aligned to the north with the stars correctly orientated towards the pole star. The sphere is set on granite stones engraved with information about the history of Astronomy over more than 2,000 years.

“For the Love of Emer” by Martin Heron Location: Scotch Street | Dobbin Street This sculpture depicts the famous Irish Hero Cuchulainn, as he goes to the Isle of Skye to learn the art of balancing on the butt of a spear or the rim of a shield. All this effort was to prove himself to the father of Emer. You can hear the story of Cuchulainn at the Navan Centre & Fort.

“Saints and Scholars Railings”

by David Dudgeon Location: Dobbin Street Lane | Friary Road These railings are inspired by the legacy of Saint Patrick, referencing the intricate architecture of our two Cathedrals as well as the Celtic imagery of the ‘Book of Armagh’. Also see “Turning Point” located on the Mall where you can look inside and see the stars [see Page 59].


Armagh Gaol

Gaol Square, Armagh, BT60 1AQ t: +44 [0] 28 9035 7527 e: | w: Opening Hours: Armagh Gaol operates as a pop-up tourist attraction. Please check for most up to date tour times Admission: Check for admission charges Armagh Gaol is one of Northern Ireland’s most important landmark buildings. Steeped in history, for most of its working life Armagh Gaol was the primary women’s prison in Northern Ireland until its closure in 1986. The Gaol is Grade B+ listed and today it operates as a pop-up tourist attraction, giving the public the opportunity to see the Gaol in its original state. The guided tour will transport you back in time to visit areas such as the Circle, B-Wing, the punishment cells and the execution area. The Gaol has seen many changes over the years. Come and see Armagh Gaol in its untouched state and hear the stories of the people who spent time inside the walls of this infamous prison. Armagh Visitor Guide


shopping... ‘Stunningly beautiful, vibrant and hospitable, Armagh is the ideal place to indulge in a spot of retail therapy. Discover a delightful mix of familiar high street names, side-by-side with high quality, independent stores.’


Whether you are a visitor to Armagh or a proud native of the area you will find a unique shopping experience in Armagh City and its rural towns and villages. Prepare yourself for serious retail therapy which brings together a fabulous collection of distinctive independent shops, alongside the best known names on the high street. In Armagh City, set in a quality urban environment, a fantastic

range of shops, restaurants and entertainment are all wrapped up with a wonderfully warm, intimate small City welcome. Be spoilt by a thriving cultural scene and a perfect balance between all things contemporary and traditional. This sharp stylish image is reflected in the City’s many outlets lining the main shopping streets and its three shopping centres.

The quaint and compact City Centre allows you to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the shops amidst the beautiful setting of Armagh’s ancient and iconic Georgian architecture. Armagh Visitor Guide


Local markets in Market Square and the Shambles Yard offer the best of local and fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and foodie treats as well as clothing, gifts and homewares. Not to be missed are the nearby rural shopping towns of Keady, Markethill and Tandragee, as well as numerous villages with lots of surprises in store. These towns and villages are home to everything from exclusive specialist shops to everyday grocery stores.

You will be surprised and impressed by what Armagh City & surrounding towns have to offer shoppers: • Big brands • Individual, unique outlets • Fantastic customer service • Excellent value for money • Beautiful surroundings • Convenient car parking


Fashion and Style for the whole family A wide range of unique, independent retailers coupled with high street stores ensures a fantastic choice of fashion for the entire family in Armagh. For ladies who want to make a grand entrance at every occasion, Armagh has lots to offer. Stylish boutiques ooze

style with luxury brands to tempt all tastes and pockets alongside high street names also offering great choice and value for money. For men, Armagh has a perfect mix of casual, evening and sports and work-wear, with a fashionable vibe, and built to last. Top class service and guidance is on hand to keep you on the right track. Shopping for the kids is made easy, with reasonable prices, quality fit and superb service. Catering for all ages, Armagh will delight the trendiest of tots to the most fashion savvy teens.

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Accessories and Gifts Bring panache to your wardrobe and treat yourself or someone else to some of the distinctive accessories and gifts on offer. From jewellery and bags to stylish shoes,

a tasteful selection of trinkets and treasures are here to be discovered.

Beauty Bliss Armagh is the ideal location to soothe away stresses, relax and unwind. Enjoy the perfect atmosphere to achieve inner peace and outer perfection whilst detoxing mind and body in the award winning beauty clinics, hair salons and hotels. In an increasingly hectic world, you can look

forward to being pampered from head to toe in expert hands.

Something for the home Put Armagh on top of your list if you are in the market for antiques, furniture, accessories and art. Both affordable and stylish, Armagh fills this void with flair! Source unusual

beautiful charms as you browse through the overwhelming selection of interiors, furniture, lighting, art, fabric and antiques. For a full listing of many of the outlets on offer please visit

Fabulous Foods Armagh City and surrounding towns proudly present a great combination of big names and local independent grocery, supermarkets and local markets. This means more choice and value

for you, offering quality, fresh produce from award winning butchers, bakers and greengrocers. Stock up on the finest local produce

with Armagh’s wide selection of food and drink.

Bramley Apple Armagh is known as the Orchard County, producing 35,000 tonnes of Bramley apples annually. As of 2012, Armagh Bramley apples have joined a select group of food and drinks to have been awarded PGI status [Protected Geographical Indication] which is designed to protect and promote the names of high quality regional food and drinks. The award recognises the sharper, cleaner and slightly tarter taste of the Armagh Bramley compared with cooking apples from other countries. You can pick up fresh packed apples and locally produced juices and ciders in many outlets across Armagh. Want to learn more about the Bramley Apple and its special history with County Armagh?


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Download ‘The Bramley Apple Tour’ app today on Apple or Android. The tour is suitable for cycling and driving.


Local Markets Shambles Variety Market, Armagh Market Opening Hours: Tuesday & Friday: 8.00am - 4.00pm Car Boot Sale: Saturday Fortnightly: 8.00am - 1.00pm Traders Opening Time: 7.00am Customer Opening Time: 8.00am Set between Armagh’s two famous Cathedrals the Shambles Variety Market is a wonderful place to shop and visit. Operating for over 20 years the market is open weekly on Tuesday and Friday and hosts a range of events throughout the year. The Shambles Variety Market prides itself on selling an array of quality goods many of which are handmade, locally grown and produced. So come along to this unique market and experience it for yourself! Market Square, Armagh Market Opening Hours: Tuesday & Saturday: 8.00am - 4.00pm A local market is held in Market Square every Tuesday and Saturday. Shoppers can purchase flowers, local produce, ladies and gents clothing, work wear and textiles. Fish on Fridays, Market Square Opening Hours: 8.00am - 4.00pm Freshly caught fish can be purchased in Market Square every Friday.



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Armagh International Road Race February This event organised by Armagh Athletic Club supported by the then Armagh City and District Council began life in 1990 as part of International Sport and Cultural week linking it to a series of events throughout Ireland. The event has developed over time and now attracts athletes of the highest elite standards from all over the world including America, Europe, Africa and Russia, in addition to the hundreds of local athletes from all over the UK and Ireland. This combination of participation and elite performance has made this event in recent years one of the most significant road races on the

International Calendar with athletes from all over Europe and the United States vying for invitations to take part. In recent years the Men’s 5K has been described as the ‘greatest indepth 5K Road Race in the World’. The programme consists of 12 races staged on The Mall 1000m circuit lined with spectators, fairy lights and iconic buildings for an evening of exciting and atmospheric action. search “Armagh International Road Race” @armaghintl5k

Saint Patrick’s Festival 10th - 20th March


Armagh has a proud link with Saint Patrick. The city, along with Downpatrick, another key location with strong connections to the Saint place themselves at the centre of the March celebrations. Armagh was the location for Patrick’s first stone church in Ireland, founded where the current Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral now stands and the city is proud of its two magnificent cathedrals and its strong Patrician legacy. The International Saint Patrick’s Day Festival takes place from 10-20 March with events happening across Armagh and Downpatrick. The festival as a whole includes elements to appeal to all ages and interests including drama, sacred, traditional and classical music, language, culture, tours, walks, art, and comedy. The main event on 17th March takes the form of a carnival procession with cultural entertainment. As Armagh is Saint Patrick’s chosen city, it is the ideal place to spend this key holiday period.

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Tommy Makem International Festival of Song 28th, 29th, 30th April The Tommy Makem International Festival of Song invites the song people of the world to gather around Armagh, heartland of Irish myth and legend, for the annual event. The Festival, named in honour of one of the areas most famous musical sons, involves a series of lectures, sharing of ideas, singing and presentation of old and new songs. The event works towards a further understanding of the dynamics of the song tradition, and its universal centrality in the cultures of the world. The Festival invites all to enjoy the culture and hospitality of the local people and experience the living inheritance of the song tradition, perhaps the strongest of any part of Ireland. The whole of Armagh is a unique place, and its landscape and people mark it out as one of the few small areas in Ireland to have retained its culture and identity so clearly.

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The Apple Blossom Festival takes place in May each year and centres on the Manor Estate and Country Park in Loughgall. There are numerous events across the area at this time. Armagh is known as the Orchard County and towards the north of the county every hillside is covered almost exclusively with rows of Bramley apples. In early May during the Apple Blossom event the hillsides are in full bloom with white and pink blossom that lasts for only a short while. Armagh Bramley Apple enjoys an unrivalled reputation for fruit firmness, colour and keeping quality. The Armagh Bramley Apple was awarded the esteemed Protected Geographical Indicator [PGI] status in 2012 seeing this humble fruit sit beside other elite products such as Parma Ham and Champagne. Bramleys are cooking apples used for a variety of produce such as juice or cider and the Apple Blossom event presents to the public how to cook their famous apple. Apple Blossom gives the general public the unique opportunity to see how the Armagh Bramley apple industry still values quality and best practice as an integral part of orchard production.

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John Hewitt International Summer School, July The John Hewitt Society was formed in 1987 to commemorate the life and work of the renowned Northern Irish poet who died that year. The Summer School is an internationally renowned festival of literature and the arts. The School adopts a specific theme each year and provides a safe, neutral and unthreatening space to explore these themes. The School takes place in the wonderful, modern surroundings of the Marketplace Theatre and Arts Centre in Armagh. Each year it attracts people from all over Ireland, Britain, Europe and the United States to experience the wide range of distinct, though linked, cultural events, including creative writing workshops, poetry study, discussion and readings, open debate, music, drama, film and visual arts. The residential nature of the Summer School provides opportunities for people from all communities to live, work and socialise together throughout the week, encouraging interdependence. In order to maximise participation, the School works in partnership with local councils, arts organisations, community organisations and businesses to provide bursaries to individuals who might otherwise be excluded from attending School.

Road Bowls August According to the rules of the Bol Chumann na hÉireann , the Irish Road Bowling Association, the road bowler throws a 28-ounce [1.75 pounds or 800 grams] castiron sphere that looks like a small cannonball. It’s called a ‘bowl’ in County Cork, but in County Armagh fans call it a ‘bullet’. The road bowler tries to move the bullet from the start to the finish of a pre-determined course in as few drives or throws as possible. Today road bowling is a popular competitive sport where it is played, but the most vigorous competitions are in two Irish Counties: Armagh and Cork.


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Charles Wood Summer School August Charles Wood, the renowned musician and composer, was born at 11 Vicars’ Hill, Armagh in 1866 and received his early musical education as a chorister in the Cathedral opposite his home. He later studied at the Royal College of Music and later became a Professor of music at Cambridge University. When Wood died in 1926, he left behind a legacy of over 250 sacred works including hymn tunes, songs, music for Greek plays and chamber music. It is largely his sacred music that he is remembered for today and this is why the focus of the Summer School is music in worship.


7 Hills Blues Fest August Already an established event on the Blues calendar, this event grows each year providing musical therapy for all ages. From Chicago Rhythm, to Funk Style this festival brings some of the finest Blues bands to the atmospheric streets of Armagh. Local bands take their place amongst top class international acts from across Europe, USA and further afield ensuring that 7 Hills Festival goers are in for a real treat! Fringe events add an artistic and familyorientated buzz to the Festival, with eateries and shops getting involved to bring a real Blues feel to the whole City Centre. A weekend not to be missed‌

The Bard of Armagh Festival November The Bard of Armagh Festival of Humorous Verse, which has become something of a unique national treasure, can boast of a complete sell out of 1000 for every final. Patrons make the annual pilgrimage from every corner of Ireland and from overseas to take part in this unique evening of true and original hilarity provided by the ordinary people.  The judging panel at the most recent finals remarked that the literary content, the quality of presentation, the audience response and the variety of themes was of the highest standard in all the 20 years of the event.


William Kennedy Piping Festival November The William Kennedy Piping Festival organised by Armagh Pipers Club [founded 1966] was inaugurated in November 1994 as part of a year long initiative proposed by Armagh City and District Council entitled ‘Armagh Together’. The Armagh Pipers Club decided to create a new event to commemorate the life and work of the 18th Century piper, pipe maker and extraordinary inventive genius William Kennedy. The Festival celebrates the worldwide community of piping and has hosted piping traditions from all over the globe and is now recognised as the premier International Piping Festival in the World. Each year the circle of piping traditions grows and the festival features a new and exciting line-up and initiatives.

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Georgian Day November Armagh City hosts its annual Georgian Day which promises to be the most exciting and unique day of the Christmas calendar in the region. Georgian Day sees the City transformed with market stalls offering stunning indigenous crafts and food to excite the Christmas shopper seeking that special gift. The scent of warm mince pies and mulled wine combined with the sound of local musicians ensures a truly unique atmosphere the whole family can enjoy. The event creates a genuine experience of Christmas long ago in the beautiful Georgian setting of Armagh City Centre.


Other Listings... February • Celtic Mindfulness – a festival of Imbolic at Navan • Celtic Family Valentine lunch at Navan • Mullahead and District Ploughing Match March • “From Pagan to St Patrick” an evening of celebration at Navan • Saint Patricks Shamrock Supper at Navan • Easter at Navan April • Armagh Fashion and Beauty Festival • Tandragee 100 Road Race May • The Celtic Apprentice at Navan • Armagh Craft Fair • Love your local market, The Shambles Yard • Spring Festival at Navan – Beltaine June • Armagh County Agricultural Show • Bricriu’s Feast – A mid-Summer Murder at Navan August • August Craft Month • Wickerman Festival –“ Lunasadh Festival of Light’ September • Environment and Heritage Open Day • Culture Night October • Armagh Food & Cider Festival • Halloween at Navan • Armagh 10 mile Road Race November • Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre December • Christmas in Armagh City • A family Christmas experience at Navan • The Market Place Theatre Pantomine For further details visit

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County Armagh Golf Club

Hillview Lodge Golf Driving Range

7 Newry Road, Armagh, BT60 1EN t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2501 e: w :

33 Newtownhamilton Road, Armagh, BT60 2PL t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2000

Opening Hours: 8.00am - dusk An 18-hole parkland course overlooking Armagh City. Facilities include restaurant, bar and golf shop. Visitors are welcome all week except on Thursday and Saturday.



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e: w: There are 14 covered bays open from early morning to late at night. A separate bay has been set aside for professional tuition, which is available by arrangement. There are also facilities for having your lesson recorded.

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Loughgall Country Park 11-14 Main Street, Loughgall, Armagh, BT61 8HZ t: +44 [0] 28 3889 2900 | e: w: 18-hole parkland course with USGA Greens. Facilities include reception area with tea, coffee and snacks. Clubs, golf buggies and golf trolleys available for hire. Annual subscription or daily play rates as well as group rates for societies.

Tandragee Golf Club Markethill Road, Tandragee, Armagh, BT62 2ER t: +44 [0] 28 3884 1272 e: | w: 22-hole parkland course with golf clubs available for hire. Facilities include restaurant, bar, golf shop and clubhouse.

Leisure Orchard Leisure Centre Folly Lane, Armagh, BT60 1AT t: +44 [0] 28 3751 5920 w: Opening Hours: Please view up to date opening times and swim times online or alternatively contact the facility direct. • • • • • • • • • •

25M Swimming Pool Children’s Pool Relaxation Area with Hot and Cold Spa, Steam Room and Sauna ‘State of the Art’ Visions Fitness Suite 3 Court Sports Hall Dance Studio Spin Studio 25+ Classes per week Gullivers Soft Play area Café Olympus

Keady Recreation Centre c/o St Patrick’s High School, St Patrick’s Street, Keady, Co. Armagh, BT60 3TH t: +44 [0] 28 3753 8388 w:


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Tandragee Recreation Centre 24 Madden Road, Tandragee, Co. Armagh, BT62 2DG t: +44 [0] 28 3884 1110 w: Richhill Recreation Centre New Line Road, Richhill, BT61 9QR t: +44 [0] 28 3887 0718 w: Cathedral Road Recreation Centre Cathedral Road, Armagh, BT61 7QX t: +44 [0] 28 3751 8338 w: Ardmore Recreation Centre Ballinahonemore Road, Armagh, BT60 1JD t: +44 [0] 28 3751 8384 w: Armagh Parkrun Weekly free 5K timed run at 9.30am every Saturday at The Palace Demesne & Public Park.

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Fishing & Angling For those who are interested in fishing, Armagh has numerous lakes and rivers to enjoy this activity: Seagahan Lake | Reservoir - Game Fishing Lowry’s Lake - Game Fishing Shaw’s Lake - Game fishing Tullnawood Lake - Game Fishing Darkley Lake - Game fishing Aughnagurgan Lake - Game Fishing Callan River - Game Fishing The Cusher - Game Fishing The Blackwater River - Game & Coarse Fishing Clay Lake - Coarse Fishing Loughgall Country Park Coarse Fishery - Coarse Fishing Coarse is available all year round.

Bait Shop: G.I. Stores 5 Dobbin Street, Armagh, BT61 7QQ t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2335

Procastangling 1d Dobbin Street, Armagh, BT61 7QQ t: +44 [0] 28 3752 4455 Brian Russell Fly Fishing Fly Fishing coach & guide t: +44 [0] 77 1612 0441 w: For more information please visit


Gosford Karting 92 Gosford Road Markethill, Co. Armagh, BT60 1RH t: +44 [0] 28 3755 1248 e : w:


Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday [daylight hours] Closed Sunday Admission: Practice sessions ÂŁ10 per 15 minutes. Grand Prix races start at ÂŁ20 per head. Gosford Karting is an outdoor go-karting track; a family-run business which has been opened for over 15 years. As a member of the National Karting Association this facility is run to very high standards with all karts fully serviced and in excellent condition. It also provides separate karts for children, adults and Grand Prix. Facilities: snack shop available, car parking, toilets and picnic area.

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Phils Farm


75 Cortamlet Road, Altnamackin, Newry, Co Down, BT35 0EL t: +44 [0] 77 1151 1139 e: w:

Armagh Shopping Centre, Thomas Street, Armagh, BT61 7AE t: +44 [0] 28 3751 7985 w:

Phils Farm is the biggest and most diverse animal farm in Northern Ireland. Activities include a riding school and pony trekking. Available for group bookings, it offers fun including a climbing wall, bouncy castle and meeting friendly animals such as Skippy the wallaby, Levi the lama and Sully the camel. Phils Farm also offers a mobile animal farm and seasonal Scandinavian reindeer and sleigh hire. Booking essential.

Armagh’s largest indoor play area, based in the heart of Armagh City. Play frames are suitable for children up the age of 10 years, incorporating 3 slides, ball pools, zip lines and much more! Activity centres, bouncers and toys for younger babies to enjoy are also available. Throughout the year, Hugglebugs have various events and activity sessions including kids cookery classes available.


Lurgaboy Adventure Centre 12 Gosford Road, Armagh, BT60 1LQ t: +44 [0] 28 3755 2425 e: w: Pre - booking centre only 3hrs of activities price ÂŁ25 per head for 5 activities Minimum group size: 6 Most popular activities: 375m long zip wire, raft building, archery, high level ropes course, leap of faith, high all aboard, Jacobs ladder and balance beams. Everything takes place at our spectacular 35 acre site set in the beautiful Armagh countryside. Ideal for families looking for a fun afternoon in the great outdoors or a group of friends seeking to try something new.

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Kernan Aviation 56 Mullahead Road ,Tandragee, Craigavon, BT62 2LA m +44 [0] 7711841492 e: w: Booking by appointment : Prices on request Kernan Aviation is a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Approved flying school based close to Tandragee Co Armagh. We offer pleasure/leisure flights around the beautiful North, South, East and West coast of Ireland alongside our premier pilot training facility. One of our most popular flights is to view the beautiful Mourne Mountains from the air, taking in the wide expanse of Carlingford Lough and beyond. All our instructors are fully qualified CAA approved with thousands of hours experience in the air. We operate in a safe, relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere where you and your family can experience the joy and exhilaration of flight, seeing the views from the air while leaving memories to cherish. Facilities available include a club house available for coffee/tea, wheelchair accessible, car parking, toilets and picnic area where you can soak up the atmosphere on those fabulous summer days.


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The Mall The Mall or Commons has been central to the leisure activities of Armagh’s citizens for over 200 years. From 1731- 1773 it was a horseracing course with monthly trading fairs in the central area. In 1765 Archbishop Robinson arrived and began a plan to redevelop Armagh as a City to rival Dublin. The Commons and its raucous pursuits did not fit in with the Archbishop’s vision for a new City. He gifted the new mall to the citizens of Armagh as a public

walkway. Over the years the treelined promenade became an area for sports such as cricket, football and rugby. Care of the Mall was left in the hands of the Mall Trustees, and by 2003 a partnership was formed along with the then Armagh City and District Council. The Heritage Lottery Fund granted an award for refurbishment which aimed to update the facilities of the Mall without losing its unique character. In 2005 the Mall won the Civic Trust Award and the Irish Architecture Award.


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The Armagh Observatory Grounds and Astropark The Armagh Observatory is a modern astronomical research institute, the oldest scientific institution in Northern Ireland. Founded by Archbishop Richard Robinson in 1789, it stands in approximately 14 acres of attractive, landscaped gardens which are open all year round during daylight hours. A walk through the Astropark is a stroll through the Universe. The path starts close to the Planetarium car park and leads to a scale model of the Solar System in which every three paces corresponds to 100 million km in space. Close to the main Observatory building are two sundials, historic telescopes and telescope domes, the innovative sonic-art installation “aroundNorth”, and the Armagh Human Orrery, the first of its kind in the world. |

Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Gardens The gardens at the Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral consist of a monastic herb garden laid out in the simple pattern employed by the early Christian monasteries. The gardens are accessible from Market Street as well as the main entrance to the Cathedral.

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The Palace Demesne Public Park Situated within walking distance of the City Centre, for over two hundred years the undulating parkland of the Palace Demesne has been one of the glories of Armagh. The Demesne, comprising some 300 acres, is the creation of Archbishop Richard Robinson. The Palace was the residence of the Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 to 1975.

to provide a sensory experience that will appeal to both ablebodied and disabled visitors, the garden is made up of five distinct areas linked by a winding path. The park includes a modern accessible Play Park and Green Gym. There is also a restaurant; The Moody Boar. The Palace Gardens are also extremely popular for wedding photography and can be booked for a reasonable cost.

The walks around the Demesne vary in distance and effort, taking you into the back meadows and around the more formal gardens. There is also a chance to relax in the ‘Garden of the Senses’ created

Navan Centre Ecology Trail Enjoy the Navan Centre Ecology Trail, which has interactive activities that will bring the environmental aspects and the conservation work at Navan to life. There is a bug hotel, living willow structure, listening posts, bird boxes, viewing hide and Armagh’s only ‘bug and beastie’ viewer. This is your chance to get up close to the natural environment. Learn more about who else lives at Navan in the hidden crevices of our walls or under the hedges & stones! The walk to the Navan Mound has been greatly enhanced with information panels and bronze cast artwork that show the great site in a new dimension. Navan has always been a tranquil and intriguing place for walkers, a place of myth and legend. On your return to the Centre take a seat on one of our beautifully carved benches to view the lovely rich landscape where each tree tells its own tale about local ecology and traditional culture.

Argory Gardens The Pleasure Gardens feature many interesting plants including specimens from the ‘Springer’ collection. There are two pavilions at the corners of the Pleasure Gardens and two delightful Victorian arbours. A path leads through to the beautiful rose garden with its regimented box hedges and a fascinating sundial dating back to the 1820’s.


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Ardress House Gardens

Gosford Forest Park, Markethill

The delightful Rose Garden was replanted in 2000 with a mixture of varieties of Irish roses alongside a variety of Floribundas. In the walled garden, within the farmyard, there are planted many varieties of old Irish apple trees. The Ladies’ Walk provides a perimeter path around the grounds.

Gosford Forest Park, formerly Gosford Demesne, comprises some 240 hectares of diverse woodland and open parkland set in gentle rolling drumlin countryside. The park contains a large collection of traditional breeds of poultry, rare breeds of farm animals and a herd of red deer. There is also a play park for children.

Clare Glen Experience the great outdoors at Clare Glen, a 55 acre rural retreat set around the scenic Cusher River just 1.5 miles from Tandragee. Open 365 days per year, the Glen has numerous varieties of Flora and Fauna with marked walks and trails through the forest, some of which are suitable for wheelchairs. The peaceful environment makes Clare Glen a perfect spot to introduce children to the wonders of nature and the great outdoors. parkland set in gentle rolling drumlin countryside...

Loughgall Country Park Loughgall Country Park is a rural haven for relaxation and recreation. Situated just 15 minutes from the Centre of Armagh and 15 minutes from the M1, its facilities offer something for everyone. Golf - The 18 hole course has been designed to provide all golfers with a test of skill and composure. Coarse Fishing - The 37 acre lake is well stocked and has 100 fishing stands and facilities for the disabled.

Orchards Armagh is renowned as the ‘Orchard County’ or the ‘Orchard of Ireland’. The area comes alive with colour as the pink flowers of the apple trees blanket much of the deep green landscape. There is a history of apple growing in Armagh dating back 3,000 years. Saint Patrick planted an apple tree at Ceangoba, an ancient settlement east of the City.

Play - The extensive award winning play area and junior adventure trail provide entertainment for children of all ages.

Today more than 4000 acres of Armagh are covered by apple trees. Approximately 90% of the crops are Armagh Bramley Apples which are harvested here in County Armagh. The Armagh Bramley was awarded PGI [Protected Geographical Indication] status in 2012.

Walk/Cycle -There are a number of signposted routes through the park.

Download ‘The Bramley Apple Tour’ app on Apple or Android.


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Group tours of Armagh’s apple orchards arranged on request. Contact Armagh Visitor Information Centre on +44 [0] 28 3752 1800.

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Saint Patrick’s Way: The Pilgrims Walk Saint Patrick’s Way: The Pilgrim’s Walk is a 132 km (82 mile) trail connecting key Christian heritage sites in Armagh and Downpatrick, the two locations on the island of Ireland most closely related to St Patrick. The way is suitable for leisure walking and pilgrimages. It begins at the Navan Centre outside Armagh City, winding through beautiful landscapes and historic cities to end at Saint Patrick’s final resting place at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick. The Pilgrim’s Walk in its entirety takes between 6-10 days, depending on your pace and is signposted. A guide to the walk is also available, free of charge from Visitor Information Centres which describes the route and provides more detailed maps to enable you to also walk it. In addition, you can pick up a Pilgrim’s Passport at Armagh Visitor Information Centre. Stamp it at the 10 locations along the route, as a souvenir of your journey. When you show your completed Passport at the Saint Patrick’s Centre in Downpatrick, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement. For further guidance, more information is available online or from staff at Armagh Visitor Information Centre +44 (0) 28 3752 1800.



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As Ireland’s ecclesiastical capital, many impressive sites and attractions can be found in Armagh. From pre-historic Ireland to an unmatched Georgian architecture, modern day Armagh is built against a rich backdrop of history, clearly visible through its historic buildings and open spaces. For those who want to explore everything the city has to offer, a guided walking tour is a must. You’ll walk through Armagh’s rich history as you hear stories and anecdotes about the area, learn about the city’s renowned Georgian architecture and stroll along the distinct cobbled streets as you unearth some hidden gems along the way. For further information and to book visit or contact staff at Armagh Visitor Information Centre +44 (0) 28 3752 1800

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Armagh offers an eclectic range of eateries to suit all taste buds and pockets. Take your pick from a wealth of independent award winning and fine dining restaurants from the traditional to something that little bit different. Enjoy Armagh’s Georgian streets and take this opportunity to discover something new.

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4 Vicars Restaurant 4 Vicars Hill, Armagh, BT617ED t: +44 [0] 28 3752 7772 e: w: /4vicars @4Vicars Booking for dinner essential. Booking for lunch advised. 4 Vicars is an intimate restaurant, specialising in serving delicious dishes using locally sourced produce. Lunch and dinner menus vary depending on seasonality and availability of ingredients. 4 Vicars also serve excellent coffee and tea with home baked scones and pastries. 4 Vicars is set in beautiful surroundings beside Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral.

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‘serving delicious dishes using locally sourced produce...’ Armagh City Hotel [Friary Restaurant] 2 Friary Road, Armagh, BT60 4FR t: +44 [0] 28 3751 8888 e: w: /ArmaghCityHotel @ArmaghCityHotel Booking advisable Friary Restaurant offers an intimate atmosphere for every occasion. Catering for all tastes and requirements using local ingredients and the latest trends in cookery, this restaurant will not disappoint you for quality and choice. Stay up to date with latest seasonal offers on their website and Facebook pages.

Digby’s Bar & Restaurant 53 Main St, Killylea, Co. Armagh, BT60 4LS t: +44 [0] 28 37 568330 e: w: Booking advisable at weekends. Digby’s Bar & Restaurant is situated on the main tree lined street of Killylea, 6 miles west of the historical City of Armagh. A traditional family run restaurant which not only offers excellent cuisine and fine wines, but also a relaxing cosy and friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome. Visitors are spoilt for choice with an extensive menu ranging from bar snack to à la Carte.

Downstairs @ Turners 57-65 English Street, Armagh, BT61 7LB t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2719 +44 [0] 28 3752 2028 e: w:


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Offering a stylish, modern-classical setting alongside the best in Irish cuisine, Downstairs @ Turners is proving a popular bistro well worth a visit. The menu is designed around each season’s produce, with an extensive wine list. Also located within the hotel the lounge is idea for relaxing and enjoying a drink or bite from the bar snack menu, whilst the Dining Room, known for fine dining, offers an a la carte menu, with steaks a speciality.

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Armagh Indian Nights 5 Scotch Street, Armagh, BT61 7BY t: +44 [0] 28 3751 8346 Bringing the aromas of India to the streets of Armagh, you will find Armagh Indian Nights open 7 days a week. Choose your curry from Korma to Paal and all spice intensities in-between. Offering a range of specials for lunch [4 courses £5.95], evening meals [4 courses £9.95] and take-away [4 courses £6.95], guests can bring their own bottle and feast on a taste of India.

Basil Sheils Bar & Restaurant [The Forge Restaurant] 80 Dundrum Road, Tassagh, Co. Armagh, BT60 2QE t: +44 [0] 28 3753 8647 e: w: /BasilSheilsBar The Forge Restaurant offers a great dining experience in a warm cosy and relaxed venue. Inventive cooking with intriguing combinations of ingredients have been designed to impress, with simpler classics and wonderfully flavoured signature dishes based on fresh locally sourced produce. Afternoon teas also available.

East Chinese Restaurant 143 Railway Street, Armagh, BT61 7HT t: +44 [0] 28 3752 8288 e: w: / East Chinese Restaurant is a family owned restaurant offering a delicious choice of Cantonese and European dishes. Providing the ultimate choice in Oriental cuisine with a huge range of delicious starters, main courses and desserts, East Chinese Restaurant brings a true taste of the Orient to Armagh.

Embers Restaurant 7 Market Street, Armagh, BT60 3RP t: +44 [0] 28 3751 8544 e: w: /embers.armagh Booking advisable An affordable, relaxed, casual dining experience from cooked breakfast, lunch specials to evening occasions. You’ll find something to suit the whole family on Embers extensive grill bar menu that includes succulent char-grilled steaks, homemade burgers, freshly battered cod & chips, mouth watering ribs & chicken or tasty pasta dishes.


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Green Room Restaurant @ The County Armagh Golf Club County Armagh Golf Club, 7 Newry Road, Armagh, BT60 1EN t: +44 [0] 28 3752 1720 e: w: /GreenRoomRestaurantArmagh Green Room Restaurant is based right in the middle of Armagh City within the County Armagh Golf Club. The restaurant offers stunning views of the City whilst serving customers with the best quality local food.

Groucho’s on the Square 1 The Square, Richill, Co. Armagh, BT61 9PP t: +44 [0] 28 3887 1874 Groucho’s is a family-run ‘olde-worlde’ pub nestled in the heart of the Orchard County. It is historically linked to the Richhill Castle [1664] via a secret tunnel. Groucho’s pride themselves on using local produce from fresh on their premises. A back-to-basics policy is employed to produce a wide variety of both modern and traditional dishes, to suit all the family with vegetarian and healthy options available. No matter what your tipple Groucho’s have something for everyone.

Keegan’s Bar & Restaurant 48 Lower Irish Street, Armagh, BT61 7EP t: +44 [0] 28 3751 7673 Keegan’s Bar & Restaurant is a family run traditional public house in the 74|74 heart of Armagh. Using the finest quality locally sourced produce with hard to beat prices Keegan’s Bar & Restaurant is the place to be for that true Armagh experience. With live music every weekend enjoy good food and good craic all under one roof!

Market Place Bar & Bistro Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BW t: +44 [0] 28 3752 1828 w: food-and-drink Booking advisable & essential on show nights. Located within the Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre. Diners can avail of the pre-show menu or sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Live music in the bar every Saturday night.

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Papalouis Authentic Italian Ristorante 2 College Hill Armagh, BT61 9DF e: Papalouis Authentic Italian Ristorante & Wine Bar is situated in Armagh’s former Probate Office and Customs House. Managed by an Italian family ensures the customer gets authenticity and the taste of real Italian food at a reasonable price. You will not be disappointed, so come on over and enjoy the taste of Italy! Buon Appetito!

Rainbow Restaurant 13 Upper English Street, Armagh, BT61 7BH t: +44 [0] 28 3752 5391 Booking advisable Celebrating over 25 years in business, the family run Rainbow Restaurant offers a relaxing, intimate atmosphere right in the heart of the City. Serving only the finest local produce, this fully licensed restaurant offers a wide selection of breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea dishes. The friendly staff are local to Armagh and would be happy to offer advice and recommendations on where to visit next.

Seven Hills Restaurant 2 Lower English Street, Armagh, BT61 7LJ t: +44 [0] 28 3751 8873


Located opposite the stunning Saint Patrick’s Cathedral [Catholic], Seven Hills Restaurant offers picturesque scenery accompanied by exceptional cuisine. Presenting an intimate setting with a selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes using the finest locally sourced ingredients. Bring your own bottle, sit back, relax and let this restaurant immerse you into Armagh.

Shapla Indian Restaurant 39c Lower English Street, Armagh, BT61 7LJ t: +44 [0] 28 3751 8880 Booking advisable Shapla Indian Restaurant offers a sophisticated dining experience with effortlessly charming staff, discrete service and tantalising food. The menu of classical dishes from throughout India is served alongside more contemporary creations. It is prepared by a team of regional specialist chefs recruited directly from India, each producing their own specialities. Visitors can also avail of the restaurants takeaway service so you can enjoy your food at home.

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The Castle Tower 16-18 Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BX t: +44 [0] 28 3752 4948 /thecastletower Weekend bookings advisable The Castle Tower is a locally owned family run restaurant, with an intimate homely environment serving delicious freshly prepared food to suit all taste buds. Private function room also available for hire.

The Famous Grouse Restaurant 16 Ballyhagan Road, Armagh, Loughgall, Co. Armagh, BT61 8PX t: +44 [0] 28 3889 1778 w: Located in the heart of the Orchard County, The Famous Grouse is a family run establishment that has been in business for 25 years.


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The traditional country restaurant combines quality local products with the skills of Head Chef Martin McCormack and his team. The Ă la Carte menu offers a large range of home cooked dishes and European cuisine, with meat, vegetables and fish sourced locally.

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VII Houses No.3 Seven Houses, Upper English Street, Armagh, BT61 7LA t: +44 [0] 28 3751 1213 VII Houses is an 18th Century, beautifully restored Georgian townhouse with an intimate basement restaurant and cosy bar. This restaurant has its very own traditional wood fired pizza oven serving handmade 12� pizzas accompanied with an extensive range of craft beers on the menu.


The Moody Boar Restaurant & Bistro The Palace Demesne Public Park, Armagh, BT60 4EL t: +44 [0] 28 3752 9678 e: w: /themoodyboar Ramune and Sean Farnan opened The Moody Boar in 2012 after having run the highly successful Priory House Restaurant in Benburb. They love food to be fresh, homemade, full of flavour and local. The team grow their own herbs, vegetables and forage in the park. The menu changes regularly to adapt to the best local seasonal produce, you’ll find influences from the Orchard County with local cider and apple juice infused in their dishes and drinks. Food writer Georgina Campbell believes the restaurants dishes are “Obviously cooked by someone who loves food”. The Moody Boar team believes in three things; love food, relax & enjoy.

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Uluru Bar & Grill 3-5 Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BW t: +44 [0] 28 3751 8051 e: w: /Uluru Restaurant @UluruArmagh Booking advisable Uluru Bar & Grill is NI’s only Australian restaurant which is headed by chef Dean Coppard. This Michelin recommended restaurant brings a new dining experience to Armagh. With its funky interior, atmosphere and team of chefs, Uluru offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. In 2016, Uluru will lead the way with a year-long campaign celebrating food and drink. Awards include RAI County Armagh’s Best Casual Dining Restaurant, Best Wine Experience, is highly recommend in the 2015/16 Michelin guide and is the only Co. Armagh restaurant featured in the Good Food Guide.

Cafés Across Armagh City you’ll find cosy and comfortable cafés offering a selection of blends, brews, lunches and sweet treats. Sit back, relax and inhale Armagh.

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Bake My Day

6 Dobbin Street, Armagh, BT61 7QQ t: +44 [0] 28 3756 8201

Armagh Shopping Centre, Armagh, BT61 7AE t: +44 [0] 28 3752 5683

Aroma Coffee Shop

Basement Café

The Mall Shopping Centre, The Mall West, Armagh, BT61 9AJ t: +44 [0] 28 3751 1536

Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BU t: +44 [0] 28 3752 4311

Bagel Bean 60 Lower English Street, Armagh, BT61 7JL t: +44 [0] 28 3751 5251 13 Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BW t: +44 [0] 28 3752 8339

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Café Olympus Orchard Leisure Centre, 41A Folly Lane, Armagh, BT60 1AT t: +44 [0] 28 3752 6672

Café One 116 Banbrook Hill, Armagh, BT61 7LP t: +44 [0] 28 3752 6732

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Seven Hills Bistro

12 Upper English Street, Armagh, BT61 7BH t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2374

15 Thomas Street, Armagh, BT61 7PX t: +44 [0] 28 3751 1205

Johnstons Bakery & Coffee Lounge

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9 Scotch Street, Armagh, BT61 7BY t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2995

Macari Ice Cream & Coffee 7 Lower English Street, Armagh t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2521

Poppy Smith’s 6 Drummadd Road, Armagh BT61 7BH t: +44 [0] 28 3751 8088

2 Lower English Street, Armagh, BT61 7LJ t: +44 [0] 28 3751 8873

The Studio Café @ Wrights Interiors 10 Russell Street, Armagh, BT61 9AA t: +44 [0] 28 3751 5455

Navan Centre Restaurant 81 Killylea Road, Armagh, BT60 4LD t: +44 [0] 28 3752 9644

Rumour Espresso Bar 2 Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BH t: +44 [0] 28 3571 1997


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The Market Place Theatre in Armagh City offers a fantastic programme of shows and workshops throughout the year, from top comedians to excellent music and plays. Armagh’s Omniplex cinema in Market Street is one of 3 fully digital cinemas in Ireland and offers a choice of all the latest blockbusters in luxurious surroundings. Music has always been part of the culture of Armagh. Today, bars across the City and surrounding area offer locals and visitors a wealth of choice for an evening out. From traditional sessions and live bands, to touring singer song writers, there is something on every evening in the area.

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The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre is Armagh City’s ‘Home Of Entertainment’. The state-of-the-art venue and conference centre is situated in the heart of Armagh and presents the best in arts and entertainment at affordable prices, in wonderful modern and spacious surroundings with something to suit everyone’s taste and pocket. The venue is also a state-of-the-art Conference & Meetings centre. The Market Place Theatre Bar & Bistro completes the ultimate night out. Jill McEneaney, Theatre Director

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Omniplex 25 - 37 Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BU t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2646 e: w: Opening times: Opens Daily: 5.30pm Saturday & Sunday 11.30am [Extended during school holidays] Tickets can be bought online at or in store. Featuring 400 seats over four screens, including one ‘Digital 3D’ screen, Armagh is at the forefront of cutting edge cinema technology. Customers can choose their own Pic’n’Mix, ice cream from the Ben and Jerry’s range and then relax in comfort with drinks and popcorn for their movie. The screens have high backed luxury stadium seating in all auditoria giving a perfect view from every seat and ample legroom.

The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BW t: Box Office +44 [0] 28 3752 1821 e: w: Box Office Opening Hours Mon to Sat from 9.30am to 4.30pm. On performance evenings the box office will remain open by phone until 7pm and in person until show start time. The Market Place Theatre is home to a year-round programme of performances, workshops and classes and exhibitions featuring everything from classical music, drama, comedy, dance, ballet, popular music, jazz, variety entertainment, traditional music, musicals and an annual pantomime. On performance evenings the box office remains open until 7.00pm for telephone bookings and until the performance start-time for tickets for that night’s show only. Location and how to get there: The Market Place Theatre is located in Market Street. Follow signs for Market Place Theatre.

Public Houses Whether you’re looking for a quiet corner or to dance the night away Armagh offers a variety of family run pubs to make your stay that little bit more enjoyable.

Callan Bar @ The Armagh City Hotel

2 Friary Road, Armagh, BT60 4FR t: +44 [0] 28 3751 8888

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The perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy a bite to eat with live music every Friday and Saturday night.

Cuchulainn Bar

38 Thomas Street, Armagh, BT61 7QB t: +44 [0] 28 3751 0820 Named after the famous Irish Legend, this traditional bar offers a welcoming, friendly face to Armagh.

Devlin’s Bar

23 Lower English Street, Armagh, BT61 7LJ t: +44 [0] 28 3752 3865 Watch the latest sporting fixtures and enjoy a social drink. Live music every weekend.

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Hole in the Wall

9 Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BW t: +44 [0] 28 3752 3515 A Gaol in its previous life, you’ll find a wide selection of spirits along with quality beers and fine wines. Live music every Saturday night, plus traditional music on the last Friday of every month.

Keegan’s Bar & Restaurant

48 Lower Irish Street, Armagh, BT61 7EP t: +44 [0] 28 3751 7673 Good food and good craic! You can hear live music every weekend covering an array of genres.

Kelly’s Bar & Off Sales 100 Railway Street, Armagh, BT61 7HP t: +44 [0] 28 3752 7315

Catch live music every weekend with blues on the first Saturday of every month and a disco the remainder of the month.


Market Place Bar & Bistro

Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BW t: +44 [0] 28 3752 1828 Set within the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre. Live music every Saturday.

McKenna’s Bar

21 Lower English Street, Armagh, BT61 7LJ t: +44 [0] 28 3752 6492 Live music and a DJ every weekend.

Railway Bar

108 Railway Street, Armagh, BT61 7HU t: +44 [0] 28 3752 7527 Live music on Wednesday. You can also catch live music every weekend.

Red Neds

27-31 Ogle Street, Armagh, BT61 7EW t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2249

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Victoria Bar

Don your dancing shoes; live DJ and band every weekend.

With a welcoming atmosphere and great promotions every week, the staff will ensure you leave feeling relaxed and upbeat.

55 Thomas Street, Armagh, BT61 7QB t: +44 [0] 28

Toby Jug Bar & Off Sales

65 Irish Street, Armagh, BT61 7EP t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2575 This warm and welcoming traditional bar is the perfect place to catch up on the latest sporting results.

Turner’s Bar @ The Charlemont Arms Hotel

57-65 English Street, Armagh, BT61 7BL t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2791 Offering a stylish, modern-classical setting alongside the best Irish Cuisine.

32 Barrack Street, Armagh, BT60 1AD t: + 44 [0] 28 3752 7119

Vintage Bar & Off Sales

Upper English Street, Armagh, BT61 7BA t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2688 This hidden gem is waiting to be discovered!

Viva Bar

9 Lower English Street, Armagh, BT61 7LJ t: +44 [0] 28 3751 7619 With an extensive cocktail menu and a live DJ every weekend, don your best dress for a great night out.

Tradition meets contemporary in this historical bar.Live music every weekend.

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2 Friary Road, Armagh, BT60 4FR t: +44 [0] 28 3751 8888 Rooms: 96 Armagh City Hotel has panoramic views overlooking the City and is a short walk from an array of cafés, restaurants and shops. The hotel offers live music every Friday and Saturday evenings. Situated within the Armagh City Hotel is A&T Leisure Club including a pool and gym.

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The Charlemont Arms Hotel 57 - 63 English Street, Armagh, BT61 7LB t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2028 Rooms: 30


This family run hotel is centrally located close to all tourist amenities, restaurants and shops. The hotel is renowned for fine food and drink; bar snacks and á la Carte menu available. Open all year. Special breaks available.

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Ashrene House

15 Victoria Street, Armagh, BT61 9DS t: +44 [0] 28 3752 4256 Rooms: 2 [Double]

195 Killylea Road, Tynan, Co. Armagh, BT60 4RF t: 028 3756 8372 Rooms: 2 [1 Twin, 1 Double - All Ensuite]

Semi-detached Edwardian property situated a few minutes walk from the tree-lined Mall with its stunning Georgian architecture. Relax with a cup of tea on arrival or relax in the pretty cottage garden.


Modern spacious bungalow only 7 miles from Armagh on the main A28. Friendly accommodation in the country. Tea | coffee on arrival. Children welcome.


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Druminargle House

99 Cathedral Road, Armagh, BT61 8AE t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2387 m: +44 [0] 77 1219 3498 Rooms: 3 [2 Double, 1 Single - Standard]

29 Poyntzpass Road, Scarva, BT63 6LE t: +44 [0] 28 3831 8206 m: +44 [0] 77 1308 2436 Rooms: 2 [Sleeps 5]

Elegant detached family home, five minutes walk from Armagh City Centre. Tea | coffee on arrival. Children welcome.


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Druminargle House was the ancestral home of Charles Davis Lucas, VC. Originally built in 1720, the house - Georgian in style - is surrounded by mature gardens and is in a beautiful rural location.

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Dundrum House **** 116 Dundrum Rd, Tassagh, Armagh, BT60 2NG t: +44 [0] 28 3753 1257 Rooms: 3 [1 Twin, 1 Double, 1 Family - All Ensuite] Early 18th century farmhouse set in 80 acres of privately owned land with Callan river flowing through. Recently renovated to a very high standard, where you can enjoy the comforts of modern day living in a 300 year old building.

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Fairylands Country House 25 Navan Fort Road, Armagh, BT60 4PM t: +44 [0] 28 3751 0315 Rooms: 5 [3 Double, 2 Family [one with disabled facilities] - All Ensuite]

Family run, purpose built bed and breakfast situated approximately one mile from Armagh City. Just off the A28 Enniskillen road in quiet countryside. Cycle route A91, within walking distance of Navan Centre & Fort.

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Mountnorris House

33 Newtownhamilton Road, Armagh, BT60 2PL t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2000 m: +44 [0] 771 776 663 Rooms: 6 [1 Triple, 1 Twin, 1 Double, 3 Family]

41 Main Street, Mountnorris, Co. Armagh, BT60 2TS t: +44 [0] 28 3750 7543 m: +44 [0] 7857 502 926 Rooms: 3 [All Ensuite]

Located 1km from Armagh, this modern accommodation offers outstanding panoramic views of the local countryside. This family run accommodation offers hotel standards with all rooms ensuite. Golf driving range on premises.

Lovely old house in the village of Mountnorris. Approximately 9 miles from Armagh; just 3 miles from the beautiful Gosford Park. Turn off the A28 road to Newry and proceed into the village of Mountnorris located beside the Post Office.

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Orchard House

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76b Mullanasilla Road, Armagh, BT61 9HN t: +44 [0] 28 3887 1065 m: +44 [0] 07546 817895 Rooms: 3 [1 Double, 2 Twin - All Ensuite]

20 Monaghan Road, Armagh, BT60 4DA t: +44 [0] 28 3752 5318 m: +44 [0] 7873 247 422 Rooms: 3 [3 Double, 1 Single - All Ensuite]

A large country house situated on the main A3, Armagh 4 miles, Portadown 5 miles offering excellent facilities to the discerning visitor. Two sitting rooms, snooker room, heated exercise pool and hot tub. Ample car parking and breakfast menu. A warm welcome and good hospitality is assured.

Large two storey detached house on the main A3 Monaghan Road within 10 minutes from the City Centre and within reach of all local tourist attractions. Large private parking area available. Tea and coffee on arrival. ¼ of a mile from Armagh City Centre


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Abbey View Cottage

18 Monaghan Road, Armagh, BT60 4DA t: +44 [0] 28 3752 5257 Rooms: 4 [3 Double, 1 Single - All Ensuite]

6 Abbey Park, Tynan, Co. Armagh, BT60 4QU t: +44 [0] 28 3751 8859 m: +44 [0] 77 1674 0944 Rooms: 2 [Sleeps 4]

Large detached house situated one mile from the City Centre on the Monaghan A3 road. Family run house within walking distance to most local attractions. Tea/Coffee on arrival. Open all year.


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8 Dobbin Street, Armagh, BT61 7QQ t: +44 [0] 28 3752 7172 m: +44 [0] 7712 677 882 Rooms: 2 [Sleeps 4]

87 Killylea Road, Armagh, BT60 4QL t: +44 [0] 75 4070 6255 m: +44 [0] 75 4070 6256 Rooms: 3 [1 Double Ensuite, 1 Double & Bunk,

Dobbin Lodge is situated in Armagh City within walking distance of restaurants, cafés, theatre and tourist attractions. Dobbin Lodge has two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bath | shower room and patio.

Stunning & spacious 3 star accomodation set in 5 acres is a restored stone built barn just 2 miles from Armagh City. Sleeps up to 8 adults.

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Ballinahone Lodge

87 Killylea Road, Armagh, BT60 4QL t: +44 [0] 75 4070 6255 m: +44 [0] 75 4070 6256 Rooms: 2 [Sleeps up to 8 adults]

Ballinahone House, Ballinahone Avenue, Armagh, BT60 1EB t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2594 m: +44 [0] 78 4964 7551 Rooms: 2 [Sleeps 6]

Primrose Cottage is set in 5 acres of tree-lined driveway, a restored stone building to 4* standard.

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Located close to the Cathedral City of Armagh. This self-catering accommodation is an historically listed manor close to restaurants, theatre, shops and tourist attractions.


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Basil Sheils 80 Dundrum Road, Tassagh, Co. Armagh, BT60 2QE t: +44 [0] 28 3753 8647 m: +44 [0] 7756 426 394 m: +44 [0] 7525 910 896 Rooms: 2 [Sleeps 4] While staying in Basil Sheil’s accommodation, you can avail of the splendid view overlooking Tassagh river and the surrounding area.

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College Hall Cottage **** 15 College Hall Lane, Tynan, Armagh, BT60 4RG t: +44 [0] 28 3756 8238 m: +44 [0] 77 1267 9642 Rooms: 2 [Sleeps 4] College Hall is part of the original farm house, comprising of a fully equipped kitchen with “Aga”, spacious sitting room with open fire, downstairs double bedroom, while upstairs provides a twin bedded room and separate bathroom with bath. e:

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Cherry Lodge, 82 A Newry Road, Armagh, BT60 1ER t: +44 [0] 28 3752 7172 m: +44 [0] 7712677882 w: Rooms: 1 [Sleeps 2]

Oaktree Lodge, 82 Newry Road, Armagh, BT60 1ER t: +44 [0] 28 3752 7172 m: +44 [0] 77 1267 7882 Rooms: 5

Within a charming stone courtyard, these luxury apartments have a kitchen and dining area, modern living room and a patio. Guests have free Wi-Fi and free parking, just 0.8 miles from Armagh centre.

Oaktree Lodge is situated overlooking the Armagh golf course and Palace Demesne. The Lodge offers luxury 4 star accommodation which sleeps 5 people.


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Dundrum House Self Catering

The Loft, 82A Newry Road, Armagh, BT60 1ER t: +44 [0] 28 3752 7172 m: +44 [0] 7712677882 Rooms: 2 [Sleeps 4]

116 Dundrum Road, Tassagh, Keady, Co. Armagh, BT60 2NG t: +44 [0] 28 3753 1257 m: +44 [0] 7703 209 996 Rooms: 3 [Sleeps 8 - All Ensuite]

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Mall View Studio & Apt.

3 Maddan Road, Tamlaght, Armagh, BT60 3LN t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2471 Rooms: [Sleeps 6]

The Mallview House, 9 Mallview Terrace, Armagh, BT61 9AN t: +44 [0] 28 3752 7172 m: +44 [0] 77 1267 7882 Studio: Sleeps 2 | Apartment: Sleeps 4-6

The Loft is situated in Armagh City within walking distance of restaurants, cafés, theatre, cinema and tourist attractions.

Fully renovated throughout and with a new fitted kitchen and dining room with new leather recliners. Welcome pack consists of tea, coffee, freshly baked bread and fresh eggs and logs for the fire.



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Four star self catering accommodation. Ground floor Mallview studio suitable for 2 people. Mallview apartment suitable for 4-6 people. Mallview House suitable for 8 people.

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Tandragee Gate Lodge

The Gatelodge

36 Tandragee Rd, Markethill, Co. Armagh, BT60 1TF t: +44 [0] 28 3752 4256 m: +44 [0] 7595 996 230 Rooms: 1 [Sleeps 3]

34, College Hill, Deans Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DN t: +44 [0] 28 3752 4923 Rooms: 3 [Sleeps 4]

2 upstairs bedrooms, sitting room which can be used as another bedroom. Self Catering Cottage sleeps 4-5 people. Only 5 minutes from Markethill town and within easy reach of Armagh City.

This delightful stone built cottage is the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Armagh. It is tucked away in its own pretty garden and yet is only five minutes walk from the centre of Georgian Armagh.

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Clare Glen Caravan Park

Armagh Road, Tandragee, Co. Armagh, BT62 2AA t: +44 [0] 28 3884 0249 Rooms: 4 [Sleeps 8]

Markethill Road, Tandragee, BT62 2ET t: +44 [0] 28 3752 9600 t: +44 [0] 28 3884 1110 | Sites: 25 Bays

Visit this beautiful country home, only 5 minutes walk from town centre of Tandragee. Near to Tandragee Golf Club, restaurants, walks and Armagh City.

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Experience the great outdoors at Clare Glen, a 55 acre rural retreat set around the scenic Cusher river just 1.5 miles from Tandragee. The 4 star site has 25 large touring pitches, each with space to park a car alongside. There is fishing nearby and also a ‘Green Gym’ with signposted walks by the river.

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Cusher Valley 20 Shanecracken Road, Markethill, Co. Armagh, BT60 1TS t: +44 [0] 28 3755 2092 m: +44 [0] 75 1912 0277 Cusher Valley is a small 5 pitch caravan site for Caravan Club members only. The site can accommodate caravans, motorhomes or trailor tents and is open all year round. Each pitch has hardstanding, electricity. a water tap and waste water outlet. There is a shower/toilet and toilet on site.

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54 Gosford Road, Markethill, Co. Armagh, BT60 1UG t: +44 [0] 28 3755 2154 t: +44 [0] 28 3755 2169 Sites: 34 Caravan | Campers 36 Tents Gosford Castle boosts a walled garden, red deer park, poultry collection and ornamental pigeons in dovecote. Off A28, near Markethill, Armagh 7 miles, Newry 12 miles. Nature trail, barbeque site, cafĂŠ. Open all year. Toilet and shower facilities available on site.


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Tepee Valley Campsite 20 Shanecrackan Road, Markethill Co. Armagh, BT60 1TS t: +44 [0] 28 3755 2092 m: +44 [0] 75 1912 0277 Experience peace and quiet within a choice of either a traditional Native American Tepee, a perfectly furnished gypsy caravan, a rustic round log cabin, a geodesic dome and a large, luxurious yurt.

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Armagh City Youth Hostel 39 Abbey Street, Armagh, BT61 7EB t: +44 [0] 28 3751 1800 | Rooms: 18 [Beds 58] Adjacent to Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, this makes the perfect base to explore ‘the spiritual capital of Ireland’ and is ideally placed within walking distance of the City Centre and major attractions. The recently refurbished hostel offers comfortable modern accommodation at an affordable price and is suitable for individuals, groups and families. All rooms have en-suite bathroom facilities and free Wi-Fi is available. Male, Female and Mixed Dormitory accommodation is offered.

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Genealogy Armagh Ancestry Navan Centre & Fort, 81 Killylea Road, Armagh. BT60 4LD. t: +44 [0] 28 3752 1802 e: w: | Cost: Research fees applicable Pre-booking for a meeting with the researcher is essential Armagh Ancestry is the designated IFHF genealogical research centre for county Armagh, appointed by Church and State to provide a genealogical archive for Ireland. Our database has ALL Roman Catholic Church baptisms, burials and marriages (1796-1900), ALL civil (government) marriages for ALL denominations from 1845-1921, 80% of civil birth records from 1864–1921 for all denominations, many Presbyterian, Anglican, Methodist and Quaker Church records (1600–1900), Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe Applotments, Census returns (1766-1911), Muster Rolls (1611), Hearth Rolls (1665), Flax Growers (1796) and many more sources. We are currently computerising the outstanding Church records.

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The Mall East, Armagh, BT61 9BE t: +44 [0] 28 3752 3070 e: Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 10.00am - 5.00pm Saturday: 10.00am - 1.00pm & 2.00pm - 5.00pm Cost: Free The museum, a valuable resource for all researchers, includes the TGF Paterson Manuscript Collection; the Muster Rolls of 1630; the Hearth Money Rolls of 1664; the Depositions of 1641 relating to Armagh; the Records of the Archbishop’s Rentals 1615-1746 and the Poll Book of 1753 to name but a few. Maps, photographs and drawings are also available. Armagh Visitor Guide


Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Library and Archive 15 Moy Road, Armagh, BT61 7LY t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2981 e: | w: Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm Cost: Research fees applicable The Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive is a free, independent public reference library, which houses important collections relating to Irish history, the Irish language, ecclesiastical history, the Irish abroad and Irish sport. Designated centre for Roman Catholic records for the Archdiocese of Armagh.

Irish and Local Studies Library, Armagh 39c Abbey Street, Armagh, BT61 7EB t: +44 [0] 28 3752 7851 | e: w: Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10.00am - 5.00pm Wednesday: 1.00pm - 8.00pm Saturday: Closed This 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.




The Centre for Celtic Spirituality, Armagh CELTIC @ NAVAN SLOANS HSE

The Centre for Celtic Spirituality The Navan Centre, Emain Macha, 81 Killylea Road, Armagh, BT60 4LD t: +44 [0] 28 3887 0667 e: | w: Based at The Navan Centre, this is a study experience open to anyone interested in exploring aspects of Celtic Spirituality. Celtic Spirituality is all about drawing inspiration from the lives and faith of the very earliest Christian church in these islands. It is about ‘living simply, in harmony with nature, without judgement of others.’


The Centre for Celtic Spirituality facilitates day activities, workshops, longer courses, Celtic prayer and study experiences. There is also a small Celtic studies library at The Navan Centre open to anyone wishing to read and study. For the full programme and further information, visit

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Craftswirl & Visitor Information Centre CRAFTSWIRL



40 English Street, Armagh, BT61 7BA t: +44 [0] 28 3752 1800 e: Opening Hours: April - September: Monday - Saturday 9.00am - 5.30pm, Sunday 1.00pm - 5.30pm October - March: Monday - Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm Craftswirl is a contemporary craft retail outlet in the heart of historic Armagh. Visit, browse and enjoy this emporium of quality handmade crafts which caters for all tastes and budgets. The Visitor Information Centre provides highly professional visitor services for our City; our Borough and also Northern Ireland. /craftswirl @craftswirl



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Armagh Visitor Information Centre 40 English Street, Armagh, BT61 7BA t: +44 [0] 28 3752 1800 w: /craftswirl @craftswirl

Bureau De Change Bureau de Change, 5 Ogle Street, Armagh t: +44 [0] 28 3752 3399 Euro De Change, 19 Kinelowen Street, Keady t: +44 [0] 28 3753 9940 Armagh Post Office, 55-57 Scotch Street, Armagh, BT61 7DF t: +44 [0] 28 3752 4829 Middletown Post Office, 7 Main Street, Middletown, BT60 4JF t: +44 [0] 28 3756 8400

Emergency Services


Ambulance, Police and Fire Services can be contacted in an emergency by dialing 999

Hospital Craigavon Area Hospital 68 Lurgan Road, Portadown, BT63 5QQ t: +44 [0] 28 3833 4444

Churches All the main churches are represented in the City, town and village areas. Telephone numbers can be found in the local telephone directory or from Armagh Visitor Information Centre

Libraries Armagh City Library, Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BU t: +44 [0] 28 3752 4072

AmmA Centre The Market House, Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BU t: +44 [0] 28 3751 2920 e:

Guided Walking Tours For details on tour guide offering tours in the Armagh area please visit

For further details on any of these services please visit Every care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the compilation of this brochure. Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council cannot however accept responsibility for errors or omissions as all listings have been supplied by the advertisers. All information supplied is accurate at time of print. Armagh Visitor Guide updated December 2015.

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