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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Armagh City

Navan Fort

Perched atop a drumlin, Ulster's most important archaeological site is linked in legend with the tales of Cúchulainn and named as capital of Ulster and the seat of the legendary Knights of the Red Branch. Exhibits a…
Top Choice Forest in Ring of Gullion

Slieve Gullion Forest Park

A 10km scenic drive through this forest park provides picturesque views over the surrounding hills. From the parking and picnic area at the top of the drive, you can hike to the summit of Slieve Gullion (576m), the …
Top Choice Cathedral in Armagh City

St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral

The city's Anglican cathedral occupies the site of St Patrick's original stone church. The present cathedral's ground plan is 13th century, but the building itself is a Gothic restoration dating from 1834 to 1840. A…
Top Choice Library in Armagh City

Armagh Robinson Library

A first edition of Gulliver's Travels, published in 1726 and annotated by Swift himself, is the most prized possession of the wonderful Armagh Robinson Library, founded in 1771 by Archbishop Robinson. Other treasure…
Top Choice Cathedral in Armagh City

St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral

Huge twin towers dominate the approach to Armagh's Roman Catholic Cathedral, built between 1838 and 1873 in Gothic Revival style. Inside it seems almost Byzantine, with every piece of wall and ceiling covered in bri…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Armagh City

Moody Boar

Inside the former palace stables at the Palace Demesne Public Park, the Moody Boar opens to a courtyard where music plays on Friday afternoons. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are a speciality; chef Sean Farnan fo…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Armagh City

4 Vicars

Tucked inside a listed Georgian building, this chic little bistro opens to a tiny, delightful terrace. It's a perfect stop for lunch (Kilkeel crab on home-baked bread, or St Tola goat's cheese, courgette tempura and…
Nature Reserve in Lough Neagh

Oxford Island

Despite its name, this nature reserve is not an island but a peninsula of land on Lough Neagh's southern edge. The reserve protects a range of habitats – woodland, wildflower meadows, reedy shoreline and shallow lak…
Park in Armagh City

Mall

This long grassy expanse east of Armagh's centre was a horse-racing, cock-fighting and bull-baiting venue until the 18th century, when Archbishop Robinson decided that it was all a tad vulgar for a city of learning,…
Observatory in Armagh City

Armagh Observatory

The Armagh Observatory was founded by Archbishop Robinson in 1789 and is still Ireland's leading astronomical-research institute. The observatory building is closed to the public but the attractive grounds (open dur…