County Armagh Tourist Attractions List of sites and attractions in County Armagh

Armagh, County Armagh

Armagh City and District has many places of historical interest as well as other more modern tourist attractions. A few kilometeres West of the City is Navan Fort - The Seat of the Kings Ulster from about 300B.C to 330A.D and as Emain Macha the location of the great lengths of the Ulster Cycle featuring such characters as Cu Ehulainn and King Conor Mac Nessa. Nearby also are the even earlier sites of The Kings Stables and Haughey's Fort. In the City of Armagh itself we have the two Cathedrals of St Patrick - the Church of Ireland one occupying the site where St Patrick had a church built in 445 while on the neighbouring hill is the Roman Catholic Cathedral begun 1840. The City has many other beautiful churches. Along the East side of the impressive City park - the Mall - is located, two museums - the Armagh County Museum and the Royal Irish Fusiliers' Museum. At either end of the Mall is the Gaol (1780 and later) - now closed and the Courthouse (1809). Along the Mall East one can view some of the best classical architecture in the City. Nearby is the Observatory (1790) and the more modern Planetarium (1967).

Portadown, County Armagh

Portadown (from the Irish: Port an Dúnáin meaning "port of the fortress") is a former market town in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. The town is built across both sides of the Upper Bann and owes much of its prosperity to this as it was the construction of the Newry Canal linking the Bann with Lough Neagh in 1740 coupled with the later development of the railway lines to Belfast and Dublin, which put Portadown at the hub of transport routes in Northern Ireland. Although the town can trace its origins to at least the 17th century it was not until the Victorian era, and the arrival of the railway that it became a major town. Portadown is known as "The Hub of the North", the origin of this phrase coming from its central position in Northern Ireland and being a major railway junction in the past, where the Great Northern Railway's line diverged for Belfast, Dublin, Armagh and Derry.

Armagh Franciscan Friary Armagh Franciscan Friary, Armagh, County Armagh

Armagh Franciscan Friary was founded by Archbishop Patrick O’ Scannail in 1263/64. It had prominent patrons in the city and the Franciscans played an important part in the city’s religious life until the Friary was suppressed in 1542 with the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. Some religious life continued, but the buildings were involved in welfare later in the 16th Century and were ruined by 1600. Two empty graves and two tomb recesses near the east end are reminders of the important patrons buried in the Friary Church, including Gormlaith O’Donnell, wife of Domhnail O’Neill in 1353. It is the longest monastery in Ireland. The Friary is located at the south-east edge of Armagh and can be found at the entrance to the Palace Demesne.

Navan Centre and Fort, Armagh, County Armagh

As one of Irelands 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 were myth and reality meets. The Centre offers visitors a unique appreciation of the history of the area. Learn of the mystical characters and mythical characters of Navan like Cu Chulainn, King Conor McNessa, Queen Mebh and Deirdre of the Sorrows.

Armagh Observatory, Armagh, County Armagh

The Armagh Observatory is a modern astronomical research institute with a rich heritage. Founded in 1789 by Archbishop Richard Robinson, the Observatory is one of the UK and Ireland's leading scientific research establishments. Around 25 astronomers are actively studying Stellar Astrophysics, the Sun, Solar System astronomy, and the Earth's climate.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, County Armagh

The Metropolitan Cathedral of St Patrick, Armagh, is set on a hill from which the name of the city derives – Ard Macha – the Height of Macha. Macha, a legendary pre-christian tribal princess – some say goddess – is also linked with the nearby Emain Macha, a major ritual site occupied from late Neolithic/early Bronze Age times which is regarded as having been the ancient royal centre of Iron Age Ulster. Emain Macha is associated with the epic Ulster cycle known as the Tain bo Cuailnge whose doomed hero figure is Cuchulain, the ‘Hound of Ulster’, and which features also the King of Ulster Conchobhar MacNessa, his adversary Queen Macbeth of Connaught, Conail Cernach, the Red Branch knights and the Boy Troop of Ulster.

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