Located in the northeast section of the Island County Armagh is the smallest of the 6 counties in Northern Ireland. It is known as the Ecclesiastical Capital of Ireland. It is also known as the Orchard County paying tribute to the bountiful apple orchards in this region. The rich cultural and Christian heritage in County Armagh is witnessed by the 3rd name often given to this county – the Cathedral City.
Visitors to County Armagh will not lack for places to visit and things to do. There are shows at the Market Place Theatre, a planetarium, an observatory and astropark, the Navan Centre and Fort which is thought to be an ancient pagan ceremonial site, the Argory, Dan Winter’s and Milford Houses, the Royal Irish Fusiliers and the Irish History Museums, a palace or two, the Argory, and the Slieve Gullion, an extinct volcano. Another interesting place to visit is the Armagh Gaol which served as the primary women’s prison in Northern Ireland until 1986. Kids will enjoy following the Angels and Gargoyles trail and trying to find the 22 bronze sculptures depicting animal creatures that are located all about the town of Armagh. They might also enjoy a side trip to the Gosford Forest Park to see rare breeds of livestock. Shoppers will find boutique and high end stores along with local crafts and restaurants at the Shambles Market.
Active tourists can enjoy cycling on the 22 mile Newry Canalway, golf, participate in watersports on Craigavon Lake and hike on the 10 miles of walking paths at the Pentlands Park. The 82-mile Saint Patrick’s Way and the Pilgrim’s Walk, an 82 mile trail that connects 2 Christian Heritage sites, is another popular attraction. For a nice souvenir of their walk, kids can pick up a passport and have it stamped at sites along the way. Football lovers will want to visit William McCrum Park. This is the place where William McCrum invented the penalty kick rule in football that is today known around the world.
With regards to accommodations in County Armagh, the region has hotels, guest houses, B&B’s, hostels, log cabins, tepees, camping and caravanning sites. There are not a lot of hostels, so you may want to check ahead of your stay for vacancies. You can also check for hostels under the title backpackers.
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