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A VALENTINE ESCAPE

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14/02/2018
14/02/2018
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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and we have the perfect destination for romance at any time of year. Armagh and the surrounding areas have the ultimate romantic history from ancient Ireland, to medieval churches and an unmatched Georgian heritage.

Explore some of the most beautiful houses and romantic gardens in the country – The Argory, Ardress, Palace Demesne and Brownlow House. Delight in a couple of stolen hours enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the woodland trails, falling in love with the unforgettable views and discovering the tales of love in the National Trust collections.


The Argory’s snowdrop displays in February promise to be much more memorable and impressive than any Valentine bouquet! Enjoy the spectacle at your leisure with a self-guided walk before relaxing in the Barn café for a warm drink or a tasty bite.


There is no shortage of romantic awe-inspiring sights and epic love stories here. Visit Navan Fort and learn the ancient legend of the love affair between the widower Crunniuc and the young maiden Macha which led to the ‘Curse Of Macha’.


What could be more romantic than a visit to the oldest library in Northern Ireland, Armagh Robinson Library and, on the 350th anniversary of Jonathan Swift’s birth, viewing a very early edition of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’?


Hark back to the more romantic, Georgian age with a stroll around the historic Armagh Mall, surrounded by some of Armagh’s finest Georgian architecture, before venturing to Armagh Observatory and the beautiful landscaped grounds known as the Armagh Astropark.


Take a trip to Banbridge and visit the FE Mc William Gallery, sculpture garden and the replica studio of renowned local sculptor, Frederick Edward McWilliam and witness a real labour of love.


Descend into the medieval crypt of the Church of Ireland Cathedral and discover the fascinating stories of the people entombed there. Catch the sunset and watch the iconic landmarks of our two beautiful cathedrals light-up.


It has been said that food is the language of love and the difficulty will be in choosing between our award-winning restaurants for that memorable fine-dining experience. Our Food Heartland Chefs have put together some sumptuous Valentine’s menus to ensure you really treat your loved one on the most romantic night of the year.


Snuggling up by a blazing fire in one of our traditional pubs is the perfect add-on for your romantic Valentine’s Day out. Hunker down with a mulled artisan local cider and enjoy the foot tapping brilliance of a live music session and the mighty ‘craic’ from some incredibly friendly locals.


Once darkness settles, pair a meal in one of our lovely restaurants with a romantic night out in The Market Place Theatre.  Find the right mood music for your loved one with gigs to suit romantics of all ages.


We have a fantastic choice of accommodation including boutique guesthouses and luxury B&B’s and Hotels. Check out our winter special offers and treat yourself to a feature room, maybe a four-poster bed or add some luxury extras like champagne and chocolates for a perfect Valentine escape.


End your visit by stopping off at Tannaghmore Gardens which is home to the Kissing Gate. Legend has it that couples who kiss over the gate will get married within a year. Couples who have their wish fulfilled often return to pose for wedding photographs.

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