As we say in this part of the world, Armagh is a ‘wee’ city with a big personality and we are slap bang at its heart, right on the hill where St Patrick built his first stone church and beside the beautiful St Patrick’s COI Cathedral. Wake in the morning to spectacular views of the iconic St Patrick’s RC Cathedral and our friendly crew who can’t wait to share their passion for Armagh City. All of the city’s famous attractions are located on your doorstep and hostellers need to bring their sense of adventure as the rest of the historic county offers a wealth of experiences.
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Armagh City has a thriving arts and cultural scene all year round with vibrant festivals such as Georgian Festival, Home of St Patrick Festival, Armagh Apple Blossom Weekend, Armagh Food & Cider Festival, William Kennedy Piping Festival, John O’Connor Writing School, John Hewitt International Summer School, 7 Hills Blues Festival and Charles Wood Summer School. Our iconic, historical buildings and modern, contemporary arts facilities buzz with a jam-packed programme of events, sure to delight groups, families and independent travellers of every age.
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CURRENT ‘HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL’ RATINGS
Value For Money 96% | Security 96% | Location 96% | Staff 100% | Atmosphere 88% | Cleanliness 96% | Facilities 96%
“Excellent location. Friendly, helpful staff. Give the girl on reception a pay rise and a promotion…..she was fab”. [HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL NORTHERN IRELAND REVIEW JUNE 2019]
BOOKING.COM – APRIL 2018
Pj Ireland 10
A+ Good parking, facilities and friendly staff
BOOKING.COM – MAY 2019
Denise Ireland 10
Great base – The staff were fabulous. Basic but clean and comfortable. Good value with car parking and good kitchen and lounge facilities. Would definitely stay again.
BOOKING.COM – MAY 2019
Ryszard United Kingdom 10
Just as a youth hostel should be cheap and cheerful.
Central location, all facilities available at a decent rate as all youth hostels should be. Staff very helpful and provided us with everything we needed.
SUGGESTIONS: To let visitors know about the towel rental facilities, although not a problem in our case.
BOOKING.COM – MAY 2019
Jack United Kingdom 10
SUGGESTIONS: No complaints. Everything was excellent. Larger waste bins in the room
BOOKING.COM – APRIL 2019
Bertie United Kingdom 10
Good location, comfy accommodation 😀
We actually had the hostel to ourselves, as it’s low season at the moment. There was a small party of overseas students the first night, staying on a different floor to us; they were gone by 7am the next morning. There was a soft seating area and TV, a quiet room, again with soft seating. We had a small problem with the cold water in our room, reported it and it was fixed immediately.
SUGGESTIONS: No, everything was great.
BOOKING.COM – OCTOBER 2018
Gillian United Kingdom 10
Cheap, cheerful and clean with friendly staff
The hostel is based in a very central location, with good parking and the rooms and facilities were clean, warm and adequate for what I needed.
At Armagh City Youth Hostel, we can offer you a hostel bed to meet just about any need. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfy, centrally heated and with natural light. All of our rooms have a private en-suite bathroom and wardrobe space to make your stay just that little bit more comfortable. Male, female, mixed dormitory and family accommodation is offered and our larger six bed dorms are ideal for the many school, college and sports groups we have staying with us. Safety and security are a top priority and there will always be a staff member on hand should you need them. To make things easy for our guests, the hostel has excellent parking facilities with ample space for coaches. We pride ourselves on being a family friendly hostel and a fun and affordable way for families to spend quality time together in a great base for discovering all Armagh has to offer.
Rooms and units
|Room quantity and type||Sleeps|
|5 x Twin Ensuite with Shower||2|
|5 x Triple Ensuite with Shower||3|
|7 x Room for 4 sharing Ensuite with Shower||4|
|1 x Room for 6 sharing Ensuite with Shower||6|
|Room Type||Low Season Room Price||Low season PP rate||High Season Room Price||High Season PP Rate|
|Twin / Double||£40.00||£20.00||£42.00||£21.00|
|Twin / Double for single occupancy||£30.00||£31.00|
|4 bed dorm||£72.00||£18.00||£80.00||£20.00|
|6 bed dorm||£108.00||£18.00||£120.00||£20.00|
|Family Rate 3 person||£45.00||£48.00|
|Family Rate 4 person||£55.00||£59.00|
|10% discount for Groups 10+|
|Low Season – November to March|
|High Season – April to October|
|High season prices also apply on bank / public holidays|
Check in time: from 4.30 pm – 9.00 pm
Check out time: 10:30 am
April – October (inclusive)
Open daily 8.30am – 11.00am and 4.00pm – 9.30pm
The hostel is closed between 11:00am & 4:00pm and guests are kindly asked to vacate the premises during these times.
November – March (inclusive)
The hostel is open for larger group bookings and for certain festival events.
The hostel, set on the hill from which the name of the city derives – Ard Macha – the Height of Macha, really is in the heart of Armagh City and close to all amenities. Renovated in 2013, Armagh City Youth Hostel became an affiliated hostel to Hostelling International Northern Ireland and has since been awarded a 4* rating from Tourism Northern Ireland. We hope you find everything you need to make your stay comfortable and most importantly, enjoyable. If you have special requirements, we will always do our best to accommodate you.
The hostel offers great value, squeaky-clean modern accommodation for up to 56 people in twin, double and dorm rooms, all providing en-suite bedroom facilities. We welcome groups of all sizes and interests, independent travellers of every age, families with toddlers to teenagers and we are delighted to have been awarded a 4* rating by Tourism Northern Ireland. Whether its tour information, food recommendations, top local tips or directions around the city, we can help. Our team are friendly, helpful, highly trained and determined to give you a very warm Armagh welcome. The hostel opens April through to October and will take bookings for large groups during the period November – March and for the festival periods. We are only a short walk to the main bus station with regular connections to the train station in Portadown and easily accessible from both Belfast and Dublin
Armagh City’s famous attractions are located on the hostel doorstep. Picnicking on the tree-lined Georgian Mall, stargazing in the world-renowned Armagh Planetarium & Observatory, stepping back in time in Armagh County Museum and Armagh Robinson Library, following in the footsteps of St Patrick to the mythical Navan Centre & Fort before touring the extremes of steeple and crypt in our two cathedrals. All the action in the city’s restaurants, pubs and theatre is just a short walk downhill. So, no problem either if you want space, peace and quiet to chill out alone or mingle with old and new friends after a busy day discovering Armagh.
Hostellers can cycle The Giro d’Italia 2013 route through Loughgall, stopping at Armagh Cider Company or Long Meadow Farm to experience the sights, sounds and aromas of a traditional Armagh cider distillery. The beautiful apple blossom countryside is also home to the stunning National Trust properties The Argory and Ardress House, Dan Winter’s Cottage and Sloan’s Museum. Venturing further afield, hostellers can explore Oxford Island & Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Brownlow House, FE Mc William Gallery and Studio and Ferguson’s Irish Linen Factory,
Armagh has a plethora of tourist, arts & culture and leisure facilities all offering high quality bespoke group tours and activities. Armagh City Youth Hostel is a great choice for groups planning an educational trip to Navan Centre & Fort, Armagh Planetarium & Observatory, The Argory, Tayto Castle Factory or Oxford Island & Lough Neagh Discovery Centre. Sporting groups regularly use the hostel for cycling breaks or team-building getaways at Lurgaboy Adventure Centre, Craigavon Watersports or Craigavon Golf and Ski Centre. The hostel also welcomes groups of all sizes, ages and interests for a variety of cultural tours, exploring the two cathedrals, Armagh’s Georgian heritage, the rich museum and library experience or touring an Armagh cidery and learning about the artisanship of the master brewer. Hostel staff can help you with travel and transfer arrangements, Armagh City tour information and organising group meals. To get a quote for your group visit to Armagh and to ensure the best possible experience, please click the link below to complete the group booking form:
Armagh Youth Hostel,
45 Abbey Street,
028 3751 1800