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Welcome to Orchard County: Visit Armagh

Taste the Orchard. Savour local flavours in one of our top culinary spots and enjoy world-leading artisan ciders from our world famous apple orchards. Enjoy good food and drink in Armagh, Ireland’s orchard county.

Food and Cider Weekend is back! Join us from 5th to 8th September 2024 for the biggest foodie event of the season. Over 50 events in one amazing weekend! Click for more information.

Discover our rich heritage. Explore the stunning Georgian architecture in Armagh City and delve into Celtic myths at Navan Fort. Visit the home of St. Patrick and immerse yourself in Armagh’s vibrant culture. We invite you to enjoy all of our wonderful walks, delicious food, family fun, and to create memorable moments with friends.

Getting Here is Easy

By Air Fly direct to Belfast International or Belfast City George Best Airports from many UK cities. Dublin International Airport is a 1.5-hour drive from Armagh. Click for more information.

By Sea Regular ferries from the UK to Belfast and Larne, and from Dublin’s ports, make travel convenient. Click for more information.

Start planning your visit to Orchard County today.

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At Long Meadow Farm, visitors can explore three generations of apple farming traditions and see how high-quality apple juices, cider, and cider vinegar are made. Enjoy an Orchard/Cider tour and cooking demo featuring Granny’s traditional griddle breads on select dates.

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At Armagh Cider Company, discover the cider-making process from blossom to bottle, including the unique Armagh Bramley Apple PGI, and hear some home-spun history.

Donna Fox Walking Tour

Discover the magic of summer in Armagh! From lush landscapes to captivating cultural experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Explore our historic sites, indulge in culinary delights, and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Join us for a summer to remember in Armagh!

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Explore Emain Macha (Navan Fort), near Armagh City, where myth and history merge. Discover the ancient seat of Kings and Ulster’s first capital. Step into the Celtic world 2000 years ago, interactively learning their ways. Hear tales of heroes like Cú Chulainn. Guided tours reveal archaeological treasures dating to 95 BC.

GOT

In partnership with Warner Bros., the world’s inaugural Game of Thrones Studio Tour is now open in Northern Ireland. At Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, a short distance from Belfast (or 90 minutes from Dublin), guests delve into an expansive array of costumes, props, sets, and weapons, delving into the craftsmanship of the Seven Kingdoms.

F.E. McWilliam

The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio pays tribute to Banbridge’s own Frederick Edward McWilliam, a renowned Irish sculptor. Born in Banbridge on April 30th, 1909, McWilliam passed away in London in 1992, leaving his studio and belongings as a generous gift to his hometown.

The gallery and studio provide superb exhibition areas, featuring a gallery, sculpture garden, and a reconstructed studio. Visitors can also enjoy amenities like a café, craft shop, and tourist information point.

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Experience Northern Ireland’s premier astronomical hub at the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, offering a unique celestial adventure. Immerse yourself in the Digital Full Dome Theatre for a captivating journey through the night sky and astronomy education. Engage with heritage exhibits, hands-on workshops, and even touch Ireland’s largest meteorite. Unwind in the tranquil Sensory Space.

Explore the expansive 14-acre Astropark, featuring the intriguing ‘Cosmo, Lost in Space’ trail, along with scale models of the Solar System and artistic sculptures. Encounter the Observatory building, Human Orrery, sundials, historic telescopes, and a diverse array of plant and animal life.

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St Patrick’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic)

Explore this striking twin-spired cathedral, initiated in 1840 but paused during the Irish Famine of 1845-48.

St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral

Saint Patrick established his primary church on the Hill of Armagh in 445 AD, marking the site for continuous Christian worship. Join a guided tour to trace an uninterrupted succession of bishops since Saint Patrick and delve into the history of those interred in the 13th-century crypt.

Armagh Robinson Library

Established by Archbishop Robinson, this impressive library displays his collection of 42,000 rare volumes and artworks. Uncover remarkable finds such as Jonathan Swift’s personally annotated copy of Gulliver’s Travels from 1726.

Festivals

Armagh City, known as the “Home of St. Patrick,” hosts a vibrant festival commemorating the saint with music, art, theatre, film, and dance. It’s a time to honor St. Patrick’s legacy while enjoying the festivities highlighting his historical and cultural impact.

Indulge in the Armagh Food and Cider Weekend, set amidst the scenic Orchard County. Experience culinary delights, cider tastings, orchard tours, and engaging talks amidst apple-laden landscapes.

Transport yourself to the Georgian era at our Georgian Festival, exploring Armagh’s history through its architecture, characters, and customs from the late 18th century.

Georgian Day offers a nostalgic ambiance with the sound of horse hooves, music, and enticing aromas of chestnuts and mulled spices. Stroll through bustling streets, adorned with craft and food stalls, both in the city center and the picturesque Mall setting.

Food and Cider Weekend

5th – 8th September 2024

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Georgian Festival

28th November – 1st December 2024

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St Patrick’s Festival

8th – 18th March 2025

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