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Palace Demesne & Public Park

Situated within walking distance of the City Centre, for over two hundred years, the undulating parkland of the Palace Demesne has been one of the glories of Armagh.  The Demesne, comprising some 300 acres, is the creation of Archbishop Richard Robinson.  The Palace was the residence of the Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 to 1975.

JB Vallely - The Soul of Armagh
The Archbishop Robinson Trail
The Great Georgian Banquet

The walks around the Demesne vary in distance and effort, taking you into the back meadows and around the more formal gardens.  There is also a chance to relax in the ‘Garden of the Senses’, created to provide a sensory experience that will appeal to both able-bodied and disabled visitors. The garden is made up of five distinct areas linked by a winding path.

The park includes a modern accessible Play Park and Green Gym.  There is also a restaurant; The Moody Boar. The Palace Building and Chapel are also open to the public periodically and the Palace Gardens are extremely popular for wedding photography.

On Saturday mornings at 9.30am, Armagh Parkrun is held in the Palace Demesne. It is a free, timed 5 km run and visitors can contact Armagh Information Centre to get details about how to register before their first run. Everyone enjoys a post run coffee in The Moody Boar Restaurant!

Internationally renowned Armagh artist J.B. Vallely has a collection of works housed in the refurbished Archbishops Palace and visitors are invited to browse this exciting gallery.

JB Vallely At The Palace – ‘Artist In Residence’

Internationally renowned Armagh artist J.B. Vallely has a collection of works housed in the refurbished Archbishops Palace.

J.B. Vallely

Admission: Free

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Education Brochure

The award-winning Education Department [Sandford Award for Heritage Education] provides a unique educational experience to schools and community groups visiting the Palace Stables Heritage Centre to learn about their shared past. The Department has a wide range of events and activities, detailed below, to suit all ages and meeting the needs of the curriculum:

·        Our Senses

·        Tree Tales & Teddy Bear Trails

·        Boxes in the Attic

·        The Vikings

·        World War 2

·        Habitat & Woodland

·        Orienteering

For information of additional programmes or to make a booking please contact:

t: 028 3752 9648 | e: education@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

The Palace Demesne, Armagh BT60 4EL

T. 028 3752 9600