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On a budget

If you are looking for some options to entertain this Spring, then these suggestions might help to inspire, while being pocket friendly.

Navan Centre and Fort

The earliest capital of Ulster and seat of Macha, the ancient goddess of war and fertility. Learn more about these times with exhibition and a walk (weather permitting) to the fort itself. The coffee shop, Ancient Grounds is a great place for coffee and scones!

Armagh County Museum

The museum is a must for those curious about the local area. On display are natural history specimens, railway memorabilia, wedding dresses, ceramics and an impressive art collection. For little ones, there are adventure activities and exploring options and the animal collection may well interest. The museum is open Monday – Friday (10-5pm) and Saturday (10-4pm). Admission is free.

The Mall

Grab the bikes/scooters/roller blades and hit the Mall. The circular space in the centre of Armagh is great for the children to burn off energy (it’s a 9000-step route) and appreciate the great outdoors and interesting architecture situated around it. The Mall was properly established in Georgian times by Archbishop Robinson, followed by Archbishop Newcome who laid out the tree lined public walks. Follow history as the little ones zoom around the path.

FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio

Easily located off the A1, the gallery and studio is easily accessed, and free parking is available. The gallery is in memory of sculptor Frederick Edward McWilliam who was born in Banbridge. The gallery programme is ever changing, and free admission. There is a full programme of craft events and activities to suit all interests.

As in all cases, it is advisable to check all opening times and any booking requirements before you set out, just in case of disappointment.

St Patrick’s Cathedrals

Armagh is fortunate to have two cathedrals named after the patron Saint. In the Roman Catholic cathedral be in awe of the inspiring craftmanship of the mosaic and beautiful interior design. In the Church of Ireland Cathedral, this is the home of St Patricks first great stone church. Inside view the plaques dedicated to various local people and the stained-glass windows. And if staffing allows, ask if you can gain access to the crypt to view the oldest part of the Cathedral and Tandragee man.

St Patrick's Cathedral RC