Renowned as the Orchard County, the Cathedral County and the spiritual capital of Ireland, here is how to make the most of 12 hours in Armagh and the surrounding areas.
BROWNLOW HOUSE, LURGAN (1.5h)
Arrive early morning and head to this stunning country manor, which overlooks the scenic surroundings of Lurgan Park. Brownlow House or Lurgan Castle, as it is locally known, was built in 1833 for the Rt Hon Charles Brownlow and was owned by the Brownlow family until the turn of the century.
Here you can grab a morning coffee and scone or perhaps if have not had breakfast yet why not order a pancake stack from their Tearooms.
LURGAN PARK (1h)
Once you have finished exploring the grandeur that is Brownlow House why not take a leisurely stroll around the neighbouring Lurgan Park and discover over 250 acres of magnificent scenery.
This urban parkland is steeped in history dating back to the late 1700’s. It is Northern Ireland’s largest and most picturesque urban park and the second largest public park in Ireland after Phoenix Park.
YELLOW DOOR, PORTADOWN (1.5h)
You are sure to have worked up an appetite by now and we have the perfect place for you to curb that hunger – at Portadown’s beloved Yellow Door Deli, Bakery & Café. It’s known for its towering gourmet sandwiches – try the Taste of Ulster Givan’s Belfast ham, Dromona cheddar, plum & apple chutney or if you’re looking for something from their patisserie why not try one of their mouth-watering croissants filled Mozzarella, house pesto, & sun-blushed tomatoes?
PLANETARIUM & ASTROPARK (2h)
After lunch, why not head down to Northern Irelands only Planetarium and immerse yourself in a unique experience which is quite simply ‘out of this world’? The 3-D StarDome show is not to be missed and you can experience our planet and beyond by touring the night sky, discovering some of the myths behind the star constellations and exploring black holes and cosmic chemistry.
If you have time after, have a stroll around the Astropark, which displays a scale model of the Universe where visitors can walk through the Solar System into the Milky Way and beyond.
SELF-GUIDED GARGOYLE TOUR (1h)
As you walk around the streets of Armagh City, you may have the eerie feeling that you are being watched… It is not by the spirits of St. Patrick, Brian Boru or the other local characters of the city but by twenty-two sets of still, glinting eyes which will be silently following your every move. This trail features twenty-two miniature bronze sculptures hidden in all kinds of curious places amongst the city’s historic buildings, architecture and streets. This trail is accessible for all – from the young to the young at heart and all those in-between! It is a real hidden gem or bronze of our city.
ULURU BAR & GRILL (2h)
There are so many delicious choices here in Armagh but why not head to Uluru Bar & Grill, an award-winning restaurant based in the city’s historic marketplace area.
Here you will be served some authentic cooking with an Australian twist – trying the Kangaroo Loin from the josper charcoal grill is a must and don’t forget to wash that down with a crisp local Armagh cider.