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Tourism Arts & Culture Attractions Are Open

We are delighted to open our Tourism Arts & Culture attractions in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area on Monday 24th May 2021.

Just what is it about Armagh that makes it a true original? Raised on seven hills, it is a place of so many ‘firsts’, where history and mythology have become intertwined. A birthplace of Irish legends. A unique landscape providing distinctive produce. A Georgian city jewel at its core.  A place transporting you back to where it all began, stirring the senses and inspiring the mind.

Navan Centre & Fort

Opening Days: Tuesday – Sunday | Hours: 10am – 5pm

Discover even more myth and reality at Navan Centre & Fort after new and exciting archeological discovery.

Armagh’s Navan Centre, which tells the story of one of world’s most important archaeological sites, Navan Fort, has confirmed it will fully reopen on 25th May 2021, with a new programme of activity to celebrate its exciting 2,000-year-old history.

The popular visitor attraction, located just two minutes from Ireland’s ecclesiastical capital, Armagh City, is currently at the centre of a new global focus after researchers uncovered new evidence of “absolutely huge” religious structures dating back to the Iron Age.

Long popular with visitors from across the island, the Navan Centre will be open from Tuesdays through to Sunday every week with a new and exciting programme of outdoor interpretative events which celebrate its pivotal place in history, its Celtic past and the stories of warriors, knights and legends.

Exploring how the area’s native countrymen and women lived, what they ate, wore and how they spent their days with practical demonstrations, talks and interpretative events, Navan Centre & Fort provides visitors with one the best, unique family days out.

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F.E McWilliam Gallery and Studio

Opening Days: Monday – Saturday | Hours: 9am – 5pm

Banbridge’s famed FE McWilliam Gallery, Studio and Garden safely reopens its doors to the public on 24th May 2021 with a new and exciting new exhibition.

A new exhibition Sculptors at Work: Photographs by Anne-Katrin Purkiss will take centre stage, providing yet another great reason to visit.

Dedicated to the memory of local sculptor Frederick Edward McWilliam, one of Ireland’s most influential and successful artists, the free-to-visit gallery and studio.

The FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio was established in 2008, two decades after the sculptor’s death, to house works his family bequeathed to the people of Banbridge, including the contents of his studio, a replica of which sits in the garden.

The son of a local doctor, McWilliam was born in the town in 1909 and his work spans most of the major artistic movements of the 20th century.

Featuring a permanent display of McWilliam’s work, temporary exhibitions of Irish and international art, a craft shop, café and Banbridge Visitor Information Point, the FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio is popular among visitors from across the island.

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Armagh County Museum

Opening Days: Monday – Saturday | Hours: 10am – 4pm

Armagh County Museum, the oldest county museum in Ireland, is set in Armagh’s beautiful Georgian tree lined Mall and its unique architecture makes it one of the most distinctive buildings in the city. Opened in 1937 as Ireland’s first County Museum, its collections capture centuries of stories relating to the people who lived, worked and had connections with this famous city and historic county.

Awash with watercolour drawn from the Art collection at Armagh County Museum exhibition showcases a selection of watercolours from the museum’s collection.

On display are military uniforms, wedding dresses, ceramics, natural history specimens and railway memorabilia. An impressive art collection includes works by many well-known Irish artists such as AE Russell, John Luke and JB Vallely.

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Marketplace Theatre

Opening Days: Monday – Saturday | Hours: 10am – 4pm

Armagh’s Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre will re-open to the public on Monday 24th May 2021. The programme will include a variety of choices to keep audiences entertained, including the venue’s much-loved interactive workshops, a host of visual art exhibitions, performances live-streamed from the stage of the Main Auditorium, and the magic of The Big Screen returns with an eclectic mix of film screenings for kids and grown-ups alike.

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