We’ve brought together some of the visitor attraction highlights and known treasures in Visit Armagh for you to explore when we can travel again!
Crannagael House, owned and occupied by Jane and John Nicholson, is nestled in the heart of the County Armagh countryside and is approximately 3 miles from M1 junction 13 and 5 miles from Portadown on the B28, Moy – Portadown Road.
Nicholsons have lived at Crannagael House since 1760. Subsequent generations were involved in the linen industry and then in 1884 one Henry Joseph Nicholson, the current owner’s great grandfather, imported the first 60 Bramley Seedling trees to Armagh from Southwell in Nottinghamshire, and the rest as they say is history!
Long Meadow Cider
Long Meadow Cider are third generation apple growers, growing apples for over 50 years on a 28-acre farm near Loughgall village. In January 2014, the company diversified into the cider industry and have been winning many prestigious awards for their produce, namely the Great Taste Awards and Irish Food and Drink Blas Na hEireann Awards. All their products are produced from apples grown on the home farm and are 100% natural as well as gluten free.
Owned and operated by the McKeever family, visitors to the heart of Ireland’s orchard county can enjoy guided tours of Long Meadow orchard from late 2017. Walking through the orchards, visitors will learn about the different apple growing systems and can pick apples at harvest time (Sept – Oct). The guided tour will also feature a visit to the cider premises to include apple storage facilities, cider press and information on the fermentation process. As part of the tour, visitors will receive a bottle of their choosing of Long Meadow Cider, Medium or Blossom Burst Cider.
Long Meadow Cider are in the process of building a new tea room and farm shop and visitors will have the opportunity to purchase Long Meadow Farm Still & Sparkling Apple Juice and Long Meadow Apple Cider Vinegar.
Mount Ida Pottery
Mount Ida Pottery has been operating for nearly 15 years, while Trevor has been working with clay for over 25 years. He trained as an Art and Design teacher and has taught in a range of schools and Arts Centres throughout Northern Ireland. He has worked with a range of community groups and youth groups and worked with people from 8 years old creating work, and has made a significant impact on all, who know his work.
Over the past 25 years Trevor has developed a unique and very personal range of hand built and thrown ceramic work, which clearly reflects, has rural roots and the rural setting of the studio and workshop.