Armagh is the oldest city in Ireland and one of the smallest, and as such it offers a fascinating combination of rich history, peaceful ambience and a traditionally warm Irish welcome. Don’t let the fact that Armagh is relatively small put you off, however, since the vital role the city has played in over 6,500 years of Irish history means that it acts as a magnet for visitors from around the world, and has developed a tourist offering to match this status.
The historical sights and buildings in Armagh alone make it a place worth visiting, including prehistoric archaeological sites, two stunning cathedrals, spectacular National Trust buildings and a Georgian city centre which is compact enough to explore on foot but rich enough to never cease to fascinate.
Accommodation in Armagh
The accommodation on offer in Armagh has grown to match the diversity of both the people visiting and the attractions within easy reach. If you’re keen on exploring the surrounding countryside, soaking up the ambience of over 4,000 acres of apple orchards, exploring the wide open green spaces of The Mall or venturing further afield to the lake, golf course and outdoor fitness trail of Loughall Country Park, you’ll probably just want a comfortable room to recover in at the end of a day outdoors. Others might be seeking a luxury lodge in the heart of Armagh, a traditional bed and breakfast close to the shopping, eating and drinking facilities or a family-friendly guest house, but whatever your requirements are, a three star hotel is likely to meet them.
Shopping in Armagh
A three star hotel in Armagh will offer the perfect combination of a hint of luxury and a relaxed atmosphere. From an establishment located close to the main Lower English Street you’ll be able to walk to the selection of shops crowded around the city centre, ranging from bespoke local traders crafting handmade local goods to bigger brand names on display in The Mall Shopping Centre.
Just off Cathedral Road you’ll find Shambles Yard, home to the Shambles Variety Market, held every Tuesday and Friday. There have been markets held on this site since the 15th Century and this history is reflected in the range of goods on offer today, both on outdoor stalls and under cover in the listed Johnston Building. Treats you can snap up include local fruit and vegetables, freshly caught fish and delicious homemade jams and pies.
Beyond food, the market stocks most other things you could imagine, including clothes, hardware and greeting cards.
Nights Out in Armagh
One advantage of a three star hotel close to the centre of Armagh is that you won’t have far to walk after a night out in the city. The pubs and bars around areas such as Market Street, Lower English Street and Railway Street offer everything from a quiet spot to sup a Guinness to a raucous night of wild entertainment.
Mckennas Bar offers a DJ and live music every weekend, Viva Bar boasts an extensive cocktail menu and The Hole in the Wall, which used to be a gaol, combines a wide range of beers and spirits with the chance to hear live music every Saturday and traditional Irish music on the last Friday of every month.