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Armagh Planetarium

The Armagh Planetarium is the only one in Northern Ireland and is an excellent way of learning about the night skies.

It’s not only about the sound and light shows though – there are also spacey exhibits and displays of all kinds.

County Armagh’s planetarium was built in 1965 and has a history of innovation in planetarium circles. It was one of the first to use video tape recorders in the 1970s, and in the 1980s it was the first to create a fully interactive planetarium show, Space Odyssey, designed so that audience members could choose what topics the show would cover next.

In 2006, the Armagh Planetarium underwent a major refurbishment and has a state of the art sound system and projector. The shows cover all the traditional topics about planets, galaxies and stars, and the staff are proud to be up to date with the latest astronomical discoveries.

In addition to the main show, the Armagh Planetarium has several exhibits and activities for visitors. There is a two feet long meteorite, estimated to be 4.6 billion years old, which visitors can touch, and scale models of both the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope, the Voyager probes and other astronomical objects. The Mars room has models of the Viking Robot, and the failed British Beagle 2 mission.

Staff at the Armagh Planetarium also regularly put on activities, including building – and launching – your own rocket, as well as lightsaber duels with staff. For those wanting to get a taste of weightlessness, there is also a gyroscope to strap into and take off.


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Armagh City Hotel £84
Armagh City Hotel

Armagh City Hotel

2 Friary Road, Armagh, Northern Ireland
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Armagh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral and Armagh County Museum. Armagh Planetarium and St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic) are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Charlemont Arms Hotel £89
    Charlemont Arms Hotel

    Charlemont Arms Hotel

    57-65 English Street, Armagh, Northern Ireland
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Armagh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, No 5 Vicars' Hill and Armagh County Museum. St. Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic) are also within 10 minutes.

      Courtyard Mews £89
      Courtyard Mews

      Courtyard Mews

      82 Newry Road, Armagh, Northern Ireland
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Armagh, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Palace Demesne, Armagh County Museum and St. Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral. No 5 Vicars' Hill and Palace Stables Heritage Centre are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Hillview Lodge £75
        Hillview Lodge

        Hillview Lodge

        33 Newtownhamilton Road, Armagh, Northern Ireland
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Armagh, this bed & breakfast is within 2 miles (3 km) of Palace Demesne, St. Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral and Palace Stables Heritage Centre. No 5 Vicars' Hill and Armagh County Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Dundrum House £77
          Dundrum House

          Dundrum House

          116 Dundrum Road, Tassagh, Keady, Keady, Northern Ireland
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Keady bed & breakfast is located in a rural location, within 3 mi (5 km) of Basil Sheils and Keady Heritage Centre. Armagh Planetarium and Wildlife and Heritage Centre are also within 9 miles (15 km).

            The Ryandale Inn £100
            The Ryandale Inn

            The Ryandale Inn

               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Dungannon, this inn is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Moy Village and within 6 miles (10 km) of Linen Green and Dungannon Park. Benburb Valley Heritage Centre and Loughgall Country Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              Charlemont House £75
              Charlemont House

              Charlemont House

                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Dungannon, this guesthouse is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Moy Village, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Linen Green and Dungannon Park. Benburb Valley Heritage Centre and Ardress House are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Bannview Bed & Breakfast £78
                Bannview Bed & Breakfast

                Bannview Bed & Breakfast

                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Craigavon, this bed & breakfast is within 9 miles (15 km) of Moneypenny's Lock, Ardress House and Lough Neagh Discovery Centre. Oxford Island Nature Reserve and Loughgall Country Park are also within 9 miles (15 km).