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County Armagh Holiday Guide

County Armagh, located in the south of Northern Ireland, is home to beautiful mountain ranges, expansive flatlands and a splattering of uninhabited, rugged islands.

Known as the spiritual capital of Ireland, County Armagh is a picturesque, soulful place with something to offer visitors of all ages. Enjoy history and culture in the county’s beautiful towns, or venture into the stunning, unspoilt countryside, emblematic of Northern Ireland.

Nature in County Armagh

County Armagh is known as the “Orchard County” because of its many apple orchards, largely located in the south-east. The county becomes awash with colour during the spring and summer months, as pink and white apple blossom spreads across the flatlands.

County Armagh’s border with Louth is marked by the rugged Ring of Gullion rising to the south. An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Ring of Gullion was the first ring dyke to be mapped and contains the highest peak in the county.

Head to Camagh Forest in the south-west of the county to experience an enchanting, unspoilt woodland, complete with fishing lakes, an anglers’ inn and ample picnic spots. The Fews Forest is wonderful wild walking territory - climb to the heights of Dead Man’s Hill and Carrickatuke for amazing views across the valley and forest below.

Lough Neagh marks the county’s northern boundary. There are a number of uninhabited islands on the river, including Coney Island, which is situated just over half a mile off the shore from Maghery Country Park. The island is a National Trust Park that offers walking trails through stunning forest and around rugged shores, with beautiful views over the river.

History in Armagh

The county town of Armagh has been the spiritual capital of Northern Ireland for 1,500 years. It is the seat of both Catholic and Protestant Archbishops, making it the most venerated of Irish cities.

The Irish patron saint, St. Patrick, referred to Armagh as “my sweet hill” and built his stone church on the hill where the Anglican cathedral now stands.

Two miles west of Armagh city stands the great mound of Navan Fort, which was the stronghold of the kings of Ulster around 700 BC. The Navan Centre, close to the mound, offers a fantastic insight into Celtic culture, as well as the rituals and beliefs of pre-Christian Ireland.

Gosford Forest Park, located just outside of Markethill in the centre of County Armagh, comprises of 240 hectares of diverse woodland and open parkland. It was designated as the first conservation forest in Northern Ireland and is also home to Gosford Castle, a mock-Norman battlement, one of the few examples in the world.

Enjoy County Armagh

Explore the rugged hills and official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty scattered around County Armagh. Whether you’re looking for history, adventure or an opportunity to relax in nature, this mystical place is sure to charm and enchant.


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Armagh City Hotel £86
Armagh City Hotel

Armagh City Hotel

2 Friary Road, Armagh
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 345 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    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 are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Seagoe Hotel
    Seagoe Hotel

    Seagoe Hotel

    22 Upper Church Lane, Craigavon
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 15 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Craigavon, this hotel is in the same area as Oxford Island Nature Reserve. Regional attractions also include Ardress House and Loughgall Country Park.

      Charlemont Arms Hotel
      Charlemont Arms Hotel

      Charlemont Arms Hotel

      57-65 English Street, Armagh
         
        3.4
        of 5, from 67 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Armagh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Armagh County Museum, St. Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Armagh Observatory and Armagh Planetarium are also within 10 minutes.

        Bannview Bed & Breakfast
        Bannview Bed & Breakfast

        Bannview Bed & Breakfast

        60 Portmore Street, Craigavon
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 45 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Craigavon, this bed & breakfast is within 9 miles (15 km) of Ardress House, Oxford Island Nature Reserve and Loughgall Country Park. Armagh Observatory and Armagh Planetarium are also within 12 miles (20 km).

          Flagstaff Lodge
          Flagstaff Lodge

          Flagstaff Lodge

          11 Forkhill Road, Newry
             
            5.0
            of 5, from 6 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Newry, this hotel is close to Newry Cathedral and Newry Town Hall. Area attractions also include Slieve Gullion and Ring of Gullion.

            The Cross Square Hotel
            The Cross Square Hotel

            The Cross Square Hotel

            4-5 Cardinal O'Fiaich Square, Newry
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 5 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated near the beach in Newry, this eco-friendly hotel is close to Crossmaglen Square and Creggan Parish Church. Area attractions also include Cardinal O' Fiaich Centre and Patrick Kavanagh Rural and Literary Resource Centre.

              Hillview Lodge
              Hillview Lodge

              Hillview Lodge

              33 Newtownhamilton Road, Armagh
                 
                4.7
                of 5, from 59 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Armagh, this bed & breakfast is within 3 miles (5 km) of St. Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh County Museum and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Armagh Observatory and Armagh Planetarium are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Dundrum House £65
                Dundrum House

                Dundrum House

                116 Dundrum Road, Tassagh, Keady, Armagh
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 25 reviews
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Keady Heritage Centre and within 9 miles (15 km) of St. Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Armagh County Museum and Armagh Observatory are also within 9 miles (15 km).

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