County Armagh is located to the east of Northern Ireland and has a rich historical culture and some beautiful rural places to visit. The city of Armagh is famed as having the St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, built by the saint himself in 445AD and also the St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral.
Take the tour in the St Patrick’s Trian Visitor Complex to learn more about the patron saint of Ireland. Armagh is also credited with being the seat of the legendary Kings of Ulster. Near Armagh the ancient site at Navan Fort gives an insight into the history of the area. Armagh is also home to the first planetarium in Northern Ireland. In rural County Armagh visit the T Chulainn Cultural centre at Slieve Gullian near Crossmaglen.
The area is known as Orchard country for the abundance of fruit trees and rich farmland, particularly around the small town of Loughgall which is prettiest at blossom time. With excellent walks in the countryside and a centre for horse breeding, County Armagh is a beautiful place to visit and explore.
The largest freshwater lake in the British Isles, Lough Neagh, has a lot of interesting bird and marine life and is a picturesque place to spend time. The seventeenth century Ardress House near Portadown is an insight into life in the eighteenth century in the area.
In South Armagh there are many excellent walking trails which are great for appreciating the countryside and beauty of the area. Try the Newry Canal Towpath, or the Poets Trail around the Creggan Loop. Play a game of golf at Cloverhill or Ashfield, and relax with a day fishing perhaps at Cashel Loughs or at Carrigans Lough for trout. Armagh has a lot to offer visitors to Northern Ireland and is just waiting to be discovered.