Armagh City, Northern Ireland

Armagh City, Northern Ireland

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Set in a quality urban environment in the heart of Orchard County, a fantastic range of shops, restaurants and entertainment are all wrapped up with a wonderfully warm, intimate small City welcome. Be spoilt by Armagh City’s thriving cultural scene and a perfect balance between historic fabric interwoven with more modern threads.

The City of Armagh's name is an Anglicization of the Irish Ard Mhacha, literally meaning "Macha's Height" – the nearbyEmain Macha – or Navan Fort – was an important site in prehistoric times. Armagh is the oldest City in Ireland and with that comes a lot of history, myth and legend.

Effectively established by Saint Patrick back in 445AD, the small town developed throughout the years as the most important place for Irish Christianity. Until today it is the seat of the Archbishop of Ireland. High KingBrian Boru was buried here after his death in 1014. Around 1608 Armagh became the centre of learning with the foundation of the Royal School and the building of the Armagh Observatory in 1790.

The City developed over the centuries but seen as a place of wealth was pillaged by various armies down through the ages but many of the must see buildings were developed as part of the vision of Archbishop Robinson in 1708-94.

Today Armagh City with a population of 15,000 it is one of Ireland’s smallest cities. Nevertheless there are a lot of things to do and visit. Probably the best introduction is a stroll around the Mall, a central open area with cricket fields and some fine Georgian buildings. Furthermore must-dos include two cathedrals overlooking the city, both dedicated to Saint Patrick, Armagh Observatory & Planetarium, the Archbishop’s Palace & Chapel, the Armagh County Museum or Armagh Public Library on Abbey Street.

 

Have a look at our blog to find our more things to do in Northern Ireland - like Saint Patrick's Trail for example.

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