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Visit Armagh offer range of relaxation and recreation activities across borough this Spring

Armagh is a city with a unique sense of place and has been the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland since Saint Patrick founded his great stone church in 445.

The city is built against a rich backdrop of history clearly visible through its archaeological and historical sites.

Beyond Armagh stretches the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough which is home to many hidden gems, havens for relaxation and recreation and is ideal for a wide range of outdoor pursuits.

The spaces are wide and the options are great. From the Palace Demesne in Armagh, to the Peoples Park in Portadown. Loughgall Country Park, Solitude Park and Gosford Forest Park, they all offer spaces which are open and welcoming.

Try biking, walking, orienteering, camping, horse riding and of course great play parks. Don’t forget the southern shores of Lough Neagh which lap gently and call you to explore nature and wildlife.

Famous around the world as Ireland’s ‘Orchard County’ and filled with thousands of acres of Bramley apple trees interspersed with forests, parks meadows and walking trails ideal for picnics – or just to take in the views – there’s plenty of space for everyone to enjoy.

For those who enjoy history and heritage, explore and discover the hidden gems of our destination – cathedrals and museums, libraries, gift shops and eateries.

The Armagh Robinson Library, Armagh County Museum and FE McWilliam Gallery are just some of the hidden gems the destination has to offer.

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium offers a fascinating insight into space and the world around us. Navan Centre and Fort is another for your spring visit list; a place where myth and reality meet and is one of Ireland’s most famous and important archaeological sites.

The Game of Thrones Studio Tour located at Linen Mill Studios, Banbridge is a must see on your list. Step behind the scenes of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond and see the sets, the costumes, and the series. Be prepared to be mesmerised with a tour suitable for all.

Shopping opportunities are there in spades, with the independent boutiques in Banbridge and Armagh and the Boulevard premium outlet shopping.

To brighten up the spring months, we celebrate 2023 with the Home of St Patrick Festival from March 11 – 19. Enjoy comedy, music, workshops, lectures, films, fun days and more.

During spring why not enjoy a programme of walking tours, learning more about the city, exhibitions, workshops to learn new skills in art, cookery and more.

See for further travel tips, to book events and to create your perfect day out.

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