From historical tours to TV studios and great food to excellent Guinness, here is our perfect weekend itinerary for Armagh.
Often overlooked but not to be missed, County Armagh is one of the six counties of Northern Ireland and one of the most underrated counties in Ireland.
‘The Orchard County’ is adjoined to the southern shore of Lough Neagh; the county covers an area of 1,327 square km and has a population of about 175,000 today.
Armagh is a stunning county with lots to see. After several fantastic trips to this county, we’ve put together a suggested itinerary that will ensure you make the most of a weekend here!
Tips and advice – useful info for your weekend itinerary for Armagh
Booking.com – the best site for booking hotels in Armagh.
Best ways to travel: Hiring a car is one of the easiest ways to explore Armagh in a limited amount of time. Public transport to rural areas is not as regular, so travelling by car will give you much more freedom when planning your own journey. Still, you can book guided tours that will take you to all the best things to see and do, according to your preference.
Hiring a car: If you are travelling from Belfast or Dublin, major international car hire brands are available such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car. In Armagh, there are some local companies, including Kingdom Car Hire and Shelbourne Vehicle Rental. Cars can be picked up and dropped off at locations around the county, including at airports.
Travel insurance: Armagh is a relatively safe county. However, it is important to ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances. If you’re hiring a car, it’s also important to make sure that you’re insured to drive in Northern Ireland (especially if you are travelling from the Republic of Ireland).
Day one – TV studios, art galleries, and excellent food
- Game of Thrones Studio Tour (Banbridge)
- F.E. McWilliam Gallery (Banbridge)
- Dinner at Sintons at the Bridge (Scarva)
- Stay at The Armagh City Hotel (Armagh)
Start point: Game of Thrones Studio Tour (Banbridge)
End point: The Armagh City Hotel (Armagh)
Area of Northern Ireland: Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon
Morning – Game Of Thrones Studio Tour
- Although this attraction is just across the border in County Down, if you are visiting Armagh and you’re a fan of the TV show, it would be a shame not to experience it!
- The tour here is amazing, and it is unbelievable to see the actual sets where famous scenes were filmed.
- You can also buy exclusive merchandise, which is only available in the store here. A great souvenir from your weekend itinerary for Armagh.
Address: The Boulevard, Cascum Rd, Banbridge BT32 4LF, United Kingdom
Afternoon – lunch and art at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery
- After the studio tour, head across the road to the F.E. McWilliam Gallery.
- Here you can grab lunch in the cafe before understanding the life of F.E. McWilliam at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery.
- This is a fascinating place. It was the home of one of Ireland’s most famous sculptors. Here you can learn about his life and also see art exhibitions.
- The gallery is on the site of the home of McWilliam, and it houses his tools and a permanent display of his work. There are also temporary exhibitions of Irish and international art and much more.
Address: 200 Newry Rd, Banbridge BT32 3NB, United Kingdom
Evening – check-in before heading for dinner at Sintons
- Depending on how long you spend in the gallery, you could head straight out for dinner at Sintons (it is more time-efficient to do this). Or, if you have the time, you could go back to the hotel, check in, and freshen up before going out again.
- Either way, you will be in for a great evening at Sintons at the Bridge, Scarva.
- The service was excellent here, as was the food. It is definitely worth booking a table in advance if you are in the area as it is very popular with the locals!
Hotel address: 2 Friary Rd, Armagh BT60 4FR
Restaurant address: 2 Station Rd, Scarva, Craigavon BT63 6JY
Day two – Navan Fort, walking tour, and drinks in Armagh City
- Navan Fort (Armagh)
- Armagh City Waking tour (Armagh)
- Keegan’s Bar & Restaurant (Armagh)
- Stay at The Armagh City Hotel (Armagh)
- Drinks in Armagh City (Armagh)
Area of Ireland: Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon
Morning – breakfast followed By Navan Fort
- If you are staying in the Armagh City Hotel, start your day with a breakfast buffet. You’ll get everything you’d expect from an Irish hotel. They even cater for vegans and vegetarians upon request. We had some delicious vegan sausages with our Ulster Fry!
- After breakfast, it is on to Navan Fort for the next stop on our weekend itinerary for Armagh.
- Navan Fort should be high on your Irish Bucket List if you are looking to understand Ireland’s amazing history and culture.
- The tour here is very immersive. We understand the history of Ireland and how people lived thousands of years ago.
Address: 81 Killylea Rd, Armagh BT60 4LD
- After the tour of Navan Fort, you can grab lunch in the cafe at Navan Fort’s visitor centre.
- After that, you can join the Armagh City Waking tour which departs from outside main entrance of the Armagh County Museum at 2pm on weekends
- If you want to get a good feel for Armagh, its history, people, and architecture, we’d recommend going on a walking tour.
- Sue was a fantastic guide and extremely knowledgeable. She even answered all the random questions I had for her (and they were pretty random).
- Alternatively, you could head to Gosford Forest Park if you fancy a peaceful walk instead. Gosford Forest Park is an excellent place for a peaceful walk in Armagh. It is a wonderful place to visit with wide open spaces and beautiful trees, especially in autumn. An admission charge of £5 per car covers an entire day, and there is plenty at Gosford Forest Park to fill it.
Evening – delicious food and excellent Guinness
- After all that exercise, you’ll be hungry, so what better place to go than Keegan’s Bar & Restaurant
- After dinner, if you fancy a few drinks, you could check out the two best pubs in town: Red Neds and The Hole in The Wall pub! Both pubs have an excellent atmosphere and serve excellent Guinness.
- After a full day of exploring, you’ll definitely be ready for a good night’s sleep at the Armagh City Hotel.
Keegan’s Bar & Restaurant address: 48 Irish St, Armagh BT61 7EP
Red Neds address: 27 Ogle St, Armagh BT61 7EW
The Hole in the Wall address: 9 Market St, Armagh BT61 7BW
Our bite-sized breakdown of the perfect weekend itinerary for Armagh
Where to eat (based on the itinerary)
- Breakfast: The Armagh City Hotel
- Lunch: Navan Fort Cafe or F.E. McWilliam Gallery
- Dinner: Sintons at the Bridge, Scarva, Keegan’s Bar & Restaurant or the Armagh City Hotel
Where to drink
- The Hole in The Wall: An authentic old pub that used to be a jail. Apparently, it is haunted, and ghosts visit it. It also has a nice modern beer garden out the back.
- Red Neds: A famous bar and loved by GAA fans. It serves great Guinness. I noticed on the walls that they have pictures of the All-Ireland winning GAA team of 2003 celebrating in this bar around the time they won.
Things to do
Game of Thrones Studio Tour: The best thing to do if you’re a fan of the TV show.
F.E. McWilliam Gallery: An epic gallery if you’re into art.
Navan Fort: The best historical thing to do.
Gosford Forest Park: An excellent place for a peaceful walk in Armagh.
Where to stay
The best all-rounder: The Armagh City Hotel
The Armagh City Hotel is one of the handiest places to stay if you want to explore Armagh. It is extremely central, just on the edge of the main city centre.
We had the pleasure of staying here on a recent trip, and it was excellent. The room was comfortable, modern, and clean. The bed was very comfy.
The hotel had spa facilities, a gym, and an excellent bar and restaurant. Vegan and vegetarian dining options are available upon request.
Address: 2 Friary Rd, Armagh BT60 4FR, United Kingdom
This trip was gifted by the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
For transparency, we must state that this trip was gifted by the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. Although we were gifted most of this itinerary, this itinerary is our honest opinion.
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