Full of history and charm, Armagh is one of 20 cities across the U.K. in the running to become the 2025 U.K. City of Culture.
The district of Banbridge, Craigavon, and Armagh bids to become the U.K. City of Culture for 2025.
Businesses and residents have come together to back the city’s bid for the prestigious accolade, which will be announced in May 2020.
The number of cities across the U.K. expressing interest in the award is said to be at an all-time high.
City of Culture 2025 – high hopes for Armagh
Armagh, alongside 19 other cities throughout the U.K., has bid to become the U.K. City of Culture 2025. Other runners include Bangor and Northwest Wales, the borderlands region, Lancashire, and County Durham.
Cities that make it onto the longlist will be offered grants of £40,000 to support their application.
Coventry in England’s West Midlands region is the current titleholder of U.K. City of Culture 2021. The winner, announced this coming May, will then take the accolade.
Not the first Northern Irish city – following in the footsteps
If Armagh takes the title of U.K. City of Culture 2025, it will not be the first time a Northern Irish city has held the prestigious title.
Derry took the title in 2013, becoming the first-ever U.K. City of Culture, an accolade that did much for the city’s provenance.
Thus, it is hoped that taking the prestigious title will do much for Armagh, bringing business, life, and tourism to the city, which is a hub of Irish culture and history.
A friendly city – smiles all round
Earlier this year, a survey revealed Armagh to be the happiest county in Northern Ireland, thus making the city of Armagh the perfect spot to become the U.K. City of Culture 2025.
A creative hub full of independent shops, Georgian architecture, and history on every corner, Armagh has plenty to offer visitors. However, it often flies under the radar in favour of cities like Belfast and Derry.
Not only would the accolade encourage tourism to the historic city, but it would also bring investment that would help modernise and improve what already exists.
A must-visit city – lots to see and do
Local businesses and residents have come out in support of Armagh’s bid to become the U.K. City of Culture 2025.
One such local is Donna Fox, who conducts walking tours around the historic city. Speaking to Belfast Live, she said, “I love the place so much and enjoy sharing its beauty and history with as many people as I can.
“There’s history around every corner and under each stone alongside some beautiful architecture but also so much talent in the city in terms of art, music, food and drink.”
She continued, “Armagh has lived in the shadow of other places for a long time but remember that it’s at the core of Ulster. So, becoming U.K. City of Culture would elevate it to the status it really deserves.”