As Ireland slowly starts to thaw from a period of pause, now is the time to enjoy the great outdoors and all that Armagh has to offer. These are the ten best things to do in Armagh this summer.
Outdoor excursions have never been more needed by Armagh locals and visitors alike.
As the county slowly reopens following a challenging few months, the opportunity for adventure awaits.
From exploring ancient lands and mystical forests to religious sites and activity centres, these are the ten best things to do in Armagh this summer.
10. Palace Demesne Park – the hidden gem
Palace Demesne Park is a dreamy hidden gem situated in Armagh. Located within walking distance from the city, this estate boasts 300 acres to roam on any given day this summer or autumn.
Although the Palace building itself remains closed, the grounds extend as far as the eye can see, making it one of the best things to do in Armagh in 2020.
Address: Armagh BT60 4EN, United Kingdom
9. Armagh Cider Company – for the love of cider
Armagh is famed for its endless apple orchards. If you’re a fan of cider, you’ve come to the right place.
Enjoy a tour of the Armagh Cider Company, where the Troughton family have been nurturing apples from ‘Blossom to Bottle’ for over a century.
Address: Drumnasoo Rd, Craigavon BT62 4EX, United Kingdom
8. Scarva Towpath – an activity accessible for all
If you’re looking for a serene escape from the city, we suggest you check out Scarva Towpath. Visitors can expect 29 kilometres (18 miles) of winding woodlands, majestic forest trails, and remote country laneways along this route.
With a flat, level surface, this is one of the top accessible-for-all activities in Armagh.
7. The Mall – for the perfect picnic
Although once a cock-fighting and bull-baiting venue, today the lush landscaped Mall is the ideal place to picnic.
Long and narrow, nestled amidst the buzz of a busy city, the Mall is an exquisite oasis, close to the vibrant centre that thrives outside of its gates.
Located just steps from the park is Armagh County Museum. Not only is this Ireland’s oldest County museum, but also it’s the perfect plan B if the weather decides to turn less favourable.
Address: The Pavilion, The Mall W, Armagh BT61 9AJ, United Kingdom
6. Lurgan Park – for a day at the park
Lurgan Park is the second-largest park on the island of Ireland (only after Phoenix Park in Dublin) and has a treasure trove of activities for all ages.
Hire a rowboat or enjoy a bat and ball game on its grounds; one thing is for sure: you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do.
And, if you need to rest your feet with a cup of tea or a slice of cake, stop by The Tea Room in Brownlow House – an impressive country manor set on the lawns of Lurgan Park.
Address: Windsor Ave, Lurgan, Craigavon BT67 9BG, United Kingdom
5. Oxford Island – for nature lovers
Oxford Island is a stunning spot for those who wish to get out into nature and embrace wild surroundings.
From the discovery centre to learning all about foraging and survival skills, this is one of the best things to do in Armagh, without question.
Address: Craigavon BT66 6NJ, United Kingdom
4. Loughgall Country Park – for a family day out
Recreation comes in all shapes and sizes at Loughgall Country Park. Round up the family and enjoy a day outdoors with an endless array of activities to suit just about everyone.
The prime focus at Loughgall Country Park is family activities, so you can expect everything from children’s play areas and cycling to fishing and football pitches.
Address: Main St, Loughgall, Armagh BT61 8HZ, United Kingdom
3. Navan Centre & Fort – for the love of ancient Ireland
Navan Centre & Fort is a hive of activity, offering insight into Ireland’s ancient past, as well as woodland walks and stunning vistas.
For those who are interested in learning more about archaeology, myths, and legends, this is a must-visit. It is said that Navan Fort played a key role in pre-Christian Ireland as the headquarters of Gaelic king, Conchobar mac Nessa.
Address: 81 Killylea Rd, Armagh BT60 4LD, United Kingdom
2. Lurgaboy Adventure – for thrillseekers
If you have been craving a little adrenaline these past few months, now is the time to take charge!
Lurgaboy Adventure is one of the country’s leading adventure providers with activities taking place on its 35-acre site, as well as locations across Northern Ireland.
It is bound to get your blood pumping with everything from Ireland’s longest zip-wire and high ropes course to mountain biking and rock climbing.
Address: 12 Gosford Rd, Collone, Armagh BT60 1LQ, United Kingdom
2. F. E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio
Dedicated to the esteemed sculptor, Frederick Edward McWilliam, this gallery is a must-visit when in the locale.
As one of Ireland’s most recognised artists, the gallery celebrates the life and work of McWilliam.
On his death in 1992, his studio contents were donated to Banbridge, the town of his birth, making this museum a top spot for art lovers and culture vultures.
Lunch is a must at the award-winning restaurant Quails at the Gallery, serving exceptionally good food in a convivial yet sophisticated surrounding by top chef Fernando Correa.
Address: 200 Newry Rd, Banbridge BT32 3NB, United Kingdom
1. St. Patrick’s Way – the ultimate trek
St. Patrick’s Way is the quintessential pilgrim’s pursuit in Ireland. The trail, which traces 131 kilometres (82 miles) of terrain, begins in Armagh and ends in Downpatrick.
Expect tonnes of stops along the way as you discover Ireland’s Christian heritage and key places of importance in the life of Saint Patrick.
Address: 81 Killylea Rd, Armagh BT60 4LD, United Kingdom
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