County Armagh (pronounced “are-mah”), is one of six counties in Northern Ireland. Also known as the “Orchard County”, due to its vast apple orchards, this area is home to around 175,000 people. Boasting stunning natural features and beautiful churches and cathedrals, the county town in Armagh is approximately 40 miles from the Northern Irish capital city, Belfast and 82 miles north of Dublin City, the capital of the Republic. Other major towns in this county include Tandragee, Keady and Blackwatertown.
County Armagh is famous for its multiple churches and cathedrals, the most significant of these being St Patrick’s Cathedral. Erected in the height of the Irish Reformation, this building showcases Northern Ireland’s impressive medieval architecture. Other historical sites in this area include the 15th century Benburb Castle and Valley Park and the fascinating Armagh Gaol. One of the most popular locations in this county is the Armagh Planetarium. Here visitors can have fun with interactive exhibitions as well as attending shows in the observatory. Learning about your place in the universe while also taking in the County Armagh’s history is the perfect way to explore this town.
There are many cultural activities to explore here. Catch a show in The Armagh Theatre, spend some time in the Armagh County Museum and cap off a day of adventure in the Armagh Cinema. Whether you’re staying in the elegant Armagh City Hotel or a charming country B&B, you will never be too far away from something fascinating to discover.