Armagh is known as the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland or the religious capital of Ireland (the city of saints and scholars). You will be astonished by the scientific and historical places, enjoyable events, various activities, and more. In its beautiful Gregorian streets the city offers museums, cathedrals and a planetarium. How about digging deep into the Irish culture and heritage? Stay tuned for everything about County Armagh, from historical information, mythology and how they’re widespread in Ireland to attraction sites and things to do in Armagh.
Armagh was originally called Ard Macha after the ancient Irish goddess Macha of wars, horses and sovereignty. It’s a city of light, learning and a blend of cultures, which makes for a pretty special destination. Armagh is the oldest and most venerated of Irish Cities having a long Christian heritage.
County Armagh enjoys an oceanic climate and is strongly affected by the Gulf Stream with damp mild winters, and temperate, wet summers. The overall temperature during daylight hours rarely drops below freezing, though in the months November to February, frost is not infrequent. Even in the elevated South-East of the County, snow rarely falls for longer than a few hours. Summers are sunny of daylight lasting for almost 18 hours during high-summer. Generally, they are mild and wet although they are accompanied by sunshine, showers often intersperse them.
Being introduced to the whole world
County Armagh’s population is just under 160,000 with the north of the county located on the banks of Lough Neagh. Armagh is known as the Orchard County due to the extreme fertility of the land, which is ideal for the growth of apple trees. The county’s capital city, also called Armagh, has a population of less than 15,000. Nonetheless, it was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994. This city has the distinction of being the smallest in Northern Ireland and the fourth smallest in the UK in terms of population.
This astonishing city is run by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council from the Palace Demesne. That local authority was established on 1st April 2015. It replaced Armagh City and District Council, Craigavon Borough Council and Banbridge District Council. Gareth Wilson is the current Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, who promises to continue to build on the development of the City.
“During my term, I pledge to do all I can to maximise opportunities to see all parts of the borough develop socially and economically .. The key message I will be conveying to all I meet during my tenure as Lord Mayor is that our borough is an open, inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to live, work, invest and visit”.
Nicholas James Alexander, 7th Earl of Caledon and the son of the 6th Earl of Caledon, has been Lord-Lieutenant of County Armagh since 1989. Since that time, he has represented the British Monarch in the county.
Contemporary Armagh, known as the “Irish Rome”, has been the seat of the Catholic Primacy of all Ireland since the foundation of St. Patrick’s Church. Ironically, the city is also the seat of the Protestant Church of Ireland’s Archbishop of Armagh.
History of Armagh
The magic of Armagh stems from an ancient past of when Ard Macha was the earliest capital of Ulster and the seat of power for Ireland’s kings and queens. Archaeological evidence from 5000 years ago has shown how farmers tilled and worked the land around the grassy slopes that constitute the city.
Long ago, Armagh was the territory of Ulaid (a Gaelic over-kingdom in north-east of Ireland). It was ruled by the Red Branch (the name of two of the three royal houses of the king of Ulster), and Navan Fort was the capital. The Red Branch was eventually driven out of the area by the Three Collas, the fourth-century sons of Eochaid Doimlén, son of Cairbre Lifechair. Their names were: Áed Colla Menn, Cairell Colla Uais, and Muiredach Colla Fo Chrí. When they invaded in the 4th century, they held power until the 12th century and ruled the area known as Airghialla or Oriel for 800 years.
Thomas Francis O’ Rahilly, who was an Irish scholar of the Celtic Languages, claimed that the Three Collas’ traditional story was not historical. He argued that events like the breaking of the power of the Ulaid, the destruction of Emain Macha, and the arising of the kingdoms of Airgialla (English: Oriel) were actually done by the three sons of Niall Noígiallach, Conall, Endae and Eógan. They established two kingdoms: Tir Eógan and Tir Conaill in north-western Ulster in the mid-5th century. T.F. O’ Rahilly believed that the Three Collas are doublets of the three sons of Niall, and their story of the Airgialla was just a genealogical fiction to give the kingdoms a noble pedigree. Other historian stried to understand the origin of The Collas. Donald Schlegel, an Irish scholar, explained that the name “Colla” may have descended from the Trinovantes, a Celtic tribe, of Britain.
The chief Irish septs of the county were descendants of the Collas: the Uí Néill, the MacCanns, and the O’ Hanlons. Armagh was divided into several baronies: Armagh, Oneilland East, Lower Fews, Upper Fews, Orior Upper, Orior Lower, and Tirrany. Armagh was held by the O’Rogans, who was descended from one of the septs of Oriel that was originated in Counties Monaghan and Armagh. O’Neill of the Fews held Lower Fews, and the O’Larkins ruled Upper Fews. Later, the MacCanns (who were lords of Clanbrassil) ruled instead of the O’Larkins. The MacCans displaced the O’Garveys from their territory in the Oneilland East, and the O’Neill from theirs in Oneilland West. For Orior Lower and Upper, they were under the governess of O’Hanlon, and Tiranny was under that of Ronaghan. In 839 and 869, the Vikings raided the monastery in Armagh to acquire valuables that could be found in monasteries and even the churches.
For the pagan sanctuary, it was converted into a Christian one after Christianity spread to Ireland. So, Armagh became the site of an important monastery and church. After the foundation of Saint Patrick to his main church there, Armagh became the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland.
Book of Armagh
In the 9th century, the Book of Armagh came to light to be shared with the whole world containing some of the oldest surviving specimens of old Irish manuscripts. It contains texts of Saint Patrick, texts of the New Testament, and texts of Saint Martin. Since then, Armagh has been referred to as “the city of saints and scholars” for being a great educational centre.
That was only a part of the Irish history of Armagh. We’d like to leave youe to discover the rest while touring around the county.
Many varying stories were told of the foundation and naming of Armagh. However, it’s not certain if all of them are correct. One of them tells the story of how Queen Macha, a pagan warrior queen and the daughter of Aodh Ruadh, who was the founder of Emain Macha (Navan Fort) on the hill and, thus, named that hill after herself, Ard Macha (i.e., Hill of Macha). From there, and for 300 years, Queen Macha and her descendants ruled Ireland. After the rule of the Macha family, the rule moved across the Callan River to Emania.
Story of Macha
Another story entails another mysterious Macha. It says that one morning after a stormy night, Crunniac, a chieftain, woke up to find a beautiful woman outside his house with long flowy hair who could run faster than a horse. They fell in love. However, she did not tell him her name. After they got married, they were invited by the King of Ulster to attend a great feast at Emania. Having known the woman’s speed, he ordered her to race his fastest horse or else see Crunniac beheaded. Reaching the finish line, the woman cried, “Macha .. my name is Macha!” She had twins and died, but before she died, she cursed the men of Ulster. She said, “My twins will give you strength and power. The curse will make you weak when you most need to be strong”. Ever since, the place was called Emain Macha, which is believed to mean ‘twins of Macha’ in old Irish.
The Ulster Cycle
The Ulster Cycle is one of the greatest set of tales of Irish Mythology that is related to Armagh. It presents the medieval legends of heroes of the Ulaid, which was a kingdom in north-eastern Ireland, before the 1st century CE. These stories are about the King Conchobar mac Nessa who rules the Ulaid from Navan Fort, or Emain Macha that means Macha’s Twins in the stories of Celtic mythology. Conchobar’s nephew Cúchulainn is the most prominent hero of the cycle. In it there is a conflict between the Ulaid and the Connachta.
The Connachta were a group of medieval Irish dynasties led by their queen Medb, her husband, Ailill, and Fergus mac Róich, a former king of the Ulaid in exile. Táin Bó Cúailnge or “Cattle Raid of Cooley” is the most important story of the cycle, in which Medb invades the Cooley peninsula and steal the Ulaid’s prize bull with an enormous army, and that opposed Donn Cúailnge, by the seventeen-year-old Cúchulainn. Other tales are found too that tell births, conflicts and deaths of the characters.
Places to visit in Armagh
Visiting Armagh especially Armagh City is surely an unforgettable experience. There are many stunning places you definitely have to pay a visit to.
Take a tour at the heartland of St. Patrick in Armagh City, and be introduced to the main church founded by him. The hill of Armagh was the origins of the metropolitan cathedral in 445 CE, from which a monastic community developed and there has been a Christian church on the site ever since. Since St. Patrick’s era, the Church has been the central Church of Ireland.
History of St. Patricks Cathedral
Although the church itself has been destroyed and rebuilt and renovated 17 times—the last restoration was in 1834—the basic shape of the Cathedral is still the same design created by Archbishop O’Scanlon in the 12th century CE. The Cathedral holds a Celtic Cross dating back to the 11th century, as well as a number of interesting sculptures dating from the Iron Age to the 20th century. Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, was also buried at the site of the Cathedral.
Tour of the Cathedral
For visiting tours, the place provides schools and groups a three-fold-visit to Armagh’s ancient hill that is illustrated by three representatives showing them the treasures of this historical site. First, take a tour in the Cathedral guided by the Cathedral Steward and get introduced to the silverware dating back to 1796, the various stone carvings that some date from 500–1000 BCE, and the unusual staircase to the bell tower. Second, No.5 Vicars’ Hill is also in the tour visit. Its importance lies in holding records for the Cathedral and Armagh Diocese in its octagonal rooms.
Things to See
Many collections can be found there too: ancient coins, significant prints, early Christian artefacts, and gems. The last station is Armagh Public Library and this part of the tour is led by the Assistant Keeper. There are lots of things to do there like viewing the 1835 Ordnance Survey Maps, which shows how towns or villages in Ireland looked over time. This tour may take at least two and a half hours. The Cathedral administration also allows the organization of concerts, recitals and other musical events.
St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral
There are two St. Patrick cathedrals in Armagh other than the one in Dublin and the other one in Trim, County Meath. The Cathedral is famous for its twin spires, which overlook the City from an elevated height. This one is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland was established on a hill. Many architects were involved in the design of the Cathedral. That’s why the change in architectural style is evident in the exterior where you can see a variation in design in the entrance doorways and aisle windows from the rest of the edifice. The interior, on the other hand, changed over the years by order of Vatican II to remove much of the original intricate altars and fittings.
This astonishing place is easily found at College Hill, Armagh. It seeks to promote knowledge and understanding of astronomy and related sciences. Armagh Planetarium offers a unique magical experience. It takes you on a journey in our mesmerizing space at the Digital Theatre where you will learn about the wonders of the Universe. It provides this type of education for all ages. You can also take a virtual tour around the planet and beyond, and discover the myths behind the stars during a night tour at the Digital Theatre. In the exhibition area, interactive displays will teach you more about the cosmos and there you can touch one of the oldest things in the whole world: a 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite.
Things to Check out at Armagh Planetarium
Armagh Planetarium has developed since its official inauguration on 1 May 1968. Extensions have been made ever since, the largest telescope in Ireland was placed for public use. Armagh Planetarium is the first planetarium projecting videos on its dome. At the beautiful natural setting of Armagh Astropark, discover some of the amazing phenomena in the Solar System, the Milky Way, and beyond. You can also take a virtual tour around it, or visit its unique features: the Solar System, the Hyper-Cube, the Hill of Infinity and the Stone Calendar.
So, how about visiting the place that other planetaria around the world followed its steps?
An astronomical research institute in Armagh City. Around 25 astronomers are at the observatory, studying stellar astrophysics, Solar System astronomy, the Sun, and Earth’s climate. It is located adjacent to Armagh Planetarium and in about 14 acres (57,000 m2) of landscaped grounds known as the Armagh Astropark. That amazing place was founded in 1789.
There you will find amazing scale models of the Solar System and the Universe, historic telescopes, two sundials, telescope domes and other outdoor exhibits. The Human Orrery, launched in 2004, is the latest addition to the grounds of Armagh Observatory, which provides a unique investigation of planetary motion.
Don’t hesitate and get a closer look at one of the unique collections of the British Isles, including some collections of scientific instruments and artefacts, the Observatory’s specialist library and archives.
Go directly to 81 Killylea Road, Armagh, Northern Ireland and experience the places where myth and reality meet. visit the legendary Emain Macha, home of the famous Red Branch Knights and Ulster Cycle tales. There, one can get close to the Celtic life. How exciting would it be to such an experience? You can cook Celtic meals, dress up in Celtic costumes, try the heddle loom, prepare for battles, learn Celtic survival skills, and do some willow weaving.
Activities at Navan Centre and Fort
You can also do some indoor and outdoor archaeological activities at the Archaeology Discovery Room to learn how to uncover the history of Navan. Moreover, audio-visual shows are displayed to give you a closer look to the famous mystical characters of the Ulster Cycle of Irish Mythology, such as King Conchobar mac Nessa, Cúchulainn, and Queen Mebh.
There are other activities that make this place more enjoyable. Take a tour around the remaining mounds, banks, and ditches of the archaeological site guided by a map provided for a safe tour. Moreover, when you complete the Navan Fort Trail, you will get a prize at the end.
For children, they will enjoy the face painting like the Celts. Many services and facilities are found there like: Navan Centre Coffee Shop, gift shop, parking, wheelchair access, and Centre for Celtic Spirituality where one can re-discover his/her ancient Christian roots.
The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre
It is an Irish state-of-the art venue and conference centre. The best in arts and entertainment is presented at affordable prices in wonderful surroundings that suit everyone’s taste. Armagh people are not the only ones who are attracted by the programmes and facilities here, those from Craigavon, Banbridge, Newry, Tyrone and down to Cavan, Monaghan, and Dundalk and beyond go too.
For schools, nursery, primary, and post-primary stages, enjoyable programmes are held. They are offered lots of creative learning opportunities through a life theatre show, world-class art exhibition, workshops by professional artists. Exhibitions also are presented in the main gallery and foyer spaces throughout the whole year. They are held in all types of media and there are annual calls for submissions.
The Theatre Brochure is published three times a year, a January to June Season, July & August and a September to December season. You can read in it about the seasonal shows and some special tickets offers for students, groups, disabled patrons and unemployed
Armagh County Museum is the oldest County Museum in Ireland, officially opened in 1937 near St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral. It’s one of the most distinctive buildings in the city for its unique architecture. It holds various collections of stories relating to the people who worked, lived and had connections with the historic county throughout the centuries. You will be introduced to a range of prehistoric artefacts to household items from bygone ages. There are wedding dresses, military uniforms, ceramics, natural history specimens and more. Impressive art collections of well-known Irish artists are there too. You can find the works of John B. Vallely, AE Russell, John Luke and others.
Workshops at Armagh County Museum
Relying on the collections in the museum, various learning programmes for pupils have been designed to meet the requirements of the new NI Curriculum. Workshops are held to explore cultural heritage and discover the relationship between individuals and places. Such activities enables them to explore their identity and place in society. The sessions take place at the Museum and each range from 90 to 120 minutes. There are 3 workshops set now to develop creativity, communication skills, thinking skills and team work: World War II, Playing through Time, and Homes from the Past.
Ireland’s Mountain of Mystery, Slieve Gullion or Sliabh gCuillinn, which means in Irish mountain of the steep slope, is a mountain in the south of County Armagh. It is at an elevation of 573 m (1,880 ft). A prominent role is clear for this mountain in history and mythology like that in the legends of Cúchulainn and Finn McCool. Take a mountain walk exploring the Slieve Gullion Special Area of Conservation and the Ring of Gullion, which is a geological formation and area, officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which centres the mountain.
Slieve Gullion is the highest point in the County. At the summit, a small lake is found and there are two burial cairns. One of them is considered to be the highest surviving passage grave, which is a passage tomb that consists of a narrow passage made of large stones and burial chambers covered in earth or stone.
So Much to See at Slieve Gullion
Slieve Gullion Forest Park offers walking trails, a scenic drive, an Adventure Playpark, Giant’s Lair children’s story trail and Courtyard with coffee shop. The perfect start to a family trip to the Forest Park starts at Adventure Playpark, where children of all ages will be thoroughly entertained. It includes a specially designed toddler’s area, adventure and play equipment for older kids, the “Slieve Gullion ZIP” and even a trim trail for adults.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit such a place that offers a spectacular view atop the mountain.
This is where William Mc Crum invented the penalty kick rule which revolutionized sport forever. William McCrum Park, which was a football pitch long ago, is located in William Street in Milford village in County Armagh. The Park was unveiled in 2010 by former footballer Gerry Armstrong. You will find information panels explaining the story of the penalty kick and the extraordinary model village of Milford which was created by the Mc Crum family, one of Ireland’s leading linen manufacturing dynasties.
Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum
The Museum collection covers the history of five regiments, all of which were raised in Dublin in 1793. As part of the British Army’s response to the Napoleonic War that took the Fusiliers through Europe, South America, Egypt, Canada and West Indies. The Royal Irish Fusiliers—known as the “Faughs” from their Battle Cry “Faugh-a-Ballagh” (i.e., Clear the Way)—served for almost 200 years. The Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum holds both Victoria Crosses won by the Regiment. The Museum offers a platform for talks and workshops for schools and other groups.
The Argory is a 19th-century Victorian mansion with furnishing similar to that of the early 20th century. It was once the home of the MacGeough-Bond family. It has a stable yard with horse carriages, harness room, acetylene gas plant and laundry. You can also take a delightful tour around the mansion gardens and along the woodland and riverside way-marked trails and enjoy the splendid views.
Need a place to relax for the whole family? Ardress House, the 17th-century farmhouse, re-modelled in Georgian times, is your haven. The house is established in the countryside at 64 Ardress Road, Annaghmore, Portadown, County Armagh, with an area of 100 acres. There you will find riverside walks, a charming woodland and beautiful apple orchards. And to revive the spirit of a working farmyard, small animals were put there.
While you are there, embark upon the 18thcentury cottage, Frizzell’s Cottage, and explore the early 19th-century iron fireplace with the hob grate and beaded timber mantle in the west gable wall, the brace beam across the central bay and the jamb wall with spy hole. Also take a walk along the short Lady’s Mile walk, which guides you through a belt of woodland surrounding Ardress.
The historically significant Sloan’s House marks the history of the formation and heritage of the Orange Order. The Orange Order was founded at a meeting held in James Sloan’s House. After the Battle of the Diamond that took place in 1795. The Institution holds an exhibition telling its story of the early days. Along with a replica parlor scene, which gives visitors a glimpse into that time. The Museum also plays an educational role, where the Museum Outreach program for the Museums of Orange Heritage offers lessons to schools, community groups and historical societies. Lectures are delivered as well on Orange History.
Dan Winter’s Cottage and Ancestral Home
It’s a farmhouse dating back to early 18th century and was restored in 2000. Along the years, the cottage has been maintained by the Winter Family. You will find relics from the Battle of the Diamond and old farming and dairy artefacts displayed. This cottage is probably one of the last ones to be built with Irish Oak. This was discovered after dating the original timber used to build the cottage.
The Winter ancestral home in the farmyard was the birthplace of the Orangemen. There you will find old muskets and other interesting artefacts. The other farm buildings now holds vintage farming artefacts and machinery. The garden was also restored. And you can have a cup of tea and other refreshments at the tea room that opened in 2008.
You can never get bored in Armagh. There are always tons of stuff to do. Many events are consistently organized in County Armagh. Some are free and some are paid. So, you can enjoy your time by either going to exhibitions, festivals, getting to know the Armagh heritage, listening to music, admiring the arts and theatre, or communing with the mesmerizing nature.
One of the biggest events organized by Armagh Athletic Club as part of the International Sport and Cultural week. Hundreds of local athletes from all over the UK and Ireland participate in this event. As well as athletes from all over the world, from Russia, America, Africa and Europe.
Saint Patrick’s Festival (10th – 20th March):
Armagh proudly celebrates St. Patrick, who founded the first stone church in Ireland at the location of the current Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral. The Festival includes events taking place across Armagh and Downpatrick, suitable for all ages. So enjoy the drama, tours, walks, art, traditional and classical music, and comedy with your family and friends.
Tommy Makem International Festival of Song (28th, 29th, 30th April):
Held in honor of Tommy Makem, the internationally celebrated Irish folk musician, artist, poet and storyteller, this Festival gathers lovers of music from all over the world. It aims at getting people to further understand the dynamics of the song tradition. As well as how it’s the core on cultures all over the world.
Apple Blossom Festival (May):
The Apple Blossom Festival is held every year in May at the Manor Estate and County Park, Loughgall. It celebrates the full blooming white and pink blossom of Bramley apples covering every hillside in County Armagh in early May. The beautiful, high-quality Armagh Bramley Apple was awarded the Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) status in 2012. A fun cooking of the famous apple takes place in the event.
John Hewitt International Summer School (July):
Taking place in the lovely surroundings of the Marketplace theatre and Arts Centre in Armagh. The event adopts a certain theme each year. It provides a safe space to experience a wide range of activities. From creative writing workshops, readings and discussion to music, drama and visual arts.
Georgian Fanfare (25th November):
Explore the history and language of fans in Georgian times and make your own fan at the workshop with the guidance of an experienced tutor.
Road Bowls (August):
One of the fun events held in Armagh. Road bowlers throw an 800-gm cast-iron sphere resembling a small cannonball—so much fun. Fans in Armagh call it a ‘bullet’. However, in County Cork it’s called a ‘bowl’.
Charles Wood Summer School (August):
The Summer School commemorates Charles Wood, the famous musician and composer who was born in Armagh in 1866. It celebrates his rich legacy of over 250 musical works.
7 Hills Blues Fest (August):
Experience musical therapy suitable for all ages at this event, which is held annually. Be there for top-class international acts from various destinations.
The Bard of Armagh Festival (November):
The Bard of Armagh Festival of Humorous Verse provides performers a platform to entertain sell-out audiences with funny and satirical poems and stories. A festival spokesman says,
“Over the years there was an exuberance and a high energy that kept things going, and this was thanks to some of the great performers and their memorable verses”.
William Kennedy Piping Festival (November):
The Festival is organised by Armagh Pipers club as part of “Armagh Together.” A year-long initiative proposed by Armagh City and District Council. It is held in honour of William Kennedy, the uilleann piper and pipemaker of the 18th century.
Winter Solstice Festival (December):
Celebrating the arrival of the Winter Solstice, enjoy the various events of the Winter Solstice Festival. Enjoy the morning meditation in a nurturing space to unwind from all the stresses of the Christmas rush. Make your own special piece of traditional Christmas craft at the Willow Wreath Workshop. Children can create straw craft decorations while learning the history and traditions of straw craft in Ireland at the Children’s Christmas Crafts Workshop.
Armagh’s Georgian Courthouse holds this unique event in which the rigid Georgian legal system is revived through comedy trial acts. You can even participate as a part of the jury yourself.
Take your children to the Halloween Craft & Games Club at the Palace Stables and see the artists they become. It’s a great chance to enjoy the Halloween school holidays where they can create Halloween crafts themselves.
A Mid-Winter Tale (December):
A Celtic-themed celebration of the arrival of Mid-Winter and the Winter Solstice—the shortest and darkest day of the year. The event is for children over 6 years.
There are many other events that will keep your visit pretty much occupied and enjoyable.
Armagh is full of adventurous activities you will enjoy.
- Kernan Aviation: Enjoy a leisure flight experience around the North, South, East and West coast of Ireland. at the approved flying school based close to Tandragee.
- Fishing & angling: Armagh is full of lakes and rivers for fishing enthusiasts.
- Hugglebugs: It’s the largest indoor play area, based in the heart of Armagh City, suitable for children up to 10 years. It has ball pools, 3 slides, zip lines and much more!
- Gosford Karting: Separate karts are provided for children, adults and Grand Prix to enjoy racing.
- Brian Russell Fly Fishing: Top guiding service for fly fishing in counties Armagh, Antrim and Down. All you need is to contact Brian and he will arrange all from transport to accommodation to make your fishing trip in Ireland an enjoyable one that exceeds your expectations.
Further activities are available at other places like: Orchard Leisure Centre, Tandragee Golf Club, Loughgall Country Park and Golf Course, Hillview Lodge Golf Driving Range, County Armagh Golf Club, Phils Farm, Lurgaboy Adventure Centre, and Armagh City Centre Public Art Trail.
How to Get to Armagh
Moving around the County is comfortable for everyone when using different ways and it will be for the future means too. One can travel through County Armagh by two major high ways. The M1 linking Belfast to Dungannon crosses the north of the county. The A1/N1 from Belfast to Dublin runs in the far south-east. It has also several local roads connecting settlements in the county. Today only Newry (Bessbrook), Portadown, Poyntzpass, Scarva and Lurgan are served by rail.
For bus service, the most extensive public transport system within the county is provided, and that includes frequent bus transfers daily from most towns to Belfast. Northern Ireland Railways provides connections to Belfast in little over forty minutes. And Dublin in little over an hour, several times daily.
There are also some plans in the future for a railway re-opening from Portadown railway station to Armagh railway station.
Once you have visited County Armagh with all the marvellous places there, you will definitely want to come back.
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