Navan Fort

Northern Ireland Environment Agency owned property
To the west of Armagh City lies Navan Fort, the ancient “Emain Macha” of Irish history and legend and one of the earliest provincial capital of Ulster. It is a large earthwork on top of a drumlin and is thought to be the site of a pagan sanctuary.

In early Irish mythological tales, Emain was the HQ of the Red Branch knights. It is one of a small number of sites identified as a prehistoric provincial capital in early sources. The others are Tara, Knockaulin and Cruachan.

There is a woodland walk at the base of the hill which is suitable for wheelchair users. However, Navan itself has grassy slopes unsuited for wheelchair users and those with difficulty walking.

No unaccompanied children under the age of 16.

To learn more about one of Ireland's most important ancient monuments visit the adjoining Navan Centre.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

There is open access to Navan Fort all year round.


Admission free.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Armagh Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

2 miles (3.2km) west of Armagh, north of the A28 to Killylea. The Navan Centre on the A28 is well signposted, has a large car park and a path leads north to the monument.

Access can also be gained by turning off the A28 to Navan Fort Road and there is a lay-by at the monument.
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Toilets
  • Picnic Area
  • Parking Available
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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Contact Details

81 Killylea Road
Co Armagh
BT60 4LD

Tel: (028) 9082 3214
Alt: (028) 9082 3103