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On the trail of Saint Patrick

History and heritage, legends and legacies – Northern Ireland is teeming with famous spiritual tales. But few are as renowned as that of Saint Patrick.

The patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick is one of Christianity’s most revered figures. Traces of his legacy can be seen throughout Northern Ireland – but especially in Armagh and Down.

In both of these counties, there are numerous ancient landmarks and sacred monuments that have ties to the cherished Saint.

Today, over a 92-mile driving route, you can uncover these precious treasures for yourself. See statues, resting places and religious sites. Delve into museums, historical accounts and medieval scribes. And enjoy it all, nestled among the beauty and ancestral allure of Armagh and Down.

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Visit Saint Patrick’s Grave at Down Cathedral

See the world’s largest statue of the Saint at the top of Slieve Patrick

Make a pilgrimage to Slemish Mountain, where Saint Patrick was enslaved in the fifth century

View the Order of Saint Patrick Robe at Bagenal’s Castle in Newry

Along the way, stop by Strangford Lough to try some watersports

Visit The Saint Patrick Centre to see the progress of Christianity in Ireland

See early Christian objects in Down County Museum

Learn about the early Christian era at North Down Museum

Explore the City of Armagh – Ireland’s 1500-year-old spiritual capital

Stop by Armagh Public Library and Armagh County Museum

Delve into history at Saint Patrick’s Trian Visitor Centre

Visit Saul Church – built to commemorate Saint Patrick’s first church in Ireland

Peruse the medieval scribes at the ruined Cistercian Inch Abbey

Visit the holy waters of Struell Wells, so known for their healing powers

Relax in the glorious surrounds of Grey Abbey

Enjoy the views from the island home of Nendrum Monastery

Explore Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral and Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Armagh

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