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All aboard for Armagh's packed Summer programme of events

24 July

School may be out, but Armagh is definitely ‘in’ as THE place to visit this Summer.


Three new tours have been created to complement Armagh’s existing award-winning attractions, plus a new discount booklet means that visitors to the city and the surrounding areas will get even more value for money.

As part of a hectic programme of summer events and activities, from 24th July until 12th September, locals and tourists alike will get the chance to avail of two guided tours taking place on Thursdays to Sundays. As the Ecclesiastical Capital of Ireland, there are many fascinating sites to be found in Armagh. For those who want to explore everything the city has to offer, a Guided City Walking Tour is a must. On the tour you will hear anecdotes about the area and unearth some of the city’s hidden gems along the way. Visitors can also have an exclusive look in and around one of Armagh’s finest buildings with Guided Palace Demesne Tours also taking place.

From 1st August, Armagh’s famous Gaol will also be opening its doors each Friday and Saturday to offer everyone a trip back in time through the landmark building’s history.

Guided Tours of Armagh City and The Palace Demesne cost £3 and can be booked online at or by calling Armagh Visitor Information Centre on (028) 3752 1800.  Guided Tours of Armagh Gaol can be booked online at  or by calling (028) 9035 7527.

Visitors can now also get even more value for money with a specially-produced Armagh Pass visitor discount booklet offering the best deals on over 40 attractions, restaurants and shops in the area – and with some of Armagh’s attractions recently winning major awards, this Summer looks set to be one of the busiest ever.

Emain Macha - Navan Centre & Fort was recently crowned NI4kids Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, as voted for by the public, while Loughgall Country Park scooped top prize in the prestigious Netmums Outdoor Play Awards.  The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre also recently achieved The Government Standard Charter Mark for Customer Service Excellence.

This Summer visitors to the city can also avail of a free hop-on/hop-off bus service which will run from 9am - 5pm on Wednesdays to Saturdays; the service will call at over ten of Armagh’s key attractions and hidden gems, helping tourists make the most of their visit to the city.

For further information please contact Armagh Visitor Information Centre or visit

Places To Visit

Armagh Planetarium, Armagh

Armagh Planetarium is quite simply “out of this world”. Watch an amazing Digital Theatre show where you can relax and experience our planet and beyond. During your visit why not design, build and launch your own rocket?

St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh

Saint Patrick founded his chief church here on the Hill of Armagh in 445AD, and there has been a Christian church on the site ever since. The present building dates from the 13th Century and was last restored in 1834.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic), Armagh

This imposing cathedral, on an elevated site, was started in 1840, but work was suspended during the Great Famine of 1845-48 and recommenced in 1854 when J. J. McCarthy was appointed architect. It was dedicated for worship in 1873.

The Navan Centre, Armagh

The Navan Centre interprets one of Ireland’s most important ancient monuments, Navan Fort, the ancient capital and seat of the Kings of Ulster.

No 5 Vicars' Hill, Armagh

Built in 1772 as the Diocesan Registry to hold records for the Church of Ireland Diocese, this Grade A listed building has been restored and was formally opened to the public in March 2011. Fully accessible. Interactive displays for all ages.

Armagh Guided Tours,

Armagh Guided Tours was set in the year 2000 ago by Barbara Ferguson, a local person born and bred in the County of Armagh.

The business has expanded and we now have three local guides.

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