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Ardress House

Ardress House is a 17th century farmhouse with 18th century additions to the front. The drawing room has superb neoclassical plasterwork with great paintings and furniture. There is a cobbled farmyard with livestock, and also accessible are woodland walks, a garden and playground.

Location: near Portadown

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Armagh County Museum

Armagh County Museum is one of Ireland's finest small museums providing a rich source of information on both Armagh county and city. It has a superb art gallery and library, and extensive collection of historical maps, period costumes, textiles, toys, railways as well as natural history and archaeological exhibits.

Location: Armagh City

Armagh Science Centre

The Armagh Science Centre consists of the famous Armagh Planetarium, Observatory, Star Theatre and Eartharium all set in a 25 acre AstroPark. There is an excellent exhibition centre and audio-visual shows providing the latest astronomical news and developments. The Planetarium houses the largest public telescope in the whole of Ireland, and the observatory dates from the 16th century.

Location: Armagh City

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Lough Neagh Discovery Centre

Lough Neagh, the largest fresh water lake in the British Isles, is surrounded by many parks and nature reserves. Lough Neagh is recognized as an area of international scientific importance due to its many diverse range of plants, animals and bird life; it and the surrounding reserves have been declared as National Nature Reserves. The Discovery Centre provides excellent exhibitions and audio-visual shows that gives the background to Lough Neagh's most interesting wildlife and history. The centre is located within Oxford Island National Nature Reserve which has a number of interesting walking trails and hides for bird watchers. Tours of Lough Neagh are also available.

Location: Oxford Island Nature Reserve, near Craigavon

Navan Fort & Centre

Navan was the ancient seat of the Kings of Ulster and the capital of Ulster from 660 BC until 330 AD; it was also the stronghold of the Red Branch Knights. Navan, which has over 7500 years of history, comprises a system of earthworks, settlement sites and sacred spots. Navan Centre provides excellent exhibition and audio-visual shows that cover Celtic culture, rituals and beliefs as well as historical and archaeological information related to this fascinating ancient place.

Location: The Navan Centre, near Armagh City

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Peatlands Park

Peatlands Park, named after its peat faces, is part of the Lough Neagh basin. It has excellent areas of woodland and virgin bogland, a nature reserve, number of small lakes and interesting walking trails. In the visitors centre there is an exhibition on peat ecology.

Location: Dungannon

Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Slieve Gullion Forest Park provides a scenic 8 mile drive around Slieve Gullion mountain. There are walking trails leading to the mountain's summit which give stunning views of the Ring of Gullion, Cooley Mountains and the Mourne Mountains.

Location: near Newry

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St. Patrick Cathedrals

Armagh was designated by St. Patrick as the ecclesiastical centre of Ireland. There are two superb (rival) cathedrals in the city, both dedicated to St. Patrick. St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic), completed in 1873, is set on a hill top and has a 19th century Gothic style architecture with an interior consisting of red Armagh marble, mosaic and many paintings. St. Patrick's Cathedral (Anglican Protestant) is a 19th century restoration of a 13th century building designed by Archbishop O'Scanlon; the site is considered by tradition to be where St. Patrick constructed the original church in 445; Brian Boru the High King of Ireland, who drove the Norsemen out of Ireland in 1014, is reputedly buried in the churchyard.

Location: Armagh City

St. Patrick's Trian

St. Patrick's Trian is based in three listed buildings in Armagh city reflecting the historic division of the city into three main districts. Provided are exhibitions, audio-visual shows, art galleries and craft shops all focusing on the history of Armagh such as the arrival of St. Patrick to Armagh and the Viking invasions. Also provided are details of Jonathan Swift's association with Armagh and the writing of his famous book 'Gulliver's Travels'.

Location: Armagh City

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The Argory

The Argory is a a neoclassical house dating back to the 1820s. It sits in a large wooded estate overlooking the Blackwater river. The house has maintained its original contents and structure, including its own, now rare acetylene gas plant which is used to light gas lamps in the house. It has a pretty, early Victorian sundial garden and there are many fine walks in the woodland surrounding the house.

Location: near Moy

The Palace Stables Heritage Centre

The Palace Stables Heritage Centre is housed in the Georgian stables and courtyard of the original Church of Ireland Archbishop's Palace built by Archbishop Robinson in 1770. It has beautiful gardens and the ruins of an old Fransciscan Friary church. In the Heritage Centre there is an exhibition showing a day in the life of the Archbishop's Palace in late 18th century.

Location: The Palace Demesne, Armagh

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