Attractions for Counties Down & Armagh...
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Ballykeel Portal Tomb is a Neolithic burial site, dated between 4000 and 2500 BC, has a huge capstone, supported on upright stones, over an octagonal burial chamber. It is known as the 'Hag's Chair'.It is located within the Ring of Gullion, an area rich in megalithic sites.
Saint Patrick's Cathedral (church of Ireland)
Saint Patrick founded his main church here on the Hill of Armagh in 445AD. There has been a Christian church on the site ever since. Although the building has been renovated many times, even as recently as 2004, the basic shape of the Cathedral is still as conceived by Archbishop O'Scanlon in the twelfth century. It is a modest building with interesting monuments and an 11th-century carved stone high cross.
Adults £3.00; Concession £2.00; Children and Students FREE. Group Rates: 1-24 people £3.00 per head; 25+ people £2.00 per person.
The melody and words 'Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea' of the popular song written by Percy French in 1896, have made the Mournes the best-known mountains in Ireland. An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Mourne Mountains are the most picturesque in Ireland and were the inspiraton for the writer CS Lewis's magical land of Narnia in his popular children's books the Chronicles of Narnia. In this compact range, 15 miles long and 8 miles wide, only a dozen of the sixty or so individual summits rise above 2,000ft, with Slieve Donard, at 2,796ft, the highest peak in Ulster.
The Mourne Mountains and its surrounding area provide every outdoor activity from hill walking, rock climbing, and mountain boarding to horse riding, fishing and golf. The perfect holiday location for the outdoor enthusiast.
Saul Church is located two miles outside Downpatrick, this church was built in 1932, to commemorate Saint Patrick's first church in Ireland. Close by, on the crest of Slieve Patrick is a huge statue of the saint. Bronze panels illustrate scenes from the life of Ireland's patron saint.
Down Cathedral is a Church of Ireland cathedral. It stands on the site of a Benedictine Monastery, built in 1183. Saint Patrick's remains are buried in the graveyard. Magnificent stain glass windows, box pews and beautiful organ case enhances this interesting building. Souvenir shop and toilet facilities.
A stricking feature of the landscape from land, sea and air, Carrickfergus Castle greets all visitors with its strength and menace. It represents over 800 years of military might. Besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the Castle saw action right up to World War II. Today it is maintained by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and can be enjoyed by visitors wanting to learn more about its history or just looking for a fun day out in a unique setting.
Admission: Adult: £4.00
Child/Senior Citizen: £2.00
Family (2 adults, 2 children): £10.00
Group Rate: 10+ available
(must be booked in advance)
Ardress House is nestled in the apple orchards of County Armagh and offers afternoons of fun and relaxation for everyone.
Built in the 17th century as a farmhouse, Ardress was remodelled in Georgian times and has a character and charm all of its own.
Elegant Neo-classical drawing-room with plasterwork by the Dublin plasterer Michael Stapleton.
• Attractive garden with scenic woodland and riverside walks
• Home to an important collection of farm machinery and tools
• Rich apple orchards
• On display is the 1799 table made for the speaker of the Irish Parliament upon which King George V signed the Constitution of Northern Ireland on 22nd June 1921.
Armagh Observatory is a modern astronomical research institute with a rich heritage, adjacent to the Armagh Planetarium. Founded in 1790 by Church of ireland Archbishop Richard Robinson, as part of an ambitious plan to found a university in the City, the Observatory is one of the UK and Ireland's leading scientific research establishments.
Around 25 astronomers are actively studying Stellar Astrophysics, the Sun, Solar System astronomy, and the Earth's climate here. The Observatory's 14 acres (57,000 m2) of landscaped grounds include sundials and historic telescopes, telescope domes and the Armagh Astropark. The Astropark is a scale model of the Universe, which you can stroll around and discover some of the amazing phenomena in our Solar System, our Galaxy, and beyond.
Children can compare the relative distances and sizes of the rocky inner planets and the gaseous outer planets. Self guided tours.There is limited wheelchair access to the building.
Armagh County Museum is the oldest county museum in Ireland is set in Armagh’s beautiful Georgian tree lined Mall. Its collections capture centuries of stories relating to the people who lived, worked and had connections with this famous city and historic county.
Armagh County Museum's unique classically-influenced architecture makes it one of the most distinctive buildings in the City. Its extensive collections are based on specimens gathered by the Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Society during the nineteenth century.
The exhibitions reveal the rich and varied history of the county with prehistoric artefacts, military costumes, wedding dresses, ceramics, natural history specimens, railway memorabilia and household items from a bygone age. An impressive art collection includes works by many well-known Irish artists.
A range of temporary exhibitions is held throughout the year. An extensive reference library, rich in archive material, along with photographic and map collections is open to visitors by appointment. Wheelchair accessible.
Armagh Franciscan Friary was founded by Archbishop Patrick O’ Scannail in 1263/64. It had prominent patrons in the city and the Franciscans played an important part in the city’s religious life until the Friary was suppressed in 1542 with the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. Some religious life continued, but the buildings were involved in welfare later in the 16th Century and were ruined by 1600. Two empty graves and two tomb recesses near the east end are reminders of the important patrons buried in the Friary Church, including Gormlaith O’Donnell, wife of Domhnail O’Neill in 1353. It is the longest monastery in Ireland. The Friary is located at the south-east edge of Armagh and can be found at the entrance to the Palace Demesne.
St.Patrick's Cathedral is a twin-spired, imposing cathedral, on an elevated site, was started in 1840, but work was suspended during the Irish Famine of 1845-48. Work recommenced in 1854 when J J McCarthy was appointed architect. It was dedicated for worship in 1873 but the magnificent interior decoration was not completed until early in the 20th century. The cathedral was finally consecrated in 1904. Admission: Free
Titanic Belfast® extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way; from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration centre.