Holiday Homes in County Armagh
County Armagh is a county in Ulster. It is the smallest of the six counties that form Northern Ireland. County Armagh is known as the Orchard County because the land is so fertile for apple-growing. Its main town is Armagh, in the middle of the county, although Lurgan and Portadown, in the north of the county, each have larger populations
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The city of Armagh, known as the “ecclesiastical capital” of Ireland it is the centre of Christianity in Ireland. There are two cathedrals in the city, both dedicated to St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. One is the Church of Ireland Cathedral, the seat of the Anglican archbishop, the primate of the Church of Ireland.
St. Patrick is believed to have founded a church on this site in the fifth century AD, but the present building is mainly a result of thirteenth and nineteenth century re-building, as the church has frequently been destroyed or fallen into decay during the turbulent history of the region. The Roman Catholic Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Primate of All Ireland and was constructed in the Victorian-era. Craigavon, Portadown, Lurgan, Tandragee and Loughgall are also significant towns in County Armagh.
Oxford Island Nature Reserve
Oxford Island National Nature Reserve is both a haven for wildlife and a popular visitor attraction on the southern shores of Lough Neagh. It is home to a vast range of birds, plants and animals throughout the year,and is a great place to see both summer and winter bird life. The nature reserve gives visitors the chance to explore a diverse range of habitats, from woodlands to reedbeds, by a series of well connected pathways, most of which are suitable for wheelchairs.
It’s 5 birdwatching hides with dramatic views across Lough Neagh and are ideal places to see the local wodlfowl in action. The focal point of Oxford Island is the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, which houses an award winning exhibition on Lough Neagh. Here the visitor can learn about the wildlife and history of the area througha series of interactive displays, panels and exhibits.
The centre is also home to the popular “Loughside Cafe”, which looks out over the Lough and its surrounding countryside, and a well stocked craft shop that caters for a range of tastes and pockets. Whether you want to simply enjoy the wildlife and scenery, or take part in one of our activities, you can be sure your visit to Oxford Island will be a memorable and enjoyable one
Palace Stables Heritage Centre
The Palace Stables Heritage centre is a wonderfully restored 18th Century Stable Block, formerly part of the estate belonging to the Archbishop’s of Armagh right up until the 1970’s. This fabulous visitor centre once was a bustle of servants, horses and carriages back in the latter part of the 18th century.
Now you, the visitor, have the opportunity to relive what life was like back in the year 1786. Guided tours for groups. Restaurant, playground, car park and coach park, disabled toilets, toilets, shopping, picnic area, walking trails, Eco trail, education facilities, Living History presentations and events.
The Centre is located on the Palace Demesne situated next to the impressive Primate’s Palace, formerly the home of Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 until the 1970s. The Centre is open freely all year round.
Armagh Planetarium reopened in the summer of 2006 following a major refurbishment programme funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. The Digital Theatre has been completely refurbished with the world’s most advanced digital projection system, Digistar 3.
A customised sound system designed by BOSE, a state-of-the-art LED lighting system and purpose-built reclining seats have also been added to enhance the visitor’s experience. As part of the renovation project major changes have taken place in the Digital Theatre.
A fantastic new Evans & Sutherland Digistar 3 multi-channel theatre system is at the centre of the renovation project which will treat audiences to a full-colour 3D experience projected over the entire dome. Armagh Planetarium is the only site in Ireland to boast this amazing technology.
You will travel to the International Space Station, outwards to Mars in our 3D stereo room and the new immersive gallery can project stereoscopic animations of Solar System exploration. Visitors can use interactive displays to learn about the cosmos and watch the latest space news in real time.
The Armagh Celestial Cathedral is a beautiful gallery of illuminated deep space images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope framed in dramatic gothic arches. The Astropark is a scale model of the Universe where visitors can walk through the Solar System and into the Milky Way and beyond.