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Markethill Holiday Homes Armagh

Markethill Holiday Homes Armagh

Markethill is a village in County Armagh located between Armagh City and Newry. A livestock market is held here three times a week

The village of Markethill was founded by a Scottish family, the Achesons of Gosford , Haddingtonshire (East Lothian), who received a grant of 1,000 acres from King James I in 1610.

Gosford Castle is situated in Markethill. Construction of Gosford castle began in 1819 and finished in the 1850s. It was commissioned by Archibald Acheson, 2nd Earl of Gosford and the architect was Thomas Hopper, one of the leading London architects of the first half of the 19th century. The Ministry of Agriculture bought the estate in 1958, establishing Gosford Forest Park.

This park comprises some 240 hectares of diverse woodland and open parkland set in gentle rolling drumlin countryside. It was designated the first conservation forest in Northern Ireland in 1986. It is open every day of the year from 10.00 a.m. until sunset.

Attractions in County Armagh include Oxford Island and Palace Stables.

Facilities available include a camping and caravanning site, picnic and barbecue areas, tea House and shop, way-marked trails, horse-riding routes and orienteering routes.

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