What you need to know before traveling to County Armagh

County Armagh is one of the six counties that make up Northern Ireland, also called Ulster, and is part of the United Kingdom. It lies on the border with the Republic of Ireland. Armagh is remarkably green, thanks to plenty of rain. As one of the western counties of Northern Ireland, it is somewhat off the beaten path. For that reason people come to budget hotels in County Armagh because they enjoy the rural atmosphere and the absence of crowds.

The principal community in County Armagh is the city of Armagh. It is one of Ireland’s oldest cities, dating back to the time of St. Patrick. There are two cathedrals, both called St. Patrick’s. The Catholic St. Patrick’s is a 19th century Neo-Gothic structure, famous for the arcade of statues over then doorway. The Protestant St. Patrick’s dates back to medieval times, and claims to have the bones of the Irish warrior king, Brian Boru. Around Armagh’s beautiful tree-lined Mall are elegant Georgian buildings. One of them houses the Armagh County Museum. Here, and at a heritage center called St. Patrick’s Trian, you can learn the history of the city and the county. The Trian also has a “Land of Lilliput” fantasy center for children. Go to the Observatory Ground on College Hill for some wonderful views of the city. Just outside Armagh is Navan Fort, site of a legendary capital of Ulster.

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