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Navan Fort / Emain Macha

Just 2 miles (3.4km) west of Armagh city, Navan Fort is a large circular earthworks structure that is believed to have been an important site for Ireland's high kings as far back as 2,500 years ago. Surrounding a drumlin with an internal diameter of around 240 metres, Navan Fort resembles the better-known ancient mound at Newgrange. Despite its name, the site has no connection with the town of Navan in County Meath. The name Navan in this case derives from the site's original Gaelic name, Emain Macha (Ay-vawn Mack-a), thought to mean "the twins of Macha" (in Irish mythology, Macha was a goddess of war). Also deceptive is the word "fort”: the mound structure's low layout, and finds at the site, suggests it was more ceremonial than defensive.

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Armagh Palace Demesne / Palace Stables

These stately Georgian era buildings in Armagh City once housed the royal stables. The renovated stables form the focal point of the Armagh Palace Demesne, a beautiful public parkland which gets its name from one of its other attractions -- the impressive building that was once the Archbishop's Palace.

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Armagh Planetarium

The Armagh Planetarium showcases a wide range of exhibits and observation opportunities that combine to unravel some of the mysteries of the heavens and chronicle the history of modern space travel.

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Brackagh Moss Bog / Nature Reserve

 A popular walking trail, nature lovers will be amazed at the unique wilderness of Brackagh Moss Nature Reserve in County Armagh. Also known as Brackagh Bog, turf had been cut for more this area for more than three centuries, although it is now derelict. These days, nearly all of the top turf is gone, exposing layers of ancient, dark peat. This create a labyrinth of streams and drainage ponds. Even more astounding is the variety of strange and rare plant and animal life that thrives here.

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St. Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Armagh

Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral is an imposing site, perched on the hilltop in Armagh and dominating its skyline. It is one of two Saint Patrick's Cathedrals in Armagh, the other being the Protestant (Church of Ireland) Cathedral. The church was begun in 1840, but because of the intervening famine years, not completed until 1873.

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Armagh County Museum

Armagh County Museum is a treasury of local history and art that uniquely reflects the character of the region known as the "Orchard County". The museum features many permanent as well as travelling exhibits. Built in 1834, the building was first used as a school.  Some years later, it was occupied by the Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Society. Many of the items included in the museum's current exhibits were passed down from the Society when the museum opened its doors in 1937.

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Lough Neagh

Lough Neagh is the largest lake of fresh water in the islands of the UK/Ireland. The waterway is an integral part of the area's economic development, providing income for the locals and recreational opportunities for visitors. The Lough Neagh Discovery Centre schedules guided tours and nature walks, as well as bird watching sessions. It features an excellent café and craft shops that sell creations of local artists. The Lough Neagh Discovery Centre is located on Oxford Island, which is really a peninsula, on the southern shore.

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St. Patrick's Anglican Cathedral, Armagh

Saint Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral is a modest, Gothic style building, with a low, fortified-looking tower, that lies near the centre of the Armagh city. In 445, St. Patrick reportedly erected the original building that occupied the site of the present Cathedral.  The present church dates to the early 19th century, although some of the statues hark back to pre-Christian times and reflect the beliefs and customs of that era. The church has been destroyed and rebuilt 17 times.

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Armagh City

The city of Armagh is one of Ireland's oldest, and is widely recognized as the country's original religious capital. Armagh remains the archdiocesan seat of both the Roman Catholic and Protestant (Church of Ireland) faiths. Historically and officially a city, Armagh would be considered a medium-sized town when compared with other urban areas in Ireland. The life of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is deeply entwined in the early history of Armagh. The city's birth occurred during the saint's lifetime; he spent much of his time there; and Armagh's two large cathedrals bear his name. Today, Armagh retains retains the best of its medieval design, architecture, and charm.

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