1. Follow in the footsteps of St Patrick
When you approach Armagh, you'll notice its most distinctive landmarks right away. From opposite hills, two striking cathedrals face each other across a valley, both honouring St Patrick.
St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral has looked out over the city for hundreds of years. Built on the hill known as Ard Macha, from which Armagh gets its name, this is where St Patrick is reputed to have built his first church in 445AD. It's also where Brian Ború, one of the ancient high kings of Ireland, is supposedly buried.
Across the city, the pale limestone walls of St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral rise on the neighbouring mound. Walk up the seven flights of stairs and marvel at the statues and figures that surround the main doorway of this superb building.
2. Close encounters with outer space
Get up close and personal with an interstellar object – at the Armagh Planetarium, you'll find the largest meteorite to ever crash land in Ireland. The space rock, weighing about 24 stone (152kg), is estimated to be about 4.5 billion years old. Extraordinarily, you're even allowed to touch it. Place your hand on its smooth surface, and you can literally wish upon a star.
The Planetarium also features incredible light-shows that bring the night sky to life, as well as rocket-building workshops for kids and interactive exhibits on space travel, satellites and cosmic balloons...