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    Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

    Stepping into this excellent planetarium is like entering another world… prepare to be wowed by meteorites, star-shows and an outdoor Astropark
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    County Armagh
    Culture & Heritage
    50 mins from Belfast International Airport
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    The island of Ireland has become something of a stargazers’ hotspot over the last few years thanks to one dark sky park in Kerry and two dark sky reserves in Mayo and Tyrone.

    But as well as taking in the natural beauty of the night sky, there are also some great places where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the stars at any time of the day. One of the best is the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium. Opened in 1968, this excellent state-of-the-art space is equipped with a high-end digital projector system that gives you an immersive experience beneath a huge dome.

    Once you’ve wowed yourself with that, you can go on to touch a meteorite, spin the clouds of Neptune, and learn about the history of astronomy in the exhibition area. The planetarium isn’t all about the indoors, though. Head outside and you can enjoy a beautiful natural setting that is home to an Astropark featuring a scale model of the universe, a Hypercube, a Hill of Infinity and a Stone Calendar. Finish up by appreciating the natural beauty of the Earth with a stroll through the wildflower meadow, which changes through the seasons and ends with a panoramic view of the Armagh city skyline.

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    Outside the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

    Need to know

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    The best way to visit is to book a Dome Show Ticket which includes entry to the planetarium, a Dome Show of your choosing and entry to the grounds.

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    There is a visitor car park within the grounds of the planetarium.

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    The public areas of the planetarium are fully wheelchair accessible; at the Armagh Observatory, wheelchairs can be accommodated with some exceptions.

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    Armagh County Museum

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    Armagh Robinson Library

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    St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral

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    St Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic)

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    Gosford Forest Park

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    Armagh City Hotel

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    Lough Neagh Discovery and Conference Centre

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    The Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum

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    Armagh Franciscan Friary

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    Armagh Ancestry

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