Armagh Cider Company
Northern Ireland - Embrace a Giant Spirit
From bountiful orchards to exquisite houses and gardens, you will find it all in Armagh and Down. Here are some of our giant experiences for you to try.
Bed down for the night
- Narrow Water Castle. Live like a king, in this self catering apartment situated inside the original part of the castle, located just outside Newry.
- Killeavy Castle Estate. Stay in new modern hotel rooms, on this secluded, 350- acre estate at the foot of Slieve Gullion.
Eat and Drink
- Pay a visit to The Hole in the Wall Bar in Armagh, a former gaol where loved ones would pass food and letters to prisoners through a hole in the wall, hence the name. Pop in for great live music and an excellent food menu- the perfect place to grab a drink and a chat.
- The award-winning Uluru Bar and Grill in Armagh brings the BBQ indoors with their special Josper grill and is the perfect casual dining experience, with a menu that combines authentic cooking with an Australian twist.
- Take a tour of the Killowen Distillery, located in the beautiful Mournes where poitín, gin and whiskey are all distilled on-site.
- The Harbour Inn, in the fishing village of Annalong specialises in steak and seafood, and offers guests the most stunning panoramic views as they dine.
Things to do and places to see
- Explore Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Patrick’s COI Cathedral are both well worth a visit due to their historical significance.
- Another interesting visit is the Armagh Robinson Library which holds a copy of the first edition of Gulliver's Travels, complete with notes made by the author Jonathan Swift.
- A must see in the area is Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, a royal residence with beautiful rooms and exquisite gardens bursting with colour.
- Enjoy a tour at Armagh Cider Company and see how cider is made locally using apples from the orchards.
- Pack your hiking boots and blow the cobwebs off with a trek up the Mourne Mountains on a Men of the Mournes tour. Set aside a morning or afternoon to take on this challenge. The views will be well worth the effort.
- Take a stroll around the seaside town of Newcastle. Enjoy an ice-cream on the promenade while enjoying the epic views of the Mourne Mountains, inspiration for CS Lewis' Narnia.
- If stargazing is your thing, then a trip to Armagh Planetarium is a must. Touch the world’s biggest meteorite in Ireland or have an out of this world experience in the Digital Dome Theatre before trying astronaut ice cream.
- Find peace, quiet and tranquility in the aptly-named Silent Valley.
- If you fancy something a bit different on your break, then try a seaweed bath at Soak Seaweed Baths in Newcastle. Known to cleanse and purify your body of toxins, this local seaweed is perfect for a detox. The oils feel great on your skin, so make sure and leave them on to experience the full effect.
You might not be able to squeeze all these suggestions in on your short break - but that just means you'll have to come back and do the rest on your next trip.
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