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Hillsborough Castle ©Historic Royal Palace

A Royal Tour: Hillsborough Castle & Historic Marvels in Armagh This super new tour makes the most of our base in the historic city of Armagh with guided tours of St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral and Armagh Robinson Library, as well as a visit to the Armagh Cider Company complete with tasting. We also follow in the footsteps of royalty at the cracking Hillsborough Castle and step back in time at the Navan Centre & Fort and Brownlow House. A great tour packed with history and discovery and some tasty treats along the way! PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the Navan Centre and one of Ireland’s most important ancient monuments, the Navan Fort. Our experienced guide divulges some of the significant archaeological discoveries made here and provides an insight into the fort’s links with the city of Armagh and other royal sites in Ireland. As living history characters interpret life over 2,000 years ago, we experience life in an Iron Age dwelling, sample a traditional Celtic welcome of tea and oat cakes, and learn some warrior skills and how to write our names in Ogham. We enjoy a soup and sandwich lunch with tea/coffee here before heading to the historic Hill of Armagh. Our guided tour introduces us to some of the city’s most important historic buildings, including St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral , built on the site of St Patrick’s first stone church, and the 18th century Armagh Robinson Library , home to thousands of rare books, maps and We follow in the footsteps of royalty this morning with a guided tour of Northern Ireland’s royal residence, Hillsborough Castle . As we move through the stunning State Rooms, we learn more about the history of this elegant Georgian home. Outside, we can stretch our legs in the 100 acres of beautiful gardens. We enjoy free time for lunch at the castle before making our way to the family-run Armagh Cider Company for a tour and tasting . We stroll through the orchards, see where the apples are pressed and fermented and step into the bottling plant, progressing to the Cider Barn where the ciders and juices can be sampled. Taste buds tingling, we tuck into tea/coffee and a delicious apple tart with cream . Day 4 Scenic Mourne Mountains Drive, Newcastle & Brownlow House Our day begins with a scenic drive through the majestic Mourne Mountains, the highest mountain range in Northern Ireland with 12 picturesque peaks. We stop in the small seaside resort town of Newcastle to enjoy some time at leisure before continuing to Brownlow House , a fabulous grade A, 19th century country manor house overlooking the scenic Lurgan Park. We tuck into a delightful afternoon tea and embark on a guided tour of the house with its ornate high ceilings, grand spiral staircases and beautiful stained glass windows. As we explore, we can imagine what life was like when it was occupied as a dwelling in years gone by and as a home to US troops during World War II. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home. manuscripts, including the original copy of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. Day 3 Hillsborough Castle & Armagh Cider Company We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Navan Centre & Fort & Armagh

Navan Centre

Brownlow House

Clare says… “I was lucky enough to visit Armagh

recently and what a hidden gem. The Armagh City Hotel is centrally located with excellent large public areas and plenty of on-site coach parking. Its bedrooms have recently been refurbished to a high standard. My visits included the Navan Centre and Fort, an excellent, informative and fun attraction, the St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral and the must-see Armagh Robinson Library. All the buildings we visit in Armagh are very close together, which makes it easy for our groups. Located in a charming village, Hillsborough Castle’s State Rooms and gardens are wonderful with so much interesting history – I definitely want to visit again.”

Armagh City Hotel Armagh, County Armagh

Within easy walking distance of the city’s historical attractions, shops, restaurants and bars, the Armagh City Hotel occupies a slightly elevated position, offering pleasant views over Armagh. The 92 bedrooms are bright and comfortable with neutral décor and modern furnishings. All are equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. With its dark wood panelling, the elegant Friary Restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere and makes use of the finest local produce in its dishes. The hotel’s Callan Bar comes with a laid-back atmosphere, cosy fire and plenty of seating. Excellent leisure facilities include an indoor pool, sauna, steam room & gym. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge 4 Nights Half Board Twin from £499pp Double for Sole Use Supplement from £118 Based on Monday arrivals

Inclusions • Return ferry crossing UK - Northern Ireland • Porterage & welcome tea/coffee • Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner • Guided tour of Navan Centre & Fort with soup & sandwich lunch & tea/coffee • Guided tour of St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral & Armagh Robinson Library • Guided tour of Hillsborough Castle • Guided tour & tasting at Armagh Cider Company & tea/coffee & apple tart • Guided tour of Brownlow House with afternoon tea


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