Armagh, Apples & Steeples
With such a concentration of varied attractions Armagh in the North of Ireland makes an excellent short break choice. A great place to start is the city’s massive apple production and export industry, exploring the orchards and cideries around the city with tours and tastings of its famous fruits. With towering Cathedrals, one linked to St. Patrick himself, the city and its story is a joy to explore. It’s not just the cider production that may make your head spin, the creative food offering here may just overwhelm you.
- 3 nights Half Board in 3* accommodation
- Return ferry crossing
- Guided tour of apple orchard and cider tasting
3* Armagh City Hotel, Armagh (or similar)
• Lift • Bar
• Tea/Coffee facilities
• Coach parking
Upgraded option from £385pp
4* Europa Hotel, Belfast
Suggested Tour Inclusions & Itinerary :
◆ Navan Celtic Centre
◆ F.E William Gallery & Studio
◆ Ferguson’s Irish Linen Factory
◆ St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral
◆ St Patrick’s CoE Cathedral
* Please note that these inclusions are not included in the ‘from’ price. Full package price on request.
Day 1: Ferry crossing form mainland UK to Ireland. Arrive and settle into your hotel base.
Day 2: Morning guided tour of Armagh with stops at both city cathedrals, exploring the story of how they came to be in opposing positions? Continue this afternoon to the Navan Celtic Centre, located just outside the city, for a Navan Fort tour. The visitor attraction reveals the world of Celtic Christianity, there’s even an opportunity to witness how a Celtic Christian wedding would be performed binding both parties together, hence tying the knot!
Day 3: Set out eastwards this morning, perhaps a free stop at F.E. William Gallery & Studio, this past Irish sculptors’ legacy left for one and all to enjoy. Continue to Ferguson’s Irish Linen Factory for a guided tour to see how this intricate craft, renowned the world over, is produced by skilled craftsmen onsite. Armagh’s apple production is on a vast scale and exported throughout the world, if eating a piece of apple pie in the Big Apple the chances are it came from Armagh! Enjoy a tour of the orchards and tasting in the cidery to get the full blossom to bottle experiences.
Day 4: Depart hotel after breakfast. Ferry crossing from Ireland to mainland UK