Discover St Patrick’s Lasting Legacy in Armagh

February 23, 2017

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Mags

Saint Patrick’s legacy is evident in Northern Ireland’s many historic buildings and Christian heritage sites.  For a modern-day pilgrimage, a visit to Armagh is a must. Known as the Ecclesiastical Capital, this twin cathedral city is the perfect destination to walk in the footsteps that Saint Patrick trod centuries before.

Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh

St Patrick Church of Ireland Cathedral 4* St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral - where Saint Patrick built his first ‘Great Stone Church’ and where he proclaimed this church as the premier church in Ireland – offers guided tours where visitors can hear first-hand about the unbroken line of Bishops since Saint Patrick in 445 AD, and visit the burial site of Ireland’s High King, Brian Boru. No 5 Vicars’ Hill Vicar's Hill, Armagh Built in 1772 as the Diocesan Registry to hold records for the Church of Ireland Diocese, 4* No. 5 Vicar’s Hill is a Grade A listed building that has been restored and, while the records are no longer retained in the building, some examples are on display, including the impressive art and coin collections of Archbishops Robinson and Beresford. Built in 1772 as the Diocesan Registry to hold records for the Church of Ireland Diocese, 4* No. 5 Vicar’s Hill is a Grade A listed building that has been restored and, while the records are no longer retained in the building, some examples are on display, including the impressive art and coin collections of Archbishops Robinson and Beresford. Next door, visitors can relax with a coffee at No 4 Vicars’ Hill - one of many cafes and restaurants in Armagh serving up delicious, local produce – before the short walk to 4* Armagh Public Library, the oldest library in Northern Ireland.

Armagh Public Library

Armagh Public Library Founded in 1771 by Archbishop Richard Robinson, collections at the library include local history, church history as well as a copy of Benjamin Motte’s first edition of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, dating back to 1726. St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral Armagh Roman Catholic Cathedral

Impressively perched on an elevated site, it was on this hill on 17th March 1840, that Archbishop Crolly laid the foundation stone for Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. Two large marble archbishops who gaze across the city flank the cathedral.

Extend your stay

With so much more to see and do in the city, take time some time to visit more of the city’s top attractions including the Armagh County Museum, Armagh Planetarium and Observatory, Armagh Place Demesne, and the Navan Centre and Fort – one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites.

Armagh might be Northern Ireland’s smallest city, but it’s certainly big on history and culture. Extend your stay with a weekend or midweek break in the city.

For more details, visit discovernorthernireland.com

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