• Mon10:00 - 16:00
    • Tue10:00 - 16:00
    • Wed10:00 - 16:00
    • Thu10:00 - 16:00Closed
    • Fri10:00 - 16:00
    • Sat10:00 - 16:00
    • Sun10:00 - 16:00

Navan Centre & Fort

The Navan Fort is a large, circular earthwork two miles west of Armagh city. It stands on a hill of glacial clay over limestone, and though from a distance this hill is not particularly prominent, from the top the view on a clear day is more than impressive.
The view takes in the Sperrin Mountains in neighbouring Tyrone, Slieve Gullion in South Armagh and Slemish. To the east is Armagh city itself, with its easily recognisable hilltop cathedrals guarding the city. It’s easy to understand why this setting was chosen as the ring fort home of Emain Macha.
Renowned as the origin of the ancient city and one of the earliest provincial capitals of Ulster, the circular ruin on top of a hill, is thought to be the site of a pagan sanctuary dating back to circa 500 bc and still holds an annual solstice gathering.
As one of Irelands most famous and important archaeological sites, Navan fort home of the famous Red Branch Knights and Ulster Cycle of tales is a place where myth and reality meets.
The neighbouring Navan Visitors Centre offers a unique appreciation of the history of the area, educating patrons on the mystical and mythical characters of Navan like Cu Chulainn and King Conor McNessa. Other things to enjoy in the centre:
* Fun and interactive way families and individuals can, walk and talk with heroes of these tales through our living history interpretation.
* Multi-lingual exhibitions with interpretation in French, German, Spanish & Italian.
* Experience the remaining mounds, ditches and banks of Emain Macha otherwise known as Navan Fort.
* Learn about the massive circular ritual temple built by this majestic warrior clan. Walking tours will help piece together myth and reality.
* Relax in the restaurant – tempting your taste buds with traditional food and Starbucks coffee
Christmas Closure. The Navan Centre & Fort will be closed from Saturday 24th December to Sunday 1st January inclusive. Centre re-opens again on Monday 2nd January 2017

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