Northern Ireland is one of the four constituent entries in the United Kingdom. Located on the North Eastern side of the island of Ireland in the province of Ulster, it covers only a sixth of the total island and has a population of 1,685,000 people which is between a quarter and a third of the island's total population. Having such a small area, in fact, it's a country that is just pretending to be small. It's a land of blue mountains and forest park, many lakes, and windswept moors. There are also white Atlantic sands and an inland sea. There are a great amount of historical sites in Northern Ireland such as castles, and the steeples of parish churches are the symbols of both oppression and reassurance. Today, they are among Ulster's finest architectural treasures. The country's rocky past that still resonates today reflects the free loving and the fiery temper of North Ireland and its people. In Northern Ireland, there are the three historic cities of Belfast, Derry, and Armagh. Today, we are only talking about Armagh.
Being one of the historic sites in Northern Ireland, Armagh is spiritual capital of this stunning island and the seat of both the Protestant and Catholic archbishops. It is the most revered city in Ireland. The city is a fine example of Georgian elegance but it has deeper roots in the past. Two miles from the city you can see the great mound of the Navan Fort that was the stronghold of the kings of Ulster from 700BC and the eye witness of many rituals and beliefs of pre-Christian Ireland which is the birthplace of some Irish myths. Armagh offers many things to see and to visit. Being the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, Armagh has two St. Patrick's cathedrals to view. Among the city's attractions there Armagh Country Museum, the Palace Stables Heritage Center, Ardress House, the Argony, Derry More House, and The Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum.
Armagh Country Museum which is Ireland's oldest Country Museum is one of the most distinctive buildings in the city. The exhibitions show the rich and varied history of the country with Military costumes, wedding dresses, ceramics, natural history artifacts, railway memorabilia, and some household items from the past. Armagh Country Museum has an impressive art collection and a wonderful reference library that is rich in archive materials including photography and map collections.
In the heart of Armagh City there is the Palace Stables Heritage Center a restored Georgian stable block in Palace Demense. Located next to the impressive primate's Palace formally the home of the Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 until 1970 and the center offers you a guided tour of the Demense.
History changes into reality when costume interpreters recreate both the magnificent and the squalor and misery of the Georgian Period. Ardress House is the pretty 17th century farmhouse with its 18th century elegant additions that introduce a special character and charm to Armagh. The farmland with its actual farm implements enjoys wide popularity with people of all ages and gives you a chance to get hands on experience. In Northern Ireland, there are also well known apple orchards so you can have a rest and explore Ardress House's and woodlands and river sides.
Built on a hill and having amazing views over the garden and 320 wooded acre river side estate, the Argony is a treasure chest where the clock ticks but time stands still and where nothing is thrown away. The Argony captivates the visitors with a wide variety of different things. It is called the Aladdin's cave of Victorian tastes and interests. Besides the guided tours you can explore on foot the nearby places using the marked paths through the River Black water or through the woods.
Armagh has a wealth of sights but it isn't the only place in Northern Ireland that is worth visiting. Northern Ireland can put its guest in the time machine and give them a fantastic journey back to the beginning of Irish history. Just relax and just be happy with what you see and please enjoy your trip to Northern Ireland.