Armagh Georgian Festival1
Armagh Georgian Festival1

Armagh Georgian Festival, a Nod to City’s History

A popular heritage festival in Armagh City is set to celebrate its unique Georgian history later this month with a series of tours, talks, theater and musical performances, and a  dazzling light show, as well as a host of costumed characters adding to the festive atmosphere.

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The annual celebration, known as the Armagh Georgian Festival, will take place between Nov. 23rd and 26th.
Photo: Tourism Ireland.

Armagh’s impressive Georgian architecture is a highlight of the festival.  Richard Robinson, who served as Archbishop of Armagh in the mid-1700s, is credited with the design of many of the city's fine buildings.

A walking tour describes his influence on the city, with tours of the Archbishop’s Palace and the chance for visitors to visit the renowned Robinson Library to view its many treasures.
The Palace Demesne in Armagh City, otherwise known as the Archbishop's Palace. Photo: Tony Bowden,

Here is a look at what’s in store over this fun-filled weekend.

Stargazing at the Armagh Planetarium, Nov. 23

Visitors can kick off the Armagh Georgian Festival by attending a night of stargazing at the Armagh Planetarium.
The Armagh Observatory/Planetarium. Photo: Brian Morrison, @ArmaghPlanetariumandObservatory.

The dome show is already sold out but tickets for stargazing only are still available.

Gin and the Georgians, Nov. 23

Visitors can enjoy a tasting of several local gins and be entertained by Georgian characters in costume, similar to what would have taken place during the period known as The Gin Craze.

a building with a red door Armagh Georgian Festival
Photo courtesy of Seven Houses Facebook.

The event, titled “Mother's Ruin, Madame Geneva: The Gin Craze,” is being held in a restored heritage building known as No.1 Seven Houses, which is now a guesthouse and restaurant.

Georgian Light Show, Nov. 24-25

The dramatic “Fairytale of Armagh” light show will transform the city’s Georigan-style Market House into a shimmering canvas that is sure to delight all.

Georgian Festival Stalls, Nov. 24-25

Visitors can enjoy a variety of seasonal gifts and fare along with music from various stalls set up on the city’s Market Street.
Photo: Tourism Northern Ireland.

Other festival activities include horse-drawn carriage rides along the city’s tree-lined Georgian Mall, Georgian afternoon tea at the Armagh City Hotel, a mock Georgian trial in the city courthouse, and a Georgian murder mystery together with a seasonal menu incorporating produce and other ingredients from the local region.

What’s to Love About Armagh

Armagh is considered the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland with strong ties to Saint Patrick. In addition, the city has two cathedrals dedicated to the patron saint.

people standing in a field Armagh Georgian Festival
Visitors on a tour of St. Patrick's Way, the camino walk in County Armagh. Photo: © 2022 Rob Durston, All Rights Reserved for Tourism Northern Ireland.

It is also a key stop along Saint Patrick’s Way: The Pilgrims Walk.

Beyond the city, visitors can explore an ancient landscape at the Navan Centre & Fort, which is among the island of Ireland's most famous and important archaeological sites.

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