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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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.