Several more of Armagh’s top visitor attractions will reopen their doors in August, including Armagh County Museum, Brownlow House and the Market Place Theatre, it was confirmed today.
FE McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge and Armagh’s Navan Fort & Centre reopened this week.
With new safety measures introduced which adhere to government and public and health guidance, Armagh Country Museum opens on Wednesday 12 August from 10am until 4pm and admission is free.
The oldest county museum on the island of Ireland and set in Armagh City’s beautiful tree-lined Mall, its collections capture centuries of stories relating to the people who lived, worked and had connections with this famous city and historic county. With collections ranging from local history and fine art to archaeology and natural history, this is the ideal place to experience a flavour of the famous ‘orchard county’.
You can also enjoy the museum’s newest exhibition, Troubles Art, which continues until October and which draws from the art collection at National Museums Northern Ireland featuring artists’ response to the troubles and border counties. Part of the Making the Future project, a cross-border cultural heritage programme funded through the PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), it’s definitely worth a visit.
Another place to explore this summer is Armagh’s much-loved Market Place Theatre – just a short stroll from the Mall – and is preparing to reopen safely for visitors from Friday 7 August. This flagship venue will be open from Thursday to Saturday every week from 10am to 4pm, welcoming visitors to view a fantastic photographic exhibition by Vincent Loughran in its spacious gallery.
The Market Place Theatre’s hugely popular interactive workshop programme will also resume on Saturdays throughout August. Places are still available for creating your own Macramé Plant Holder on 15 August. Unfortunately all other workshops are sold out. Booking for the Macramé workshop and further information is available by contacting the box office during its opening hours on 028 3752 1821 or through www.visitarmagh.com/marketplacetheatre.
Meanwhile, the grand Elizabethan Brownlow House safely reopens to visitors on Monday 4 August in Lurgan Park, Northern Ireland’s largest and most beautiful urban park. Built in age of grandeur and cultured tastes, Lurgan Castle as it’s known locally is an imposing building situated just a few minutes’ walk from the Lurgan town centre. Built in 1833, this Grade A listed destination should be on everyone’s itinerary this summer.
Visitor safety is a priority across all reopening venues and new measures are firmly in place for the everyone’s health and wellbeing.
For more information and ideas on things to do, places to visit, eat, drink and enjoy, www.visitarmagh.com.