This rather lovely, sylvan park 7 miles (11km) northeast of Armagh on the River Blackwater contains the ruins of Benburb Castle, a squat fortress-like ruin dating from the Plantation of Ulster in the early 1600s. It occupies an impressive cliffside spot overlooking a gorge. In 1646, an Irish army defeated an Anglo-Scottish invasion force at Benburb, thus ending the brief Scottish bid to rule Ireland. The castle is on the grounds of a Servite priory; admission is free, but you have to arrange in advance if you want to do more than see it from the outside. Call the priory at 028/375-8241 for more information, or contact the nearby Benburb Valley Heritage Centre ( 028/3754-9752), which has exhibits on the history of the area.
County Armagh› Attraction
Benburb Valley Park
89 Milltown Rd., Benburb, Co. Armagh
Our Rating Neighborhood Take B128 off A29. Hours Heritage Centre Apr–Sept Mon–Sat 10am–5pm. Park daily until dusk Phone 028/3754-8170 Prices Park free admission. Heritage Centre £3.
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