Gosford Forest Park, Armagh

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Gosford Forest Park is located outside the Co. Armagh village of Markethill. Gosford Forest Park, previously Gosford Demesne, was acquired by the Department of Agriculture in 1958 and comprises some 240 hectares of diverse woodland and open parkland. Gosford Forest Park is also home to Gosford Castle.It was designated the first conservation forest in Northern Ireland in 1986.Facilities. Facilities available include: • Camping and Caravanning Site (with mains electricity) • Picnic and Barbecue areas • Tea House and Shop• Way-marked Trails• Horse-riding routes• Orienteering routes• Disabled facilities• Bookable Guided Tours• Special events (arranged by permit)• Function HallHistoryIn the early 17th century the Acheson family came to the Markethill area, and built a very substantial farmhouse near the present town of Markethill. The family came from Monmouthshire and, in fact, the present Earl of Weymes is related to the Achesons who later became the Earls of Gosford. When they came here first they brought with them 13 families, and some of the family names still survive in the area, notably Galbraith, Greer, etc. One of the two forts (or raths) in Gosford Forest was named after the Greer family who farmed the land in that area.The first dwelling place of the Achesons was burned down; this house was near the town of Markethill which the family were responsible for founding. In 1610 the family were granted the lands of the present estate. They proceeded to build another house using locally procured, hand-made, red brick. This house was named Clonkearney Manor after the townland in which it was built. The path to this site is up near the ponds, but unfortunately only a portion of the red brick foundations is now visible. This house was reputed to have been burned down during the Williamite wars in the mid-17th century.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Perfect for a Sunday walk. The Park is very large. You can see the gosford Castle and admire the different areas of this huge park.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Great place for a walk. The play park is great to occupy kids and the small farm will keep them enthralled with all different types of birds.  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    After missing our daily walks due to various reasons we called in here to the Forest Park. I noticed it before because of all the cars parked outside on the main road. The reason they park on the outs...  more »
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  • Good walks and carparking. Children's play area seems quite good. Could do with a few more picnic tables.
  • Beautiful walks and plenty of routes. Play park is large and inventive. Could maybe do with a few more tables for family picnics.
  • Great for the kids. Excellent play park and good cycle paths through the forest.
  • Place for walking hiking and camping. There is a farm and wild dears. Highly recommended.
  • I was impressed with this place. Relatively easy to walk with plenty of cycle routes. Dog friendly tho some paths go close to the roads round the outer edge and cross some tracks in the park. Looks to have a large fairly new park, picnic area, toilets and a "farm" area. Worth the trip and likely to go again next time I'm in the area.

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