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Gosford Forest Park, Armagh

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4.4/5 based on 90 reviews on the web
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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  • Husband and I took the children for a run about and a play at the new park It was lovely and although the weather turned it was still a nice afternoon out 
  • I really enjoyed my walk around Gosford Park. Such a pretty location with both a short walk and a longer walk for people that are up for a bit of adventure! If your in the area give it a go. 
  • This is a forest park which is well worth a visit. It has several well laid out walks which are of different lengths to suit all abilities. There is an excellent children;s play area.There are facilit...  read more »
  • Fabulous family day out. Plenty to see, great walks and cycle paths. Poultry and wildlife, picnic areas and campsite. Will definitely make a return trip :-)
  • Beautiful park with fantastic trees from all world, places from relax, playground for children... I can coming back here always and always.
  • Love it there absolute heaven
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