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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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  • An area of outstanding beauty with plenty to look at and look for...there is gosford castle, the deer, the small farm animals and the woods. Also a playpark for children and an area designated for cam...  more »
  • 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. 
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  • 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.
  • Brilliant place so clean. There's a park for the kids a small lake and a bicycle track. The forest itself is a good walk. There is also animals definitely worth a visit.
  • 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 :-)
  • Love walking with my dogs in the forest and my dogs love to swim in pond and then walk in river. And now with the new play area for children, its a great place for family and friends to hang out.
  • Love this place we stay here quite often at the caravan site we go long walks in the woods my children love the farm animals and birds