Navan Centre & Fort, Armagh

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Navan Fort is an ancient ceremonial monument near Armagh, Northern Ireland. According to tradition it was one of the great royal sites of pre-Christian Gaelic Ireland and the capital of the Ulaidh. It is a large circular hilltop enclosure—marked by a bank and ditch—inside which is a circular mound and the remains of a ring barrow. Archeological investigations show that there were once buildings on the site, including a huge roundhouse-like structure which has been likened to a temple. In a ritual act, this timber structure was filled with stones, deliberately burnt down and then covered with earth to create the mound which stands today. It is believed that Navan was a pagan ceremonial site and was regarded as a sacred space. It features prominently in Irish mythology, especially in the tales of the Ulster Cycle. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology, "the of myth and legend is a far grander and mysterious place than archeological excavation supports".Navan Fort is the heart of the larger 'Navan complex', which also includes the ancient sites of Haughey's Fort, the King's Stables and Loughnashade .
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  • The Navan fort has a gentle stroll up the hill but is well worth it for the views. There is steps to help walkers to the summit. Across the road there is a sign and path to the Navan Centre. The cafe ...  more »
  • Fantastic spot to learn about Irish mythology and history. Walk in the footsteps of the high kings, Cuchulian and the Red Branch warriors. The tour and exhibition are well worth it.  more »
  • Very good place to visit. Staff were very friendly, helpful & informative. The staff in their period costumes & historical enactment were brilliant. They were happy to spend plenty of time explaining ...  more »
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  • Intriguing building on arrival. Detailed but easy to understand information & background to Navan itself. Staff helpful. Iron Age actors very good. Doesn't impose on the Monument.
  • Perhaps our favorite stop on our Ireland tour. The museum and nearby hill are just fantastic, with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. As an old player of DAoC, this was a must see. And it was well worth it.
  • Navan Fort was one of my favorite experiences in Ireland. The visitors center was completely unexpected. They have all sorts of information on the mythology surrounding the area, an Iron Age replica village, and an amazing gift shop that was chock full of books. The fort itself was beautiful, calm, quiet, and there weren't alot of visitors, which was a nice change of pace.
  • A nice place to visit to learn some history or just go for a walk with your dog.
  • Great for kids. Educational and fun

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