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Home of the famous Red Branch Knights and Ulster Cycle, the Centre offers visitors a unique appreciation of the history of the area.
Learn of the mystical characters and mythical characters of Navan like Cu Chulainn, King Conor McNessa, Queen Mebh and Deirdre of the Sorrows.
In a fun and interactive way families and individuals can walk and talk with heroes of these tales through a living history interpretation.
See the remaining mounds, ditches and banks of Emain Macha (Navan Fort) and learn about the massive circular ritual temple built by this majestic warrior clan.
- Meeting with the Celts in an Iron Age Dwelling
- Walking the footsteps of history on a guided tour to Navan Fort
- The interactive Archaeology Discovery Room
- Environmental aspects of the site, which you will learn about on the Ecology Trail
- Gain a unique appreciation of the history of Emain Macha
Open Year Round
April - September
Daily 10:00 - 18:30
Note: on Saturday, August 6, the Centre will be closed from 16:00 to facilitate the Wickerman Gathering event. Last admission will be at 14:00.
October - March
Daily 10:00 - 16:00
Extra Admission Times: The centre can open outside these hours for groups who have booked in advance.
(Note: The Living History interpretation operates April to September only)
IMPORTANT NOTE: work is currently underway on some exhibits. Until the 29th January 2016 the following elements of Navan will be available to visitors:
- A condensed exhibition looking at the background of Navan in a local and national context.
- Audio visual show bringing the Myths & Legends of the Ulster Cycle to life.
- Outstanding Archaeology Discovery Room where you can bring archaeology alive to understand the history of Navan.
- A site self-guided map for your visit to Navan Fort, or weather permitting, a fully guided tour to the site.
The lower winter pricing rates will apply during this time.
Closed: December 24 to January 3
Last admission: 17:00 April to September, or 15:00 October to March
Approx. visit duration: 2 hours minimum
Senior (aged 65+): £4,05
Student (with valid ID): £4.05
Child (aged 4-18): £3.30
Toddler (aged 0-3): Free
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children): £15.90
Senior (aged 65+): £5.45
Student (with valid ID): £5.45
Child (aged 4-18): £4.40
Toddler (aged 0-3): Free
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children): £18.00
Other Useful Information
Exhibition is multi-lingual with interpretation in French, German, Spanish and Italian.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Café/restaurant serving home-baked food daily. There is also a picnic area.
Gift shop selling range of gifts and speciality books.
Free car and coach parking on-site.
The Navan Centre and Iron Age Dwelling are fully accessible. The Fort require a level of good mobility.
Free Wi-Fi available in the restaurant area.
Group rates available (minimum 10 people). Pre-booking required.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
- Sandford Award for Heritage Education (2013)
- NI4kids 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' (2014)
- TripAdvisor, Centre of Excellence Award (2015)
The Navan Centre & Fort is 3km from the City of Armagh.Navan Centre & Fort [Emain Macha] Nearby Attractions
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