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Navan Centre & Fort [Emain Macha]
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One of Ireland’s most famous and important archaeological sites, the legendary Navan Fort is where myth and reality meets.

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.

Highlights include:
  • 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 

Visitor Information

Open Year Round

April - September
Daily 10:00 - 18:30

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)

Contact Details

Navan Centre & Fort [Emain Macha]
81 Killylea Road, Armagh, Co. Armagh

T: +44 (0) 28 3752 9644

The Navan Centre & Fort will be closed from Saturday December 24, to Sunday January 1, inclusive. The Centre re-opens again on Monday 2nd January 2017.

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 2

Last admission: 17:00 April to September, or 15:00 October to March

Approx. visit duration: 2 hours minimum

Admission Prices 2016
Prices are in £ sterling

Winter Rates

Adult: £5.45
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

Summer Rates

Adult: £6.60
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.

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. 


  • Sandford Award for Heritage Education (2013)
  • NI4kids 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' (2014)
  • TripAdvisor, Centre of Excellence Award (2015)


Map Location

The Navan Centre & Fort is 3km from the City of Armagh.

 Navan Centre & Fort [Emain Macha]    Nearby Attractions

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Navan Centre & Fort [Emain Macha]



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Tickets valid for 365 days from purchase

No Booking Fees

and special rates for seniors, students, kids & families.

Next-up Events

May 30 - May 30 2016
The Celtic Apprentice read more
May 1 - May 1 2017
Preparing for Bealtine at the Navan Centre & Fort, Armagh read more
May 29 - May 29 2017
A Navan Quest at the Navan Centre & Fort, Armagh read more

Group Enquiry?

If you have a group enquiry for 10 or more people, you can contact us here.