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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.
The Navan Centre & Fort is a place where myth and reality meet. As the ancient seat of Kings and the earliest capital of Ulster, there is plenty to explore! Step back in time by 2,000 years with a visit to the Iron Age dwelling (April-September), where you will meet the Celts going about their daily lives and bringing history to life! 
After meeting real-life warriors, learn more about the stories of the bravest of them all - Cú Chulainn and the Red Branch Knights. On-site AV show incorporates many of the tales of the Ulster Cycle associated with the great site of the Navan Fort.
With archaeological evidence of the site dating back to 95BC, experienced tour guides will accompany you to what is undoubtedly one of Ireland's most famous sites. For younger visitors, the indoor and outdoor Archaeology Discovery space is a must-see, along with an Ecology trail to truly appreciate the diversity of wildlife the grounds have to offer.


Launching for the 2020 season, become totally immersed in life as an Iron Age Celt!
  • Be welcomed into the clan with a cleansing ceremony & traditional purification involving smoke and fire 
  • Taste traditional homemade herb bread & mead, using locally foraged foods—a truly authentic experience! 
  • Enjoy storytelling by the fire, including the tales of Ulster’s greatest heroes and warriors such as the legendary Cuchulain and goddess Macha, who gave the site and nearby Armagh their names
  • Discover the Iron Age village area, decorated as in times of celebration! 
  • Connect with the land and energy through Celtic Mindfulness 
  • Fully guided tour to the ancient site of the Navan Fort by an expert guide
  • Exhibition space on the archaeology of the area and audio visual show, which details the myths and legends of the Ulster Cycle 

Visitor Information

Open Year Round

Open from Thursday 30th July

10am - 5pm (Thursday - Sunday)

See www.visitarmagh.com/navan for up to date opening times

(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
W: www.navan.com

Approx. visit duration: 2 hours minimum

Admission Prices 2020
Prices are in £ sterling

Adult: £12.50
Senior (aged 65+): £11.25
Student (with valid ID): £11.25
Child (aged 4-18): £7.50
Child (under 4): Free
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children): £26
Extra Child: £4

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Other Useful Information

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.

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