Armagh Observatory

Places to See | Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland.



This is certainly a fascinating place to visit in Armagh.

The Armagh Observatory is a modern astronomical research institute with a rich heritage. Founded in 1790 by Archbishop Richard Robinson, the Observatory is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading scientific research establishments. Around 25 astronomers are actively studying Stellar Astrophysics, the Sun, Solar System astronomy, and the Earth’s climate.

The Observatory’s 14 acres (57,000 m2) of landscaped grounds make for a great family day out. Explore scale models of the Solar System and the Universe, sundials and historic telescopes, as well as telescope domes and other outdoor exhibits. The Human Orrery, launched in 2004, is located close to the main Observatory building. It provides a unique investigation of planetary motion. It is also fun to use with the capacity to present fundamental ideas in astronomy, mathematics and space science to as wide an audience as possible.

The Observatory’s specialist library and archives, and collections of scientific instruments and artefacts associated with the development of modern astronomy, represent one of the leading collections of its kind in the British Isles.

The Armagh Astropark is a scale model of the Universe, brought down to Earth in a beautiful natural setting. As you stroll around it, you will discover some of the amazing phenomena in our Solar System, our Galaxy, and beyond.   The Armagh Planetarium is also nearby.

Address: The Administrator, Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, Co. Armagh BT61 9DG


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