Family Days Out in County Armagh: NT The Argory

Kieron Gribbon and family go for an October Woodland Walk at The Argory – a popular National Trust property in County Armagh.

Saturday 6th October 2018

The Argory is very easy to get to by car from Belfast. Most of the journey west is via the M1 motorway to junction 13, then along minor roads following brown signs.

The River Blackwater forms part of the property boundary at The Argory. It is one of the major tributaries of the River Bann system, discharging into Lough Neagh a few miles downstream.

The Argory offers a varied mix of tranquil walks through gardens, woodland and alongside the river. Many of the walks are suitable for buggies, although small walkers will need close supervision near the river. There are also some water-filled ditches to be aware of close to other paths and boardwalks within the property.

The Argory is home to a variety of tree species including oak and lime. If you want to see the colours of autumn, it is the perfect place for an October Woodland Walk.

The Neo-classical main house at The Argory was built in the early 19th century. Along with the nearby courtyard and gardens, it tends to be the busiest part of the property at weekends. This area can get a bit crowded when events are being held at special times like Easter, Halloween and during the lead-up to Christmas. Even then, the walking trails will provide a peaceful escape from the localised bustle.

Walking tours of the main house are available. Upon arrival at the property, a member of staff will be able to advise on times for these. Facilities on site include ample parking, a coffee shop, gift shop, book shop and toilets. There is also an adventure playground for the kids.

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