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“A place to rest your mind...”
Review of Navan Fort

Navan Fort
Ranked #9 of 37 things to do in Armagh
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Owner description: Considered one of the most important ancient monuments in Northern Ireland, this historical structure is identified as Emain Macha, the seat of the ancient kings of Ulster, and named after the Princess Macha.
Daejeon, South Korea
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A place to rest your mind...”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

There is not much to see of this place but when you reach here, a wonderful view of the area is waiting for you. If you are interested in photography, don't forget to take your camera with you!

Visited April 2014
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English first
Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Travel back in time.”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

We happened on the sight while killing time one morning, and we were not disappointed. The centre itself is amazing, built into a mound, and the tour with electronic narration, was excellent. The mythology and history are fascinating. The Iron Age settlement wasn't open till April, so we missed out on what I'm sure must be amazing - because that's what it looked like from the outside. As the weather was rather inclement, we were unable to walk to the Fort, but that will be for another time. Children will love it.

Visited March 2014
Thank Lesley C
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Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great local history”
Reviewed 19 February 2014

The visitor centre is very informative and the self guided tour is wonderful with all the historical information and the tales of the celtic myths.

Very friendly well informed staff and the walk to the top of the fort was lovely.

The only thing that spoilt it was the amount of dog mess on the paths within the park, a lot of money has obviously been spent modernising and making the paths accessible so it is a shame that some irresponsible owners spoil it.

Given the amount we saw it obviously is not regularly cleaned, something maybe park staff should do something about.

It's not somewhere I would now be keen to take young children for health and safety reasons.

Visited February 2014
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Armagh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“An amazing Neolithic site.”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

I have been visiting the Navan Mound for over ten years. I love celtic archaeology and I find the Navan Mound history and mythology incredibly inspiring. I also got married on top of the mound nine years ago so I would definitely reccommend a visit.

Visited September 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
218 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Show your support”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

This is the first time in nine years that the Navan Fort Centre has been open when we have visited. Over the years we have made a few trips up to the Fort itself & have enjoyed the experience, however, as other reviewers have said; if you go to the Centre first, you will get the full benefit of visiting the Fort afterwards. Its a lovely building, mimicking the construction of hill forts and barrows & of itself worth a visit for that alone... The staff are very friendly & helpful & its clear that the exhibition does its best to be informative & largely suceeds. Having said that, its a bit "clunky" headphones are available to guide you through most of the exhibits - they "switch" as you move on & it can be a bit disjointed from time to time. Some of the screens seem to be out of kilter with the narration and one or two just dont seem to be related at all. My headphones failed a third of the way through & I had to go back for a replacement set (these things happen I know). One or two items are in old-style cases, poorly lit and with tiny typed labels which are difficult to read with less than pin-sharp child vision, sorting this sort of thing out would make a significant difference to the exhibition overall. Having said all of this, it is worth going & the Archeology "dig pits" outside the building do I am sure give a huge number of children a great deal of delight. There is the option of a video explaining the key points of the site etc, if you lack the time or inclination to make your way around the artefacts exhibit. There is a coffee shop which we didnt visit & a small gift shop too. The helpful staff member told us that they run a number events through the year focussing on interesting school children in archeology & history & at £5 per adult, we thought it was a fair price for what the centre has to offer..

Visited November 2013
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