The majestic Brownlow House, constructed in 1833, sits quietly beside Lurgan lake in the beautiful surroundings of Lurgan Public Park. Brownlow House has been designated as a building of special architectural and historical interest by the Department of Environment, affirming that Brownlow stands as one of Northern Ireland’s most unique and interesting historical locations. The building is steeped in history including a well-documented visit by 34th President of the United Sates, General Dwight D Eisenhower. Currently the building serves a number of distinct purposes including as a wedding venue, a conference venue, guided tours with the premises also containing a tea-room for visitors to take advantage of.
Tea Room: Monday – Sat 10am – 3pm
Entrance cost: Free
Money Penny’s Lock
Money Penny’s Lock is a restored 18th century lock-keepers house and stables located on a picturesque stretch of the Newry Canal. The site, which includes partial access to the interior of the lock-keepers house including still intact 1900’s interior providing a glimpse into a homestead of that time. The stables contain a fascinating exhibition exploring life on the canal as well the history of Newry Canal. One of the biggest draws of the Money Penny Lock is the blacksmith’s workshop, a fully operational blacksmith offering metalworking classes to the general public, a rare opportunity to get to grips with this historic craft. Alongside it’s history, the canal is a great visit for birdwatchers due to the diverse range of wildlife including Kingfishers. The site’s facilities include toilets and a picnic area for guests to use.
Open from April to September. Sat – Sun 2pm – 3pm
Entrance cost: Free
Website: Money Penny’s Lock
Ardress House is a large National Trust farmhouse constructed in the 1700s and set within 100 acres of orchards. Ardress House contains the table on which the constitution of Northern Ireland was signed upon, a truly significant piece of Northern Irish history and a great exhibit for any history enthusiasts. The operational farmyard contains an impressive range of farm tools and machinery from the era, a fantastic insight into farming methods from generations past. For lovers of nature, the grounds boast an attractive garden, a scenic woodland and a riverside walk. The site contains free parking, a shop and guided tours, offering guests a chance to learn about the historic house, farmyard and the cultural and historical artefacts on site.
House & Farm: Thursday – Monday 1pm – 6pm
Lady’s Mile Walk: Dawn – Dusk all week
Entrance cost: Adult £5.00 Child £2.27
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