This private Belfast shore trip
focuses on Ireland's Patron Saint Patrick. Included are visits to St. Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral, the visitor center dedicated to telling the story of the Saint and also a chance to see his burial spot.
After meeting your private guide you immediately depart for Armagh which has been Ireland's spiritual capital for 1,500 years and also the seat of both the Protestant and Catholic archbishops. The venerable city of Armagh predates Canterbury as a Christian religious site and it was also the legendary seat of the Celtic kings of Ulster. It's a vibrant city, with hospitable people and great attractions. Elegant Georgian buildings surround the city's magnificent oval tree lined Mall, where cricket is played in summer.
Your first stop is a visit to St. Patrick's Church of Ireland (Anglican) Cathedral in Armagh. The Cathedral lays claim to the summit of Armagh's principal hill, Druim Saileach (Sallow Ridge) and is the site where St Patrick founded his first church in 445 AD. He ordained that Armagh should have the preeminence over all the churches of Ireland, a position still held to this day. A series of churches occupied the site since 445 and the core of the present building is medieval. As you enter the Church you will see the remnants of an 11th century high cross and a statue of Thomas Molyneux. The chapter house has a collection of stone statues including the Tandragee idol and a Sheila-na-gig with ass' ears. Brian Boru, Ireland's first High King and the king responsible for the defeat of the Vikings in 1014 is buried in the Cathedral.
After your morning in Armagh you drive to Downpatrick where you have free time to enjoy lunch (meal not included) in a local pub.
This afternoon you visit the St Patrick's Center, an exciting interpretative exhibition, which tells the fascinating story of Ireland's Patron Saint. Through Patrick's own words, a light shone on the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and its development through his mission. A series of interactive displays allows visitors to explore how Patrick's legacy developed in early Christian times and reveals the fabulous artwork and metalwork, which was produced during this Golden Age. The exhibition also examines the major impact of Irish missionaries in Dark Age Europe, a legacy that remains to this day.
After visiting the center you will walk a short distance away to see the burial spot of this much venerated Saint.
You return to the pier in Belfast later this afternoon.Mobility
: Folding wheelchair OK, some sites may be inaccessible (advance notice required)
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