Making the short drive to Armagh to visit the Navan Centre & Fort turned out to be one of the highlights of our recent holiday in Northern Ireland. The Navan website states it's one of Irelands most important archaeological sites and it certainly brought the myths and legends of that time alive for us when we visited.
Our first stop was to the replica Iron Age dwelling house, where Little Miss was put to work with grinding barley for flour.
Once we'd finished exploring the dwelling we made our way to meet Brian Boru and some of his army. Only by chance had we picked a day to visit where a further event was on! The re-enactors were both patient and knowledgeable, providing stories of battle, ancient crafts and cooking. Both the Mister and I have an interest in Vikings and that period of history, so this was a real treat for us.
Then it was time to take the short walk to visit the Navan fort. With lots of activities for the tots to amuse themselves with, the walk turned into an adventure in itself.
The Navan fort, otherwise known as Emain Macha, was larger than I expected. I'm officially getting old; I couldn't keep up with the tots whilst they ran to the the top!
To give some kind of idea of the size, this is the view from the top of the fort, looking down one side. The purpose of this ancient monument is still unknown, but it's thought to have been used for some form of ceremonial purpose. To find out more about you can visit the Navan Fort & Centre website: http://www.armagh.co.uk/navan-centre-fort/
We had a fantastic day out, which proved to be frugal too as we'd [unintentionally] chosen to visit on a day when access to everything was free!
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