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Route Plan - Armagh City Walking Tour

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Introduction

  • This route plan gives access information for the Armagh City Walking Tour.
  • The total distance of the route is approximately 3.5 kilometres.
  • The starting point is the Mall and the finishing point is No. 5 Vicar's Hill.
  • The tour goes via Armagh Observatory, The Archbishop's Palace and Armagh Public Library.
  • There are sections of this route that may not be accessible for a wheelchair user due to the gradient, surface or narrowness of the paths.

The Mall To The Observatory - Section 1

  • Start at the Mall East.
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  • Use the ramped exit from The Mall Grounds into The Mall East.
  • The ramp has a moderate gradient and is 130cm wide.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The ramp overcomes 5 medium steps.
  • The steps are not marked and do not have handrails.
  • There is a Blue Badge parking bay close to this access point.
  • The dimensions of the bay are 230cm x 790cm.
  • After exiting the grounds turn left and follow the pavement along the Mall East.
  • The pavement is level and has a tarmac surface.
  • At the end of the road turn right and cross The Mall East.
  • The crossing has dropped kerbs at both sides but no tactile paving.
  • At the far side of the crossing turn left and then immediately right into College Hill.

The Mall To The Observatory - Section 2

  • Proceed along College Hill.
  • The pavement is uneven in place due to drain covers and drainage gulleys.
  • The path slopes moderately uphill.
  • When you reach an archway on the right hand side with a sign saying "The Arches" turn left to cross College Hill.
  • Take care when crossing this road as it is busy with traffic in both directions.
  • This crossing point has a dropped kerb on the near side but not on the far.
  • There is not tactile paving.
  • At the far side of the road turn left and come back on yourself along College Hill until you reach the Observatory access road.
  • Turn right into the Observatory access road.
  • There is no dropped kerb at this point.
  • Proceed along the Observatory access road.
  • Take care of traffic in both directions as there is no pavement.
  • The road has a tarmac surface and slopes steeply uphill.
  • There are several speed bumps along the route.
  • Continue along the access road for 300 metres until you reach the Observatory.
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The Observatory To The Archbishop's Palace - Section 1

  • Go back down the Observatory access road the way you came.
  • At College Hill turn left and cross the road in the same position opposite "The Arches".
  • Turn right at "The Arches" and follow the pavement back down towards The Mall East.
  • Cross The Mall East in the same position at the end of the road.
  • The crossing has dropped kerbs at both sides but no tactile paving.
  • Proceed straight ahead for approximately 500 metres, following the pavement to the end of The Mall East.
  • At the junction with Gaol Square follow the pavement round to the right.
  • The pavement widens and bench seating is available.
  • Proceed along Gaol Square until you reach The Mall West.
  • Turn right into the Mall West and stop at the traffic lights.
  • Cross the Mall West at the traffic lights.
  • There are 3 roads to cross here with the traffic coming from the right then the left and the left again on the third.
  • All crossings have dropped kerbs and tactile paving at both sides.
  • Controls are at a convenient height for wheelchair users at all crossings in this route.
  • At the far side of Mall West turn left and then right along Barrack Street.
  • The pavement has a very easy cross slope from right to left.
  • The pavement surface is block paving.

The Observatory To The Archbishop's Palace - Section 2

  • When the pavement splits, bear left and cross Scotch Street at the traffic lights.
  • There are 2 roads to cross with traffic from the right and then the left.
  • Both crossings have dropped kerbs and tactile paving at either side.
  • Turn right down Scotch Street, the pavement is level with a block paving surface.
  • Cross Dobbin Street next to the stainless steel sculpture called "For the Love of Emer".
  • There are dropped kerbs and tactile paving on both sides of the crossing.
  • Turn left and proceed along Dobbin Street for 170 metres.
  • The pavement continues to have a block paving surface.
  • There are some undulating sections.
  • You will pass the Dobbin Street Community Centre on the right (Click Here For Detailed Information) and then reach Linenhall Street as the pavement bends round to the right.
  • Cross Linenhall Street. There are dropped kerbs and tactile paving on both sides of the crossing.
  • Continue along Dobbin Street until just before the junction with Dobbin Street Lane on the opposite side of the road.

The Observatory To The Archbishop's Palace - Section 3

  • Cross Dobbin Street diagonally to the right towards Dobbin Street Lane using the dropped kerbs.
  • The dropped kerbs have short moderate slopes with no tactile paving.
  • Be cautious of oncoming traffic approaching from the left.
  • Turn left down Dobbin Street Lane and continue straight ahead for 100 metres.
  • Turn to the right and cross Dobbin Street Lane diagonally to the left when opposite the entrance to Friar Tuck's.
  • There are dropped kerbs on both sides but tactile paving on the far side only.
  • Turn left and continue along Dobbin Street Lane.
  • Cross the car park access road.
  • There are dropped kerbs and tactile paving on both sides of the road.
  • Follow the pavement as it slopes easily uphill to the end of Dobbin Street Lane.
  • At the end of Dobbin Street Lane to the right is some more public art in the form of the "Saints and Scholars Railings".
  • Turn right past the railings into Friary Road.
  • Proceed straight ahead past an adverstising board until you reach the traffic lights.
  • There is some loose gravel on this tarmac section of pavement and a slight cross slope from right to left.
  • Cross Friary Road at the traffic lights.
  • There are dropped kerbs and tactile paving on both sides.
  • The dropped kerb on the far side is 5cm high.
  • Turn left at the far side then immediately right into the Palace Demesne Public Park. (Click Here For Detailed Information)
  • At the park information sign, cross the access road.
  • There are dropped kerbs and tactile paving on both sides of the access road.
  • Turn right and proceed straight ahead, past the Priory.
  • Follow the pavement up the hill, there is a very long moderate slope.
  • The path is tarmac but there are some slightly uneven sections where the surface is worn.
  • There are some bench seats along the route.
  • Continue until the road forks and then bear left towards the Palace.
  • There is tactile paving on the right hand side of the pavement at this point.
  • Follow the tarmac path as it slopes moderately downhill towards the Palace.
  • There is a dropped kerb and tactile paving when you reach the Palace car park driveway.
  • It is over 500 metres in total from Friary Road to the Palace.
  • You have reached the Palace.
  • The Palace was being refurbished at the time of the survey.

The Archbishop's Palace To Armagh Public Library - Section 1

  • Return to Friary Road the same way you came, crossing the access road in the same position near the entrance.
  • Turn left into Friary Road and cross the road in the same position at the traffic lights.
  • At the far side of crossing turn left and proceed along Friary Road.
  • There is a long easy slope leading uphill.
  • The pavement has a tarmac surface with some loose gravel.
  • Follow the path as it bends round to the right and take the first right.
  • The path slopes easily downhill to the junction with Irish Street opposite St Malachy's Chapel.
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The Archbishop's Palace To Armagh Public Library - Section 2

  • Just before the junction with Irish Street turn left and cross the road.
  • There are dropped kerbs on both sides of the road but no tactile paving.
  • Take care when crossing this road as it is busy.
  • Turn right then immediately left into Irish Street.
  • Proceed towards the traffic lights.
  • The pavement has a tarmac surace and slopes easily uphill.
  • At the crossroads with traffic lights bear left and cross Navan Street.
  • There are dropped kerbs with tactile paving at both sides of the crossing.
  • Turn right then immediately left and continue along Irish Street.
  • The pavement has a tarmac surface and slopes steeply uphill.
  • Cross Culdee Street.
  • There are dropped kerbs on both sides of the crossing but no tactile paving.
  • Continue uphill along Upper Irish Street.
  • Follow the path as it bends round to the left away from the road and then turns right to lead back up to Upper Irish Street.
  • Cross Upper Irish Street.
  • There is a dropped kerb at the far side only and no tactile paving.
  • The nearside kerb is 10cm high.
  • Take care for traffic in both directions as vehicles can be travelling very quickly.
  • Turn left at the far side of the crossing.
  • The pavement is very narrow (width 85cm) with a wall to the right.
  • There are easy to moderate slopes uphill on this section.
  • The surface of the pavement is tarmac.
  • There are some breaks in the pavement with no dropped kerbs.
  • The kerbs are 7cm high.
  • The pavement then narrows to 62cm as you approach the junction with Castle Street on the right hand side.
  • Turn right into Castle Street.
  • There is then another kerb across the pavement which has to be navigated.
  • The kerb is 12cm high.
  • There is a moderate cross slope from right to left on the final section of pavement (width 85cm) as you appraoch the Irish Public Library on the right hand side.
  • You have reached the Irish Public Library.
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Armagh Public Library To No. 5 Vicar's Hill

  • Exit the library and turn right towards the St Patrick's Cathedral (COI).
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  • Vicar's Hill is the road to the right of the cathedral as you face it from the library.
  • There is a pavement on the right hand side of Vicar's Hill only.
  • Wheelchair users may have to use the road as the pavement is very uneven and can be obstructed by parked cars.
  • The road slopes uphill steeply from the library into Vicar's Hill.
  • No. 5 Vicar's Hill is located on the right hand side.
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