Georgian Day 2023

Visitors of all ages are welcome to the Hill of Armagh on Saturday 25 November for Georgian Day, to visit No 5, Armagh Robinson Library and St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral.

No 5 Vicars’ Hill and Armagh Robinson Library will be open from 12 noon until 5.00pm.

In the Library, visitors can explore Georgian life and etiquette with our resident living history character “Mrs Smith”.

We also welcome caricaturist, John Farrelly, who will be drawing portraits in the Library’s Long Room. In Georgian times, artists including William Hogarth used caricature to poke fun at society. looks forward to drawing many portraits throughout the afternoon and promises not to follow Hogarth’s lead!

In No 5, children can write their letter to Santa Claus and have the letter closed with a wax seal, with the help of one of our living history characters.

From 2.00pm to 4.00pm Santa Claus will be visiting No 5 to meet the children, hand out small presents, and have a photo taken!

The Santa experience is a new initiative supported with funding from the Social Enterprise Academy. The living history interpreters are supported by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral will be open from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Members of the Cathedral shop team will hold a Christmas shop sale, 9-5pm, including stocking fillers of jewellery, books, candles, angel ornaments, and the Cathedral’s 2023 Christmas card.

At 5.00pm the Cathedral Choir will sing Choral Evensong, a traditional service which dates back hundreds of years and takes place at the end of the working day. The service is led by the choir, who sing responses, a psalm, canticles, and an anthem. Very little has changed in the format of this service since Georgian times. All are welcome to experience this quiet, reflective and very beautiful act of worship in the iconic setting of the Cathedral.

Free admission to all three buildings on Georgian Day.

For further information, please contact Armagh Robinson Library by e-mailing or telephoning 028 37523142