Armagh Observatory and Planetarium was among the winners at the recent Northern Ireland Hospitality Awards 2022, receiving Highly Commended for Family Venue of the Year.

Voted for by the public, the aim of the awards is to celebrate those who contribute to making Northern Ireland a top destination and is an exclusive celebration of the people and businesses that make the country a great place to visit or call home; from restaurants, bars, and hotels to shopping complexes, festivals and cultural venues that enhance the country’s cultural landscape.

Heather Alexander at the awards

Heather Alexander, Senior Education Officer at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium who picked up the award on the night said: “We are delighted to be recognised for all the hard work and dedication put in by our staff to make Armagh Observatory and Planetarium a unique and fascinating venue for all age groups. As the longest running Planetarium on the British Isles, we aim to make every visitor feel welcome and valued in our premises while we take them on a journey like no other. We believe this award recognises the dedication and passion our staff have in delivering this experience.”

Opened in 1968, Armagh Planetarium is sited in a heritage environment with a rich scientific history at the forefront of astronomy.  Now unified as a single organisation, the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium delivers internationally recognised research in astronomy and related sciences and vibrant educational and outreach programmes for all ages.

Armagh Planetarium is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm, and open 10am – 5pm on Bank Holiday Mondays. Among other things, visitors can expect an interactive exhibition on the planets in our solar system, family shows and workshops, activities which help you learn about the life cycle of stars and planets, and there are also daily dome shows where you can look up at a projection of the night sky. Admission to the Planetarium ranges from £9 per adult and £6 per child, and free for under 3s. Group discounts and family tickets are also available.

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