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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Published August 10th 2018
A race through space with planetarium, rockets and the Hulk
Armagh Planetarium is a fantastic place to visit and has attractions for all groups and ages. With interactive displays, scale perfect models and a breathtaking cinema experience, it is not to be missed. Now celebrating its 50th year, there has never been a better time to visit.

A keen visitor, trying on the astronaut clothing in an interactive section

The planetarium dome offers an immersive cinema experience, that takes viewers to the stars and back. Offering several different shows throughout the day, this experience is at the core of the planetarium visit. We went to the family show, which was an enjoyable and informative 25-minute journey through the solar system.

Planetarium interior
Before the show begins

There are several rooms dedicated to the realities and achievements of space exploration. My favourite exhibits were scale accurate models of exploratory vehicles and scientific equipment. The Mars landers were incredibly realistic and had informative boards that explained both their functions and findings.

Mars 'lander' vehicle
One of several exhibits celebrating space exploration.

Armagh Planetarium is also the home of the Cosplay 'Emerald Garrison'- which is a group of Star Wars and Sci-Fi enthusiasts who offer cosplay and role play experiences to visitors. As well as Stormtroopers and rebel soldiers, we saw Star Trek crew members, Jedi Knights and even a Death Eater from Harrry Potter. It was marvelous. There is even a replica bridge of one of the Star Trek space craft, and The Incredible Hulk lurks around a corner. Beware of the 'Face-sucker' alien from the Ridley Scott films, though!

A frighteningly realistic alien predator

There are many, many other things to see at the planetarium and my absolute favourite was a display of meteorites and photographs of meteorite craters. Visitors can actually touch and really see the meteorites and find out about what they are possibly made of. To encounter genuine pieces of space material felt truly magical.

An informative display that focussed on the gargantuan temperatures and dimensions of planets and suns.

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Why? Full of Space, Science and Sci-Fi
When: Open almost every day. Please consult website for details and times
Phone: 028 3752 3689
Where: Armagh, Northern Ireland
Cost: Between 5-8 entry
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