Armagh Robinson Library & No 5 Vicars' Hill


Sharing the Riches of the Past! There is something to inspire all the family in both the Library & No 5. The Library's Long Room is home to our permanent and temporary exhibitions. Many of the Library’s treasures are on display, such as Medieval manuscripts, incunabula (books printed before 1501), Archbishop Beresford’s archaeological collection, and Jonathan Swift’s own copy of Gulliver’s Travels with notes in Swift’s own handwriting. Every three months a new temporary exhibition is installed, highlighting in works from the collections on a particular subject. The intriguing museum & visitor attraction, No 5 Vicars’ Hill is a short walk from the Library, opposite St Patrick’s Cathedral. No 5 was built in 1772 as the Diocesan Registry by Archbishop Richard Robinson as part of his plans to improve the City of Armagh. From the outside No 5 looks no different from the houses on either side. However, its small hallway opens into two beautiful, octagonal rooms with vaulted ceilings. Although the Diocesan records are no longer kept in the building, some examples are on display, with ancient coins, gems, significant prints, early Christian artefacts and other collections and curiosities from Armagh Robinson Library. A three-dimensional model of Armagh City offers a bird's-eye view of the City as it was in the first half of the 19th century, and activity sheets will keep children and young visitors entertained. They can learn to write their name in Ogham, the earliest form of Irish, handle of coin replicas, do a quiz, make rubbings of medals and ancient bronze objects or try the jig-saws of old prints! Touch screens offer the opportunity to explore the collections in more detail.

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Free to Visit

Current opening times

Monday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


  • Galleries & Museums
  • Arts & Culture
  • Mature visitors
  • Historical
  • Heritage Sites
  • Solo Visitors
  • Retail On Site
  • Wifi
  • Toilets
  • Car Parking Available
  • Guided Tours
  • Credit Card Accepted
  • Covid-19 Guidelines
  • Free to Visit
  • Families
  • Friends
  • Kids
Free admission for casual visitors. Guided group tours  £3 for each location. Visits to No 5 are by prior booking only.
Group visits and guided tours need to be pre-booked.
We look forward to offering you a warm welcome, stepping back into the eighteenth Century! Light from elegant windows lights up the Long Room of this Georgian library, the main visitor space. The walls are lined with rare and beautiful books from floor to ceiling.

There is something to inspire all the family in both the Library & No 5, such as treasure hunts, interactive touchscreens, our displays and a 3-D model of early 19th century Armagh. 

In the beautiful Georgian building on 5 Vicars' Hill we have many treasures on display, including coins, gems, prints, and early Christian artefacts.

Contact details

  • 43 Abbey Street
  • Armagh
  • United Kingdom