Dungannon, County Tyrone BT71 6NA
Tel: (+44) 01868 789589
Built in 1824 for Walter McGeough, the Argory has a fine setting on a slight rise overlooking the River Blackwater on the Armagh/Tyrone border, near Moy.
The house is a time capsule with everything as it was at the turn of this century. Electricity was never installed in the main rooms; instead the house was lit by gas from the acetylene gas plant which was installed in 1906.
A celebrated feature of the house is the magnificent cabinet barrel organ built by James Bishop of London which is one of the most important of its kind. It is still in working order.
There is a bewildering assortment of family treasures left by four generations including the weighing chair, watercolours by Mary Nichols, books, portraits and clothing.
The small Rose Garden is a must for all visitors, particularly in the summer when the pink and white roses are in full bloom. The sun dial in the middle of the garden bears the inscription “Here reader mark the silent steps of never standing time”.
Beyond the house and garden there are 315 acres of woodland and parkland with many interesting walks to be explored.
The Argory has an exciting events programme which attracts visitors from throughout Northern Ireland and further afield. Ardress, another National Trust property, is just three miles away.
Open: April, May & September: Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: 2pm – 6pm
Easter (Good Friday to Easter Tuesday): daily: 2pm – 6pm
June – August: daily except Tuesday: 2pm – 6pm
Shop & Tea Room: Days open as house
(Weekends only in June) 2pm – 6pm
Weekdays July & August: 3pm – 5pm
How to get there:
Derrycaw Road, 4 miles from Moy; 3 miles from Exit 13 on M1.