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Lurgan is a town in County Armagh in Northern Ireland. In Irish An Lorgain means "the shin", indicating a long low ridge. It was laid out as a "Plantation" town from 1610, with characteristic wide streets, and grew up as a market and linen-processing town. It become part of the commuter-belt for Belfast even in the 19th century when the railway arrived. In the 20th century Lurgan was badly afflicted by "The Troubles". A nearby New Town of Craigavon never entirely got built but Ulster's first motorway arrived. Lurgan has light industry and in 2011 its population was estimated as 25,093.

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By train[edit]

  • 1 Lurgan railway station. Lurgan is about 25 mins south west of Belfast to Portadown. Is on the Belfast–Newry railway line. Lurgan railway station (Q3970001) on Wikidata Lurgan railway station on Wikipedia

By car[edit]

24 miles south west of Belfast off the M1.

Get around[edit]

By bicycle[edit]

Lurgan has a good network of bitumen cycle paths which are in most cases separate to the road network, and link Lurgan to the National Cycle network. These paths also link Lurgan to Lough Neagh, Craigavon Lake and Nearby Rushmere Shopping Centre.


  • Market Street. is one of the widest main streets in Ireland.
  • 1 Brownlow House (Lurgan Castle). built in 1833 with Scottish sandstone in an Elizabethan style


  • 1 Lurgan Park, Windsor Ave, +44 7766 740427. Walking distance from the town centre, features a large lake, home to swans and ducks. There are also many bitumen paths around the lake: that are suitable for walkers, runners and cyclists (of all fitness levels).



Lurgan has several small restaurants on the main street and a number of bakeries, coffee shops and take-aways.

  • 1 Love Coffee, 48 High St, +44 28 3832 7092. coffee shop, stays open late on Thursday and Friday evenings, 19:45 to 22:00, during the summer.


Lurgan has a well established drinking culture with many local landmark public houses and clubs. Such treasures as the Ashburn Hotel, more popularly as "The 'Burn", with a regular club scene. There is a more traditional feel with Fa' Joes and the Cellar Bar on Market Street and a more modern feel with other bars on Lurgan's "Golden mile" from Queen Street to the Lough Road with The Courthouse and the International Bar.



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