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.
The Dublin-Belfast Enterprise train doesn't stop here, change at Portadown. 1 Lurgan railway station is north of town centre along William St.
Ulsterbus 551 runs hourly from Belfast via Lisburn and Moira to Lurgan, 65 min; it continues to Craigavon and Sprucefield Shopping Centre but doesn't reach Portadown.
By road follow M1 and exit at junction 10.
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.
Ulsterbus 46 / 47 shutttles between Lurgan, Craigavon and Portadown every 15 min.
- Market Street is very wide, typical for a Plantation-era main street. It's mostly undistinguished low-rise but spare a glance for the Italianate Town Hall, and Shankill Parish Church (C of I) at the top of the vista.
- 1 Brownlow House (Lurgan Castle), Windsor Ave, Lurgan BT67 9BJ, ☏ . Tea rooms Tu-Sa 10:00-15:00. Grand mansion built in 1833 with Scottish sandstone in sort-of-Elizabethan style. It's nowadays a venue for weddings and similar big events; they don't do tours but you can sip a stylish cuppa in the tea rooms.
- 2 Oxford Island in Lough Neagh became a peninsula when the water level was lowered in 1846. Much of the area is a National Nature Reserve. There are sometimes boat trips along the lough from the marina nearby at Kinnego.
- Lurgan Park a block east of High St was originally the grounds of Brownlow House. There's a lake with wildfowl, and the park paths are firm going for walkers, runners and cyclists.
- Lurgan Golf Club is north end of the park. White tees 6311 yards, par 70, round £30.
- Watch soccer at Glenavon FC, who play in the NIFL (Danske Bank) Premiership, the game's top tier in Northern Ireland. Their stadium is Mourneview Park, capacity 4160, by the hospital south side of town.
- 1 Craigavon Ski Centre is the improbable facility one mile north of Lurgan. It's a Dendex surface, all 100 yards of it, so it's really just for kiddy-wink beginners.
- Tesco in town centre is open M-Sa 07:00-23:00, Su 13:00-18:00. There's an ATM; they don't have fuel.
- 1 Ballydougan Pottery, Bloomvale House, 171 Plantation Road, Gilford BT63 5NN, ☏ . M-Sa 09:00-17:00. They hand-make pottery, and sell this and other kitchenware and giftware. There's a popular restaurant, and they also have four self-catering cottages.
- Central eating places include Spanish Nook (Mexican really), Palomo Bistro, Wee Paddy's Bistro [dead link] and Palm Tree; plus fast-food takeaways.
- Cafes on main drag include Love Coffee, Truffles and Icons.
- Long-established bars are "The Burn" ie Ashburn Hotel (see Sleep), Fa' Joes wine bar and Cellar Bar on Market Street, and The Courthouse and others on "golden mile" from Queen Street to the Lough Road.
- Ruby Blue Spirits is a microdistillery and gastropub in Moira, midway between Lurgan and Lisburn. They distill potato vodka and fruit liqueurs; tours are available.
- 1 Ashburn Hotel, 81 William St, Lurgan BT66 6JB, ☏ . Comfy well-run hotel. Popular restaurant (serves daily 12:00-14:30, 17:00-21:00) and bar. B&B double £100.
- 2 Glenmore Manor, 150 Lough Rd, Lurgan BT66 6JL, ☏ . They offer B&B midweek. Weekends they hire out for exclusive self-catering use (sleeps 18), eg for weddings and hen parties.
- 3 Newforge House, 58 New Forge Rd, Magheralin, Craigavon BT67 0QL, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Excellent upscale hotel in Georgian mansion. Open Feb - mid-Dec. No dogs. B&B double from £160.
Lurgan has good mobile and 4G coverage from all UK carriers. As of Aug 2020, 5G has not reached this area.
- Armagh has long been the ecclesiastic capital of Ireland, with two cathedrals, and a prehistoric "fort" that was clearly a religious centre.
- Hillsborough is the grand castle, gardens and symbol of power a few miles outside Lisburn.