Milford House Museum


Milford House


Milford House was once the talk of 19th century Ireland the wonder of its age and Milford linen was known throughout the world. Today  the factory is gone, Milford House derelict and is one of the top twelve listed buildings at risk in Northern Ireland, but this doesnt mean it has been forgotten about. Now thanks to the dedicated work of the  Milford Buildings Preservation Trust...

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"Mass kidnappings, inventions that revolutionized the worlds of business and sport, letters to and from Stalin, if theres a building in Ireland with a more fascinating history than Milford House, just outside Armagh I'd be surprised"
Gordon Adair, BBC Newsline

Georgian Festival 2019


Georgian Festival this year was a huge success for Milford House Collection which took part in this year's extended Festival organizing events on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st December. Many of the extensive programme of events were a complete sell-out at the venue which took part in the annual festival celebrating Armagh's magnificent heritage and architectural beauty. On Georgian House tours visitors were greeted by 18th century characters Mrs. Dawson one of the wealthy Dawson's of Dawson Street (played by Margaret McManus), Miss Cust a member of the wealthy merchant family (played by Mary Lester) and Alexander Ross the Chaplin to Archbishop Robinson (played by Stephen McManus). Visitors conversed with the Georgian characters and Mr. Ross told them how he and Miss Cust had been promenading round the newly built Armagh Prison- they enjoyed a good hanging! Miss Cust explained she was very wealthy, earning £60.00 a year but alas her father being in trade prevented her marrying gentry! This was followed by highly entertaining house tour of Milford House Collection. For second year running Georgian Afternoon Tea at Milford House Collection on Friday Saturday and Sunday was a complete sell-out. Extra places had to be added. This was an afternoon Tea with a difference where visitors were entertained by Mr. Ross who told them of life in 18th century Armagh and his hard life as the Archbishop's Chaplin. Tea was prepared by Mr. Ross in silver teapots at the Dining table and visitors enjoyed delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches served in beautiful china and silver. At the Georgian Afternoon Tea in addition to guests being entertained by Mr. Ross, they were joined by three Georgian ladies who popped into discuss over tea their marriage plans and their search for a hangman's noose in time for a Christmas wedding! This year the Trust held new evening event on Saturday and Sunday - Tales of the Unexpected at 7.00pm where visitors were enthralled by guides revealing stories from the archives, including the story of the mass kidnapping of the girls at Manor House School by the first headmistress. The Trustees of Milford Buildings Preservation Trust which owns Milford House Collection said: " We are delighted to take part in the spectacular Armagh Georgian Festival and have received rave reviews from visitors to Milford House Collection. We are overwhelmed by the response from the public we welcomed to our events and it was our absolute pleasure to be able to celebrate with so many visitors our rich Georgian culture. As an independent charity we get no funding for the events we organise during Georgian Festival and would like to thank all those who contributed to its success. In particular to those who organized our catering, took part in living history and to Joy and Marion at the Visitor Information Centre all those who worked so hard work in promoting the Georgian Festival".

No. 3 Victoria Street Armagh - Milford House Collection



Built in 1850 this handsome townhouse is located in Victoria Street in the prestigious Armagh City, where William McCrum of Milford House spent his last days in poverty in a boarding house. A tour of this elegant house reveals the fascinating world of Milford House. The elegant interiors evoke the family tastes, artworks and personal possessions from Milford House and their extraordinary achievements. While the possessions of girls who attended Manor House School at Milford House reveal wonderful tales including mass kidnappings  and even a famous actress! Now as Milford Buildings Preservation Trust breathes new life into the house it is once again a marvel. We hope you enjoy your visit.



Milford House Collection will reopen on for 2019 season on Saturday 4th April. 2.00pm -6.00pm Tickets can be purchased at main house or booked in advance. 

Browse our second hand bookshop and enjoy a relaxing day out for all  the family


Eventbrite - House tours

Milford Buildings Preservation Trust is an independent charity and receives no government funding.

Please consider adding a donation when you buy your ticket. If your a UK taxpayer we can claim tax claim Tax back from the government at no cost to you.


Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Sunday 22nd March

Enjoy delicious Afternoon Tea on Mother's Day in our elegant Dining Room surrounded by family portraits. Followed by a special house tour led by our curator Stephen McManus uncovering the stories of the women who lived at Milford House. From Harriette McCrum to the girls who lived there when it was a school in twentieth century.

Eventbrite - Mother's Day Afternoon Tea at Milford House



Milford Buildings Preservation Trust is an independent charity an independent charity. 

The restoration and representation of Milford House Collection has been made possible by  

Stephen McManus, the past pupils of the Manor House School and other generous donors

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