Garvagh itself has a rich and varied history. Through the years, this rural town has achieved widespread fame for its sportsmen, politicians, authors, musicians, poets and characters - including George Canning and the talented Hampsey Harpers. Each September, Garvagh welcomes autumn with a Horse Show - organised by the Garvagh Clydesdale and Vintage Vehicle Club. If your appetite is whetted by this dip into the past, you can also visit Garvagh Museum and Heritage Centre which is located behind the clock tower at the top of the town. This museum is a joy to discover, for it is home to an extensive collection of historical and cultural treasures and is the largest, private rural folk museum in Ireland.
If you're in the mood for a little relaxing time outdoors, you can explore Garvagh Forest which is a short walk from The Imperial. Covering over 200 hectares, this beautiful forest offers a range of walking, cycling and mountain bike trails and has an actual pyramid (built by George Canning) at the entrance to the forest! Lovely walks are always in season here beside the picturesque Agivey River - especially in spring when ancient bluebells and wild garlic blossom.
While it remains a traditional shopping town serving Glenullin, Ballerin and Moneydig, Garvagh has - more recently - become a hub of light industry. It also serves Aghadowey - a beautiful rural townland that is the largest rural district in Ireland.